Questions related to PulseAudio, the default sound server in Ubuntu, which manages all audio devices like internal and external sound cards (and therefore all speakers, microphones, headsets, etc.) through its ALSA backend.

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play audio through bluetooth speakers in 12.04 using CLI

I have gone through the whole gamut of trials with setting up playing audio through bluetooth and have not been able to make it work reliably (i.e., got it to work one time, and has not worked after ...
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Optimal fix for post login freeze in Kubuntu due to PulseAudio

The following programs which starts with Kubuntu 13.04 freeze my KDE desktop for about 10 seconds. start-pulseaudio-kde start-pulseaudio-x11 When I remove the startup entries from ...
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no sound in Ubuntu 12.04 and /dev/dsp does not exist

Computer isn't playing audio. I've checked the hardware volume buttons, pavucontrol, and alsamixer. Nothing is muted. I've added the ppa sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-audio-dev. I've also done ...
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Setting the default ALSA device for Pulseaudio

I recently got an external soundcard/DAC (Fiio E17) and am currently trying to properly configure it on my Ubuntu 12.04 installation. When plugging it in via USB, it's immediately recognized and shows ...
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How can I let somone over ssh have access to pulseaudio?

I recently had a really good post here where I was able to figure out how to setup virtualgl and use it with X11 forwarding in ssh. I am using it to make a kind of multiseat setup. I only have one ...
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External Mic not always recognized

although this sounds similar to many previous bug reports, I couldn't find an answer in the other threads. I have a Samsung serie 9 laptop with a single audio connector for headphones/mic. I am using ...
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dynamic switch between audio (applications) source

Formuling a question was quite hard :) I would like to know if there is a way to force the soundoutput to play the last audio stream started, reduce the volume of the actual audio source and when the ...
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Stream Ubuntu audio to remote XMBC

I have a Raspberry Pi set up with an XMBC media server that can accept Airplay or UPNP inputs over the local network. I'd like to push audio streams to the Pi. I have managed to make it work with ...
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Pulseaudio works at 100 percent at all time

My headphones started to rattle recently. Then I opened pulse audio volume control I noticed that blue line indicating loudness of sound is always stuck at highest and it doesn't matter how much I ...
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Who is “user 109”?

I found out that user 109 launches pulseaudio on startup, which blocks mine: petr@sova:~$ ps -ef | grep pulseaudio 109 1515 1 1 15:23 ? 00:00:00 /usr/bin/pulseaudio --start ...
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How to improve the quality of music playing in Ubuntu?

I don't know how to start debugging it, but when I play music using XBMC it sounds a lot better than when using Clementine. I know it is a little subjective, but although I love XBMC great features, ...
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Static background noise while using new headset

Today I bought a new gaming headset (Gx-Gaming Lychas), and when I tried to record some gameplay-comentary I noticed that there always is a static background noise, I just recorded an example so you ...
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How to capture desktop sounds (Pulse Audio output) from avconv?

I've tried : avconv -f alsa -i pulse recod.wav ..but it doesn't capture anything. Have any idea? Thanks!
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13.04 No sound while running applications as seperate user

Firstly I have to say I'm really enjoying Ubuntu 13.04, many changes seem subtle but overall it seems to be a much improved experience over 12.10. Most notably the snappy gui responsivity is awesome. ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 RAOP to Airport Express 2nd Generation doesn't work, how do I debug and get it working?

