Quote Originally Posted by RealNC View Post
That results in the game taking exclusive control of the card. Nothing else will be audible. Which is a disaster. Unless you talk to the dmix device. In that case, you're back to high latency.
Quote Originally Posted by christian_frank View Post
to be more specific , this is only the fact for non hw mixing cards ...which sadly seem to be very popular nowadays ..i love my hw mixing soundblaster
Quote Originally Posted by RealNC View Post
HW mixing is useless though. It was nice on my 486. That Gravis Ultrasound rocket the boat. But today, mixing can be done on the CPU so easily, it's not worth having it in HW.
"ALSA is useless" "HW mixing fixes that" "HW mixing is useless" Wat?!

You posed a problem. A solution was offered. You rejected it without justification.

Also, the dmix buffer size can be adjusted.