[pulseaudio-discuss] Fwd: [LOW LATENCY] PA_simple

Arun Raghavan arun at accosted.net
Tue Jan 12 23:48:30 PST 2016

On 13 January 2016 at 13:14, Tanu Kaskinen <tanuk at iki.fi> wrote:
> On Wed, 2016-01-13 at 10:19 +0530, Swapnali Patil wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> we are using Pulse Audio API to playback audio received from network. So
>> far we are using pa_simple_api, with this we get latency of 2+ seconds.
>> From internet documents we got to about PA_STREAM_ADJUST_LATENCY flags. But
>> it seem this flag can be set for PA_STREAM_API.
> The PA_STREAM_ADJUST_LATENCY flag is automatically set for all streams
> created with the simple API.
>> We tried to set /use
>> PA_STREAM_API as mentioned below
>> . but it fails in
>> pa_stream_new
>> () it self.
>>     pa_ml = pa_mainloop_new();
>>     pa_mlapi = pa_mainloop_get_api(pa_ml);
>>     pa_ctx = pa_context_new(pa_mlapi, "ivcloudapp");
>>     pa_context_connect(pa_ctx, NULL,PA_CONTEXT_NOFLAGS, NULL);
>>      if(!s)
>>      {
>> s =
>> pa_stream_new(pa_ctx, "Playback", &ss, NULL);
>>        if (!s) {
>>   printf("pa_stream_new failed\n");
> This will fail, because pa_context_connect() doesn't immediately
> establish the connection. You need to monitor the connection state by
> setting up a callback with pa_context_set_state_callback().
>> Please give direction how we can set low latency with pa_simple_api.
> The latency is controlled by the tlength parameter in pa_buffer_attr,
> which you pass to pa_simple_new().

Just to add to hat Tanu said, you can see one of our tests for how
this is supposed to work:


In general, you're probably going to want the async API anyway to deal
with a low latency application (that way you can provide exactly as
much data as requested when it is requested).

-- Arun

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