ASIO with Wineasio

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One of the biggest problems in emulating win32 audio applications has been the lack of ASIO support in WINE. Fortunately drumfix has updated the WINE ASIO patch originally written by Robert Reif to work with recent WINE version.

Following (big) applications have been tested successfully with wineasio:

  • FL Studio 7 (aka Fruity Loops)
  • Reaper (works perfect, evaluate for free)
  • VSTHost (free)
  • Almost all well known Native Instruments VSTs, Intakt, Kore


Here follows a little Howto on getting wineasio to work correctly:

Contents

Install needed packages

First emerge these:

emerge -av wine wineasio

Notes:

  • wine should be version 0.9.37 from the overlay, or greater.
  • the wineasio ebuild will pull in asio-sdk. You have to download that manually after accepting the Steinberg License and put the .zip to /usr/portage/distfiles

Register wineasio

As user run the following command to make wineasio known

regsvr32 wineasio.dll

Configure Wine

To configure Wine, run

winecfg

Goto the Audio tab, and disable everything but ALSA (especially the WINE jack driver will cause troubles)

Winecfg.png

Configure jackd

You will have to select a little bit higher framerate in qjackctl for certain applications. For example Fruity Loops 7 works well here with 1024 frames/period in my M-Audio Audiophile 2496. Wine ASIO will pass the selected values for buffer size and samplerate to the application, so all settings for that are made in jack! :)

Configure Wine ASIO

Wine ASIO allows specifying the number of inputs and outputs via environment variables.

In BASH this looks like

export ASIO_INPUTS=4
export ASIO_OUTPUTS=8

Or to set it statically, put above lines in ~/.profile.


Finally start your application, and select Wine ASIO as audio output driver, if not chosen automatically.

Application specific tips

FL Studio 7

For FL7 You will have to use a virtual Wine desktop, otherwhise menus will disappear in the background.

Open winecfg -> Graphics -> enable virual desktop.

Achitecture specific tips

To be able to use wineasio on amd64 do not forget to start jackbridge AFTER starting jackd.

jackbridge
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