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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PulseAudio: Can not create sink with specific name anymore

Since having upgraded to Oneiric I can not create a sink in PulseAudio with a specific name. Usually I did it using this command: pactl load-module module-null-sink sink_name=test But now I get a ...
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How to use android 2.1 phone as remote audio receiver?

I have an unused HTC Hero Android phone (running Android OS 2.1), I would like to connect it to audio amplifier and leave it connected for months, so I could use this android phone as remote ...
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Running PulseAudio

How can I manage to make PulseAudio run under Ubuntu 11.10? From the Dash I search for PulseAudio, when I find it, I click on the icon and get the following reply: Fatal Error: Unable to connect to ...
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After upgrade my webcam mic records fast, high pitched, and squeaky only in Skype (maybe Sound Recorder problem too)

After an upgrade to 11.10 (kernel: Linux lucid 3.0.0-13-generic #22-Ubuntu) which probably also updated Skype to 2.2.35 (not sure because I never checked the version before) the sound that comes back ...
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espeak returns error on ubuntu server

I want to use espeak on my server, so I can scare my girlfriend from work :) ubuntu 11.04 server. sudo espeak -v en "Hello i am espeak" Error: ALSA lib pcm.c:2212:(snd_pcm_open_noupdate) Unknown ...
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Can a Windows computer access Pulse sound server on an Ubuntu computer?

With help I received in this question, I set up all my Ubuntu computers so that they all access a central computer for sound output, using Pulse Audio Preferences. I have some Windows computers as ...
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Bursts of white noise sound when playing videos

I've recently freshly reinstalled Ubuntu, and Mythbuntu, on all my computers. On one of my computers, Mythbuntu 11.10, when I play a video, when it starts, I get a burst of white noise (static) that ...
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Desktop install with Audigy Soundcard - no sound & errors in syslog

New 11.10 x86 desktop installation My new install is mute, troubleshooting provides no help but several of these messages appear in the syslog: Nov 21 10:10:33 WRKSTAx86 pulseaudio[1840]: [alsa-sink]...
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Why is playing music crashing my system? [closed]

Complete n00b here. I'm pretty sure playing music is crashing it (crashing: no response from keyboard/mouse - must cut power to restart) because it does not do it when a music player isn't running. I ...
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How to troubleshoot Bluetooth connection with headset?

How can I troubleshoot or debug my Bluetooth headset connection in 11.10? I am able to successfully create a working connection to my Bluetooth headset. I am able to route the input and output to the ...
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After moving my installation to a new computer, how can I have Ubuntu redetect sound hardware?

I want to move a working install of Ubuntu from one computer to another by taking the hard drive out of the first and putting it into the second. Everything seems to work except that I have no sound ...
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Why the process priority of Pulseaudio is -11?

Why it so low? Sometime when cpu is high load sound through Pulseaudio becomes choppy. I think this happens because process priority of Pulseaudio has so low value. So why it so low by default if it ...
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Traktor Audio 2 DJ soundcard configuration [duplicate]

I have a Traktor Audio 2 DJ USB sound card (the first version of what it's now called simply Traktor Audio 2) The problem in settings it only sees one output, when there should be two (I need that ...
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Dosbox has no sound

I try to run a game under dosbox, but it has no sound, and in the terminal dosbox says: MIXER:Can't open audio: No available audio device , running in nosound mode. ALSA:Can't subscribe to MIDI port (...
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Audio volume is maximum but when i play music its not the best maximum level yet compared to Fedora, Windows XP

How can i maximize the volume to highest++? (i have used alsamixer, pavumeter, etc) But none of those yet giving me more volume. So to test it. I removed Ubuntu and installed first Windows XP the ...
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Why can't Skype hear me?

Since I upgraded to Ubuntu 11.10, Skype can't seem to hear me any more. It's not that it transmits poor quality sound, it's just silence. I've tried the echo123 service many times, and there's nothing....
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Logitech C310 audio problems

I just installed a Logitech C310 webcam, on my onieric system, and I have a problem with it's audio. When recording sound from the webcam's source, the resuult is played very fast, in a very high ...
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How to change sound driver? (pulse -> oss)

I think Ubuntu is set by default to use pulse audio driver. How do I change to OSS? Some softwares that I am using only allow this type of sound driver to use corectly the sound system. Thank you for ...
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Play sound through two or more outputs/devices

I think this is a pretty simple concept. I have one sound card and one pair of bluetooth headphones. I want to play my audio through both my sound card and my bluetooth headphones. I believe ...
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How to change the default audio in Wine to Alsa only

I am trying to change the default Audio sound system to ALSA so it fixes some sound issues. How can this be done? Am using 1.3.x branch from PPA which is much better than the 1.1.x and 1.2.x in every ...
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Pulseaudio/flash overloading CPU [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Flash player + YouTube HD = crashing plugin My laptop fan has now been going full throttle for 10 minutes (not unusual) and top shows: PID USER PR NI VIRT RES ...
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Is there any Sound enhancers/equalizer?

What I am looking for is to have system wide implementation of sound enhancements like bass boosts, echoes, Fidelity, Stereo enhancement and so on. Audio Video players have their own equalizer but ...
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Controlling Phonon via command line?

My onboard audio card has analogue and digital outputs parallel, where I do connect them to my speakers and an amplifier. Now every time I want to switch where the sound goes I have to long way via ...
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How to change pulseaudio sink with “pacmd set-default-sink” during playback?

