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I am looking for a way to create a virtual sound device in Linux, which would use channel outputs of my sound card.

I have no experience in Linux and therefore am asking more experienced users for help. I have latest Ubuntu Desktop 10.10 installed on my VirtualBox machine. What I want to do is to be able to create multiple virtual audio devices and then configure them to use different output channels of my M-Audio ProFire 610 sound card. The reason I want to do it is that I will use these devices in Java afterwards, and Java doesn't support directly selecting channels in the sound card, therefore I need to do it outside of Java.

In OS X I can do this by messing arround with Audio MIDI Setup utility, maybe there is something ready made for Linux, too? This is how it looks on OS X:

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I am looking for any help, hints, tips - well anything that will help me achieve this.

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How you do it depends a lot on which version of Ubuntu (9.xx, 10.xx) you are running. Could you clarify? I am assuming you are just interested in audio devices, not MIDI. –  jwernerny Feb 24 '11 at 17:59
Thank you for your comment. I installed Ubuntu Desktop Edition 10.10 64bit, which I downloaded from the official website. After installation it went online and downloaded nearly 600mb of updates, too. –  rkrv. Feb 25 '11 at 8:45
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You will have to edit ALSA configuration files in order to achieve this, which unfortunately involves a significant amount of black magic.

Here is an example of splitting a card's front and rear outputs into two independent audio devices.

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Maybe you know if Ubuntu Desktop Edition 10.10 64bit comes with ALSA already installed? –  rkrv. Mar 21 '11 at 11:59
@rkrv.: These days ALSA is the only method for playing audio under Linux. There are other alternative access methods (OSS, JACK, etc.) but they all sit on top of ALSA. So yes, it's already installed :-) –  Malvineous Mar 22 '11 at 10:21
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