I have never had any luck with RAOP or Stream2Ip from Ubuntu 12.04 or 13.04 to my airport express 2nd generation. In pulseaudio the airplay device either discovered by RAOP in paprefs or connected to ...
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Accessing PulseAudio server

I've set up pulseaudio on my Ubuntu server to receive tcp streams like suggested in the pulseaudio documentation and many tutorials. My /etc/pulse/default.pa now contains these lines: load-module ...
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Audio only on honker after upgrade to 12.10/13.04

I'm using a Dell Optiplex 980. Under 12.04, the line speakers worked fine, but after upgrading to 12.10 yesterday, the only audio output was through the built-in PC speaker with nothing going to the ...
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Multiple pulseaudio multicast “channels”

I'm running a ubuntu server, I've configured it with a pulseaudio RTP multicast sink. This sink is in use for a multitude of applications. What i'm looking for now is if there is a way to have an ...
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Sound doesnt work, after installing GPU Ubuntu 13.04

I had a Radeon 4670 that I replaced, with an Nvidea GeForce gtx460. Now My sound doesn't work. I figure it was a driver issue, so I installed the manufacturers recommended driver, but it still ...
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How to select the output device for system sounds in pulseaudio?

In the Playback tab in pavucontrol I can set the output device to use for each application but not for the "System Sounds". I have 2 active soundcards, one for my speaker and one for my headphones. ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 bluetooth A2DP does not work

I have installed Ubuntu 13.04 in a new partition and I have some issues with bluetooth. I usually use bluetooth to connect to my wireless headset, in the old partition with Ubuntu 12.10 everything is ...
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How can I access additional channels on my sound card through PulseAudio without kludges?

The Pulseaudio FAQ shows how to explicitly load an ALSA sink module with a channel map. This works, but also involves disabling the device autodetection modules, which I don't want to do. There is, ...
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No sound on a clean install Ubuntu 12.10

I'm new here, in fact im new on the linux world. I've had some issues with ubuntu. Nothing that I couldn't managed to fix. But I'm having this problem with sound. The first clean install I made ...
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No PulseAudio in Skype Sound Devices choices, and microphone does not work…

I have a new re-install of Mythbuntu 12.04.2 LTS. When I installed Skype 4.1.0.20 and tried to use it, I found that under options/Sound Devices/, under the three (Microphone,Speakers and Ringing) ...
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Rhythmbox play no sound after changing output device

Problem: Rhythmbox play no sound after changing output device. Ubuntu 12.04, i386, Rhythmbox 2.96. How i get this: - I have connected to my laptop a bluetooth headset. - In sound preferences I ...
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PulseAudio high CPU load and sound gets interrupted

Serious sound problems starting occuring about last week, with no particular reason. The problem is that all programs that send sound to PulseAudio, at some point stop playing sound, they continue for ...
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How to disable microphone from auto adjusting it's Input volume

I want to disable the way the microphone lowers itself depending on the input. Here is an image: The microphone started at 100% and slowly started to drop to where the image is showing. This is ...
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Microphone and speakers stop working

I was trying to make a Skype call and then the microphone just went mute. I tried to solve the problem by restarting pulseaudio (with service as well as killing it with -9) and then the speakers stop ...
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Streaming music to Marantz M-CR603

Our stereo installation supports, according to the box, streaming over AirPlay (although the normal RAOP stuff doesn't seem to work on it. I think it's something called Airport Express), DLNA and ...
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Splitting audio channels using pulseaudio

My mission is record desktop using avconv (ffmpeg) + record microphone input + use sphinx program which also need the same microphone for voice control. Now, the problem is that if I start sphinx ...
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Skype 4.1.0.20 - pulseaudio is correctly set, but the microphone doesn't work

I mentioned that my skype records during testcall the system intern sounds but not my voice. In the Soundsettings i have no panel for configuration. If I make a test with Sound Recorder, it works ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 crackling and popping sound [duplicate]

I've an Asus Z92V, I am running Ubuntu 12.10 and since I installed Ubuntu on this notebook the audio keep crackling and popping continuously. Moreover the volume bar on gnome-shell panel keep jumping ...
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Sounds have become unclean, now theres like static during all streaming and sounds like into a box and dusty

Could anyone help me find out what had turned the sound on Ubuntu 1204 like dusty and boxy? What I should check out or what I should do in order to improve it? The sound was pretty clean before I ...
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No application is currently recording audio Ubuntu 12.04 (ANSWERED) [duplicate]

