Default Sample rate for Pulse Audio/Jack etc.

lukefromdc at lukefromdc at
Thu Jan 10 04:14:35 UTC 2013

I wouldn't bet on all those cards being gone! When I build systems from 
older hardware for use by friends and not for HD video, soundblaster live
cards as the avaialble sound cards are a common nuisance. You will find
them in a lot of Pentium 4 and Athon XP level machines that can run a 
modern DE and do anything except play or edit HD video (or deal with
modern games). These machines make fine audio editors once the 
sound card issues are dealt with. You might see a whole roomful
of machines of this type in a not-for-profit radio station.

It's getting harder to find basic, cheap soundcards new, the kind that
are not fancy and need no special drivers to not have mic bugs, etc. 
Back in 2008 I could get them for as little as $10. Also at that time, 
most motherboards I saw, new or used, had problems with noise or
even dead channels  in their onboard sound, and some older boards
had NO onboard sound. As late as 2008 there were motherboards
being sold new with defective onboard sound to the point of requiring
a soundcard for any serious recording work. Soundblasters sucked
for this (I always thought drivers were the issue) and the $10 kind
worked great.

Now, with all modern boards having good onboard sound, new basic
soundcards are going away. That means we don't want to trash usable
hardware for those who may now be unable to easily replace it.

On 01/09/2013 at 7:35 PM, "Len Ovens" <len at> wrote:
>On Tue, January 8, 2013 7:22 am, Mike Holstein wrote:
>> Can we all agree 44.1 "should" support the largest base of 
>consumer grade
>> hardware that new users most likely would be using?
>It appears there are two standards :P
>I have spent the last few days just looking at files and sample 
>rates. The
>majority of them (straight audio and video, eg. youtube) are 44.1k.
>However, The consumer PC audio hardware standard (according to 
>Intel and
>MS) is 48K. There are some AC97 audio interfaces where anything 
>but 48K is
>broken, the SB Live! being the best example. Where recorded left 
>and right
>tracks in 44.1k may be different lengths and out of sync. The
>manufacture's "fix" was use 48K.
>However, There are little if any AC97 IFs still in use and the 
>Intel HDA
>spec while still standardized on 48K has fixed the 44.1k part of 
>the spec
>so that at least it works :)
>I had a friend who recorded a Christmas production with two mics 
>into an
>SB Live! The two tracks were several seconds different in length.
>Hopefully most of these cards are long since replaced. The earlier 
>based cards were one of the best consumer cards at the time. (any 
>they supported)
>Len Ovens
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