Questions about sound issues with Ubuntu spanning from sound cards, microphones and speakers to audio signals not being correctly transfered or not at all via Bluetooth or HDMI.

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How do I setup an Icecast server for broadcasting audio in my network?

Broadcasting the output of the soundcard as an internet radio stream is a reliable way to stream audio in a network. This can nicely be used to e.g. transmit audio in a wireless LAN to another ...
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How do you mute from the command line?

How do you mute the sound system from the command line?
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Volume indicator issue after xubuntu 13.10 upgrade

Last night I decided to upgrade my system to the latest version of Xubuntu, 13.10. The process went fine, but now I'm facing this strange issue. There is no sound settings available in the settings ...
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How do I quit Banshee?

When I press the X button in Banshee's title bar, it hides, but the music continues playing. However, from time to time I need to quit Banshee completely. How can I do that? (pressing "close" from the ...
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How can I change the default audio device from command line?

Ubuntu's desktop gui is great for changing audio settings (System->Preferences->Sound), like the default input/output device and setting the volume. However, I would like to be able to do these ...
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How to automatically change volume level when un-/plugging headphones?

What I want is the following: When I plug in my headphones, I want the sound to be un-muted and set to a specific volume level. When I unplug my headphones, I want the sound to be muted (or set to ...
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Are there still plans for a new sound theme?

Let me quote from Mark's blog almost one year ago: March 5th, 2010 at 7:19 pm Mark, will there be an update to the sound theme to match the updated visual brand? Mark Shuttleworth: Gack, I ...
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How can I make the volume change in smaller increments?

When I press the volume up/down keys on my keyboard, the volume changes too much. How can I make the step size smaller so that I have finer control?
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Is there another way to restart Ubuntu 12.04's sound system if pulseaudio/ALSA don't work?

I was listening to music, and my sound suddenly went dead in all my applications. I'm using Ubuntu 12.04, which uses pulseaudio, so I tried sudo /etc/init.d/pulseaudio restart, but nothing happened. ...
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“Limbo” game has no sound

I just bought a game called Limbo in Humble Bundle V. The site says that all games are cross-platform but in my computer the game has no sound. I've searched in google and looked in the official FAQ, ...
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Sound from both headphones and speakers

I guess this question already had the answer here but I can't find it. I'm using 12.04. Update: The problem is that I can hear the sound from my laptop's speakers even I plugged in my headphones. ...
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How can I disable the “popping” sound when adjusting the volume?

Whenever I adjust the volume there's a popping sound to indicate when the volume is changing. I find it really annoying. Is there any way to change/disable this behaviour?
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Command line audio players

What are popular audio players for the command line? How to play a single sound file? Are there command line players that also index the music library like Banshee, Exaile, etc.?
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How do I toggle sound with amixer?

Including Natty I was always able to toggle (mute/unmute) the 'Master' sound volume with the amixer sset Master toggle command that I linked to an edge binding in CompizConfig-Manager. Now after ...
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Beep in shell script not working?

I'd like to use a beep sound in a shell script. Unfortunately none of the methods I found via Google work for me. I tried echo -e '\a' echo -ne '\007' and the command beep after I installed it ...
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Applications to replace iTunes for iPod synchronization?

I need to synchronise my iPod Nano (5th generation) with music and podcasts (video and audio). I can use Rhythmbox for music, but does not seem to work with Podcast. So, what application can I use to ...
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Automatically adjust the volume based on content?

In different audio sources the level of sounds are different. It's very annoying to set the level of sound on almost every media content. Sometimes, when before you had something quiet, you had to ...
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How to activate USB speakers consistently

I have a pair of Trust USB speakers. As these are external, I sought to use them with 11.10. They are recognized by 'aplay -l' and Pulseaudio- I have selected them, but, have to reset the volume, ...
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How to hear my voice in speakers with a mic?

I have a USB microphone that I can chat on Skype, record sound etc. But how can I make it so that when my mic is on and I speak, Ι hear it in speakers live without having to record my voice first and ...
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Can I downmix stereo audio to mono?

