Ciro Santilli
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ALSA can be thought as analogous to physical wires linking up machines.
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Except that instead of machines, you have separate programs. One such typical link is:
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The advantage of this setup is that separate programs can collaborate to make complex sounds.
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The disadvantage of this setup is that it makes it very hard to reproduce results, you basically need a docker image with the exact same version of everything. And some script to launch and connect all programs correctly.
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Some composition systems like LMMS reduce that problem by having synthesizers as plugins, so that you don't have to setup any connections yourself.
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