Is it possible to do linux audio without using Jack for audio routing?

Can I route using Alsa or OSS?

  • If it were possible, why does Jack exist?
    – CL.
    Commented Oct 27, 2017 at 6:29
  • @CL: AFAIK one of the most important reasons for creating Jack was low-latency audio processing. The routing is just icing on the cake.
    – dirkt
    Commented Oct 27, 2017 at 7:38

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You can do various things with ALSA plugins that I would describe as "routing", though it's not a basic concept in ALSA like it is in jack. For most concrete situations (you didn't mention if you have a concrete situation), you can cobble something together.

You can definitely route in Pulseaudio, it's a basic concept.

OSS is so old and depracted that I've never used it. From the little I know about it, I doubt you can do any routing with it.

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