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On the FMod comparison charts it tests against BASS.DLL, but it tests against a near two year old version, version 0.8 while version 1.4 is the current version. Is there any way you can update those tests? Any future plans?


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I can atest that version 0.9 and above are ALOT faster and more stable then version 0.8, 0.8 was not very stable and ran slowly on my comp, I thre bass out the window, but when 0.9 came out all the bugs were fixed and it ran very very fast. I dont know about the improvements from 0.9 to 1.4 but I KNOW that 0.8 to 0.9 has a huge differnce. I am currently using Fmod, but I would like to see how it compares to the newer bass.

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If it sheds any light for you, I used to use the DMC2 activeX control for VB which uses Bass.dll. I went thru a couple versions of DMC2 before finding the guts to rip it out and give Fmod a try.

DMC2 was incredibly inefficient even at the core: Using similar techniques as I still do now with Fmod, one song would eat about 3-8% CPU, while 2 mixed would eat 30%+. Even with tons more processing using Fmod, each stream eats about 5% per mix (5, 10, 15% for 1, 2, and 3 streams – no surprises or spikes).

Understand that the above CPU percentages are because of a ton of extra processing I do. For Fmod to just flat out play multiple mp3 or wav streams with no complex updates and callbacks going on, it takes a fraction of 1%, less than 2% for 3 streams at once.

The above figures are all as reported by the Fmod GetCPUUsage() and verified with TaskInfo2002 process monitor, on my AMD K6-2/500 with 192MB RAM on Win2k Pro.

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do not trust the OCX’s to run the DLL properly, I get very good speeds running multiple streams AND running a fullscreen DirectX game. This is using the bass.dll directly through api, not with the extra layer of the OCX slowness.

I use fmod only because a couple of formats I like that fmod uses, bass.dll doesnt use with the single dll, it requires multiple dlls, and I hate runtimes. I just wanted to see how the new fmod, compares to the new bass. Just a curiosity. Both run fast enough for me, I play 1 maybe 2 streams at once and many samples.

Does fmod allow loop points on streams ?

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Yeah its not an important thing, I am using Fmod, but I would like to know for my own reference.

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