Create Dummy ALSA Devices (en mass)
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Since this was a bit of a pain to track down, here's the process, on an Ubuntu Server 12.04 machine, to create many ALSA dummy devices:
$ cat /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-dummy.conf options snd-dummy enable=1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1 pcm_devs=4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4 fake_buffer=0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0 $ modprobe snd-dummy
That sample creates 48 dummy devices (on 12 cards), though that's likely more than you'll ever need. The fake_buffer array means they should all have a real internal buffer. The "enable" array is specifying how many cards to create. The pcm_devs array specifies how many pcm devices to have on each card.
Note that dummy devices do not seem to work as the target of dmix. You can use a file plugin to send the audio sent to the dummy device into a file or pipe.
[Update] The values are *all* arrays...
[Update] You likely *don't* want dummy cards, you likely want loopback cards
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