*Title: Signal Generation tools for Linux and /dev/dsp
*Author: Jim Jackson <email@example.com>
_Release 2.3.10 As with all software: there just maybe bugs_
*What are the programs?
This is a set of tools for imitating a laboratory Signal Generator,
generating audio signals out of Linux's /dev/dsp audio device. There is
support for mono and/or stereo and 8 or 16 bit samples. The basic waveform
sample generation code is in the file generator.c, the functions here can be
added to other programs fairly easily.
The current version can be downloaded from here
This is a bug fix release.
_2.3.10_ Release: Paul Martin & Jens Peter Secher (Debian siggen package
maintainer), reported problems with swept waveforms. There was an
integer overflow problem in some circumstances - usually when
using the x10 or x100 options.
Also this release changes the config file name from the old _sound.conf_
to _siggen.conf_ . Users with existing files can do:
ln -s .sound.conf siggen.conf
ln -s sound.conf siggen.conf
or simply copy the files
There should also be less warnings now!
_2.3.9_ Release: Lukas Loehrer reported a problem with writing raw
sound files, and Mark Shimonek reported a bug and fix with setting
the DSP device.
Several of the programs below are front ends for using the generator
functions, mixing the generated outputs and playing them on /dev/dsp. None
of the generation programs control the mixer - use your favourite mixer
program or use the simple mixer 'smix' which I have included here.
#_soundinfo_ A program to display some of the programming capabilities
of the sound system support for the mixer device /dev/mixer
and the DSP device /dev/dsp. Can easily be changed if
the mixer and dsp devices are called something else. Also
shows some of the ioctl calls in action :-).\\
Further info on your kernel's sound card configuration is
given by 'cat /dev/sndstat'.
#_signalgen_ is a command line signal generator where
details are specified from the command line for generating
sine, cos, square, triangle, sawtooth, pulse, noise waves.
Frequency, sample rate, relative amplitude etc can be
specified thru' command line options. The signal is played
continuously until the program is stopped. There are options
to save the basic raw digital samples raw to file or to a WAVE
#_swgen_ is a command line sweep generator. Both the sweeping and swept
waveforms can be specified, along with the sweeping frequency
and the swept frequency range. Otherwise similar to signalgen above.
#_siggen_ an Ncurses screen based Signal Generator for 2 seperate channels.
On stereo audio cards the 2 channels are played on seperate
outputs. On mono cards the 2 channels are digitally
mixed onto the one output. Type of waveform, frequency, amplitude,
sample rate etc are specified/changed via a screen menu.
This is version 2. It plays continuously. Changes to parameters
take effect (nearly) immediately. This version is pretty CPU
#_sweepgen_ an Ncurses screen based Sweep generator (see swgen above).
It is like siggen. Changes to parameters take effect (nearly)
#_tones_ a command line program to generate several successive tones of
varying freq., and optional differing waveforms, durations and
The sequence of tones can be either played once (the default),
or repetitively or the samples can be written to a file in raw or
WAV format. This could make the basis of an auto-dialer for
Check out README.tones and the tones.eg directory for some
examples of using the tones program.
#_smix_ a simple command line program for getting and setting the mixer
settings. (Eee by gum, yet another mixer, yawn).
#_fsynth_ an Ncurses based "fourier" synthesis "realtime" generator.
*Compiling and installing
You will need the ncurses library and header files. You will need sound card
support compiled into your kernel. You can build some of the programs, tones
signalgen and swgen, without soundcard support. These programs then can be used
to generate raw data or WAV files. You can also compile these programs
under other OSes than Linux, e.g. Sunos 4.1.
Edit the configuration file config.h, to set the options/defaults you require.
The defaults assume compilation under Linux with soundcard support.
The file has ample comments and should be self explanatory. If anyone wants
to suggest changes for building under other OSes then let me know and
I'll inlcude the changes.
Check out the Makefile and edit anything that is wrong for your system. The
ncurses library is assumed to be in normal library 'path' and the
ncurses include file is assumed to be in either /usr/include/curses or
/usr/include/ncurses/curses . If not, edit as appropriate. Just type 'make'
to make the programs.
Don't set -Wall in the makefile, the results will be deeply embarassing to
yours truly :-)
All the programs support optional interrogation of a common set of
configuration files. See _CONFIG.FILES_ for details.
Type 'make sysinstall' to install the programs into /usr/local/bin and the
man pages into /usr/local/man/man1. Type 'make localinstall' to install into
$HOME/bin and $HOME/man/man1. If none of these are ok for you then copy
manually or edit the Makefile. Edit the setting of variable PROGS to
customise which programs you install, e.g. you may not wish to install yet
another mixer program so delete smix from the list.
These programs have been tested on on various versions of Linux from
Kernels 2.0.36 - 2.6.22, and on distributions from RedHat et al., Debian
and Ubuntu. Seems to work with ALSA or OSS, and I have reports of it porting to FreeBSD easily. Compiled with no sound card support, the command line utilities
should work for creating sound files on most *nix OSes.
*Distribution and Copying
Distribution of this package is covered by the terms of the GNU
General Public License, version 2. See the file COPYING for further details.
These programs are Copyright (c) 1996-2008 Jim Jackson & contributors.
Jim Jackson <firstname.lastname@example.org>