I prefer using alsa only while I make screencast and do skype. Other times, I use pulseaudio/alsa. Is there a quick and easy way to switch between these two states on Ubuntu 12.04 desktop?
The easiest way is to use "pasuspender", which tells system to temprarily suspend PulseAudio. Starting your program with it will stop PulseAudio for the period you applications runs, then it will resume PulseAudio operation.
Many times it has been said that removing PulseAudio is a bad idea and an unnecessary one. The above should work much better.
General usage of pasuspender: