[Bf-committers] SDL versus OpenAL

Alexander Ewering blender at instinctive.de
Fri Nov 11 13:50:34 CET 2005

On Fri, 11 Nov 2005, Ton Roosendaal wrote:

> Hi all,
> Going over last week's mails... the discussion didn't reveil a real solution 
> apparently. Probably the most practical solution is not to look at what works 
> best, but to choose for what we can maintain best.
> My proposol: kick OpenAL out (because of its buggyness and lack of 
> maintenance), only use SDL, and add a small wrapper in the SoundSystem 
> library to at least support some distance/stereo cueing and support for game 
> engine Listener stuff.
> Target should be that all code in Blender then goes via the SoundSystem 
> module (or a replacement for it), with no SDL reveiled anywhere in our code. 
> With such a cleanup we then can look at better support later, for example 
> when a devoted developer shows up.
> Alexander; is this something you can do?

Hi Ton,

not in the short term, but it's certainly possible... You know that I
*have* already replaced OpenAL with SDL once for the game engine, and this
was done - IIRC - through the same wrappers as for OpenAL..

Of course, the animation system sound doesn't go through the SoundSystem

But I'm not sure if the whole wrapper is needed anymore - as SDL is
supported on all current platforms?

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