The matter is that, when I go to Pulse Audio Volume Control in attempt to fix Skype microphone, it tells me that there is No application is currently recording audio . Does anybody have an idea how I ...
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Equalizer to cut specific frequencies on microphone input

Does ubuntu have a utility which can adjust levels for specific INPUT sound frequencies? We are doing video conferencing and one of our co-workers has a lot of unavoidable ambient noise. He would ...
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Recording sounds straight from sound card

I'm trying to record sounds straight from my sound card. I've found tutorials telling me to download PulseAudio Video Control and, in the "Recording" tab, make sure that I am recording from "Monitor ...
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Autoconnecting to bluetooth device on startup and autochanging audio output

I use ubuntu 12.10 64 bit. Every time I turn my computer on, I have to manually connect to my bluetooth speakers and change audio output to bluetooth device. I've found this question: Autoconnecting ...
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Why have I lost the 2.1 sound settings on my Asus N76VZ DH71?

I've just got the Asus N76VZ DH71 with a Sonicmaster subwoofer. I got the output on the sonicmaster, but essential its a right channel, not the sub. I was following: No sound from external ...
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Sharing Audio Streams In Firefox when using Gksudo

My admin user has proprietary information, banking info and internet password database on it's account. In order to use apps while online, prevent apps from contacting the internet silently, bring up ...
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Digital Surround (HDMI) Output

I recently built a HTPC and installed Ubuntu 12.10 on it. It's a Shuttle XH61V with an onboard HDMI connection that I'm using to connect to the TV, which in turn connects to the speaker system (5.1). ...
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Lubuntu no sound at all; no mute, alsa, pulse

Apologies if this question has been answered already but I've scoured these forums and I haven't found anything that works. I recently put together a low spec machine with plans on running Lubuntu ...
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Sound Menu gone missing after PulseAudio 3.0 install

Yesterday i was trying to minimize the lag when streaming music from my Ubuntu 12.10 laptop to my pulseaudio server on my raspberry pi, by installing pulseaudio 3.0 on the raspberry pi and then again ...
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No sound output (MSI K8N NEO4/CK804 AC'97)

I have a K8N NEO4 motherboard with a built in AC'97 sound card. It has a digital spdif output I wish to utilize. My reciever is a Denon AVR 1709 which supports afaik DTS/AC3 in 44100 & 48000 hz. ...
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Phonon Test of speakers “Front Left” , “Front Right” is not working

I am using KDE 4.10, Kubuntu 13.04. My audio is working great. But when I configure Phonon and try to test the speakers, I don't get any sound. When I start the configuration tool with: kcmshell4 ...
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Headset not muting speakers [duplicate]

Plugging in the headphones does not mute the laptops speakers, music does play out of the headphones but also continues to play out of the speakers as well. alsamixer's 'auto-mute mode' is already ...
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Is there a fancy vertical notification OSD that works for both ALSA and pulseaudio?

Is there a fancy way to get the volume notification OSD to work with both pulseaudio and ALSA? Right now the standard desktop ones only work with pulseaudio for me. How about a vertical OSD that I can ...
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Activating USB audio with /etc/pm/sleep.d script that runs pacmd commands

Ubuntu annoyingly switches the device for audio input and output from my USB headset to the built-in sound card every time I log out, hibernate, or shut down my computer. This takes place even though ...
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Sound Menu options are disabled

Accidentally I have removed the pulse audio from my Ubuntu 12.04. But after that I am unable to use the sound applet options of changing output, input volumes and unable to test the output speakers. ...
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Can't unmute with alsamixer

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 in combination with Awesome window manager. Most of the stuff ubuntu provides I don't use. I adjust my audio volume through scripts with amixer or manually with alsamixer. ...
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How to upgrade pulseaudio

I got some issues with sound, sometimes it freezes and get out of sync with picture. VLC is giving me error, and there is said that I should update to pulseaudio 3.0. I'm running Ubuntu 12.10 and ...