I need to switch the pulseaudio server of a currently playing audio stream. Pulseaudio server is set up with IP 192.168.1.105 $>cat /etc/pulse/default.pa ... load-module module-esound-protocol-...
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Static sounds every 20-30 seconds when playing HDMI

When I play a movie on my TV through HDMI, I hear periodic short static sounds. This happens with all players in Ubuntu, so this is not a problem with the player. When I play a movie through HDMI in ...
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Why am I getting this “Connection to PulseAudio failed” error?

I have a computer that runs Mythbuntu 12.04. It has an external USB Kenwood Digital Audio device. When I open up pavucontrol, I get this message: If I do as the message suggests and run start-...
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How do I forward sound from one computer to another over the Lan?

I have two computers. Computer A is running Ubuntu 11.10 with Gnome Clasic. Computer B is running Mythbuntu 11.10. Computer B has a sweet digital audio sound system. I want to play music from Banshee ...
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How do I set a pulseaudio card profile persistently across reboots

I'm trying to set up pulseaudio's card profiles, and I've gotten profile switching to work using pactl set-card-profile, but so far when the machine reboots, the audio profile reverts back to the ...
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Mic works in sound recorder but in nothing else

Mic only works in sound recorder and although it works there its just a bunch of static underneath the spoken word, but audible. In skype, cheese, and using "arecord test.wav" at the terminal, it's ...
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Sound reverts to 2 channels from 5.1 + Analog

After installing Ubuntu 11.10, I configured my Sound Settings to be 5.1 + analog input. It works ok, but after closing and reopening Banshee, the sound channels reverts back to 2 channels, this also ...
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How can I pan single application's audio?

Using the Sound Settings window (last tab) I can adjust all applications' audio volume, independently from others. Can I in a similar way adjust their stereo panning? What exactly I would like to do, ...
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PulseAudio does not recognize laptop microphone

I was trying to tune my guitar and when I increased the microphone input volume, I went into the sound settings, changed it, and it worked. In the connector options list, analog microphone/...
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My fresh installation doesn't load. (PulseAudio problem)

I made a fresh installation of Ubuntu 11.10 beside an old W7 and another Ubuntu Installation. When I started my netbook and chosed the new installation to boot, it doesn't load and it stops in a ...
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Audio and video are out of sync

I just upgraded to Oneiric Ocelot and a problem that was already present in Natty has become worse - namely, the audio and video are not in sync both in VLC and in mplayer. The problem only used to ...
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How can I send pulseaudio streams over to another computer?

I upgraded to Oneiric today and found out that I can't send my PA stream over to my desktop anymore. The same program that I used in Natty and before, papfrefs, is still there, but everything in the ...
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Route Output to Input/Skype Upload Greeter Audio File

I need to record a greeting message in Skype, but I already have a .flac but I don't think you can do this so I thought maybe there is a way to pipe vlc's output to skype's input. Any help is greatly ...
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Configuring HDMI Audio via command line

I'm looking for a way to configure HDMI audio output via the command line using pulseaudio. I was able to get it running by using pavucontrol and changing it in the configuration tab, but I need a way ...
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How can I apply a global pedestal to PulseAudio?

On my system, analog output works, but the volume of the headphone output is very low. Internal speakers work well, and the volume level is reasonable. However, even at 150%, the volume of headphone ...
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Which sound profile will allow me to simultaneously hear and record system audio + microphone input?

I'm trying to screencast with both mic and system sounds at the same time. Previously this didn't work, but I have found that fiddling with the sound profile brings me a step closer. To fiddle with ...
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Problem with pulse audio with ntfs partition

Im having troubles with pulseaudio. I have my home folder on an ntfs partition because i have dual boot on my netbook, and i need to share my home folder with windows. I used to have debian, and i had ...
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Garbled Festival Sound

I'm using the Festival speech synthesizer under Ubuntu 10.04 like: echo '(SayText "hello world")' | esddsp festival --pipe This works perfectly on 32-bit systems, but on 64-bit machines it's ...
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How do I use my PC as a Public Address system

I have a set of external speakers for my pc which work very well. I have a microphone which works very well with my pc. How do I get the sound that I make into the microphone to come out the speakers ...
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How to verify if my microphone input is dead or ubuntu not detected it yet? I can hear music but i cant record audio

I have installed 11.04 Ubuntu. I can play music i can listen. But i cant use the microphone input, i tried with alsamixer + pavucontrol+(arecord -d 10 /tmp/test.wav), pavumeter (apt-get install ...
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Can I use my Bluetooth headset as a microphone?

I have a Motorola S305 Bluetooth headset which I use with my computer often for headphones. I've been using them for a while and have been really pleased with the sound quality, form factor, and ...
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Record a programs output with PulseAudio

I would like to record an output of a program with PulseAudio using command line/bash script. It is important not to record every output of the sound card, but only the one of one specific program. I ...
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Impulse convolution options in Ubuntu

I've made impulse to correct my speakers response, and would like to use it in my Ubuntu 11.04. The only possible (in common sense) way seems to be through Jack and the jack_convolver plugin. As not ...
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USB Headset Output Suddenly Stopped

I have been using my USB Headset with no problems up to about a week ago. Ubuntu registers that the device is plugged in and I can select it in the sound menu for output or in PulseAudio Volume ...
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xvidcap sound recording not working

I followed the steps in How to record internal audio with XVidCap? (Not with Microphone) but I still can't get audio to record when recording a video app. Playback produces a pulsed buzz are roughly 1 ...
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How to fix “No Soundcards Found”

I was trying to get IEC958/SPDIF optical out working on my ASUS P8P67PRO V3 motherboard running Natty and I seem to have wiped out a crucial part of my sound setup. Here is the output from some ...
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Wrong audio volume at boot

When I boot my computer and login the volume level is always way too loud. Unfortunately the only way to change it is a physical knob on my speaker. As soon as I can change the volume using my ...