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terminology for sound thingamajigs.


man speaker-test has 
"... --channels ... --device ... --speaker ...".

man alsamixergui has
"... -c <card number or identification> ... -D <device identification> ...".

The distinction between channel and device isn't obvious.  Why does 
a simple USB audio adapter with mono input and stereo output 
provide four devices?  http://wiki.debian.org/ALSA uses terminology 
without explanation.  Neither http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_card 
nor http://www.alsa-project.org/ helps much.

Does anyone know of a decent overview of sound hardware and terminology?  
Yes, I've googled.

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