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Can Retrovol/ALSA be upgraded in the older Pups?
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Mike Walsh


Joined: 28 Jun 2014
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Location: King's Lynn, UK.

PostPosted: Thu 01 Feb 2018, 13:34    Post subject:  Can Retrovol/ALSA be upgraded in the older Pups?
Subject description: Newer 'logarithmic' scale gives better volume output...
 

Evening, all.

Question:-

Can Retrovol (and, if necessary, ALSA itself) be 'upgraded' in the older Pups....like Lucid, and Racy?

I'm asking because I know for a fact that the newer Pups incorporate a 'logarithmic' scale selector in Retrovol's setup.....which I, personally, find gives far better volume output than the afore-mentioned older Puppies (which don't have this feature).

I use a powered-speaker system with subwoofer on the big old Compaq; with this, I don't need the volume control set much more than halfway to achieve acceptable results in more recent Pups. When using Lucid or Racy, I find this needs to be set nearly to maximum in order to get a comparable output.

In all cases, the 'PCM' control is always set fully up.

I just wondered whether anybody else has managed to do anything about this. Does ALSA itself need to be 'upgraded'.....or would simply upgrading Retrovol do the trick? Is it even 'do-able'.....or is this something that needs to be set up at compile time?

Thoughts and/or suggestions will, as always, be much appreciated.


Mike. Wink

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tallboy


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PostPosted: Thu 01 Feb 2018, 22:17    Post subject:  

May I suggest Audacious, which has an adjustable Output -> Effects setting named Extra Stereo. Does wonders for crappy speakers, must be absolutely fabulous with good speakers! Very Happy
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Smithy


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PostPosted: Fri 02 Feb 2018, 07:00    Post subject:  

Well you can't just upgrade with a pet Mike. Rerwin will know about Lucid.
I think it would need to be compiled with the kernel.
ALSA would be better if they could somehow put a soft knee compressor/limiter in the pipeline. VLC has one in the software.
It would be useful for for those youtube moments when the videomaker suddenly goes from mumbling to shouting like Barry Scott advertising Cillit Bang.
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Mike Walsh


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PostPosted: Fri 02 Feb 2018, 08:10    Post subject:  

Hi, tallboy.

Mmm. Y'know, I gave up on Audacious a while back because it was always 'freezing-up' on me!

For a general-purpose audio player, I think you've got to go a long way to beat DeaDBeeF. It's more versatile; it's certainly prettier to look at.....and it's got a better 'feature-set' for what I do with it. And I like the fact that you can control it from the tray, while working on other stuff.

But I see in the 'Multimedia' section (just a few minutes ago) that there's a thread about Retrovol. I'm going to investigate...

Thanks for the tip, though.


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