I have one speaker next to my computer which I use mostly as a headphone amplifier. On occasion I need to use it as a loudspeaker. Is it possible to quickly change the audio output from stereo to ...
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Audio output device, fast switch?

Depending on the situation, I use either my speakers or my headset for audio output. Given that my headset is an USB headset it behaves as its own audio device. Currently I switch between audio ...
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How to add the old startup sound (not login sound)?

I loved that sound. But apparantly they have removed it in this new LTS. Any way to get it back?
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restore speakers / headphones option

When I plug my headphones in after upgrading to ubuntu 12.04, it no longer mutes by speakers,and I also do not have a headphones output as I did previously. I recall having to go into a conf file and ...
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Microphone is not working in Skype

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 and Skype. My mic is not working. I have 1 mic attached to the system and another one in my headphone (Beats by Dr. Dre). I followed these steps: Turn PulseAudio autospawn ...
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Get rid of 0.5s latency when playing audio over Bluetooth with A2DP

As described in the title I experience a half a second delay when playing audio over Bluetooth with A2DP. This makes watching movies not possible as the sound is not synchronised with the video. I'm ...
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How can I record Skype conversations?

We are a small company and we have a help desk service to support our clients. We want to use Skype to provide voice live support. This is the easy part. What we need also, is to be able to record ...
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How do I disable the startup sound in Ubuntu 12.04 login-screen? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to disable login sound? I would like to know how to disable the startup sound in Ubuntu 12.04 login-screen; that is, the sound produced at the login-screen before ...
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How can I extract audio track from video file and save it as mp3? [duplicate]

What is the easiest way to extract an audio track from a video file and save it as mp3 file?
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Ubuntu refuses to output audio via HDMI

I have my PC hooked up to speakers and a monitor. In addition it is hooked up to my Vizio 37' LCD Telivision. When I was on Windows 7 I could choose to output sound via HDMI. I have the choice in ...
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How to view video file with external ac3 audio track?

I can listen to view the video with built-in audio (ac3) and listen to the audio track as regular sound file, but how to do these same time? Can't see such options in Totem, Kplayer, VLC, KMplayer, ...
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Is there a program that edits audio files to have the same volume?

When listening to music in Banshee or any other player, I always have to up the volume for certain songs and turn it back down for others because they don't have the same replay gain. Is there an ...
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Shortcut to switch between Analog Stereo output & HDMI audio output

To switch to HDMI audio output (of monitor) and back to normal audio output from system audio jack (for headphones, as my monitor doesn't have audio out), I find myself opening up sound preferences ...
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adjust max possible volume in pulseaudio

Somtimes some sound/movie/music on my Ubuntu_12.04 system is at a very low volume by itself. Henceforth I increase the volume of the sound output. I can use the following setting (see screenshot) It ...
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Poor sound quality on Ubuntu

On Ubuntu (every version I tried since about ~2009 or 2008), the sound quality is noticeably different than on Windows XP, regardless of what program I use for playback (YouTube, listening to MP3s, ...
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Flash in browsers does not play sound accurately using Pulse network audio

I use PulseAudio to send sound over the LAN to an audio server. When playing any Flash media in Firefox or Chrome, the sound flutters (example), as if the volume were going up and down every second. ...
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Audio CDs will not Auto-mount Correctly

When I try to play any audio CD in Ubuntu 10.10 the following message appears. What is causing this problem with mounting an audio CD in the Ubuntu environment ? I need to resolve this issue ...
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How to play mp3 files from the command line?

I have installed Ubuntu 11.10 server.. so command line only. I need to be able to play audio (.mp3 & .wav) files via the command line! I've installed the MPD & Audacious packages... and ...
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How to convert wav to ogg and mp3 using VBR

How to convert wav to ogg and to mp3 with VBR and excellent end quality? If possible, using soundconverter or ffmpeg. Incidentally, I tried to see whether soundconverter uses VBR and there is ...
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Mute key mutes Alsa and PulseAudio, but unmutes only Alsa

When I press the mute key on my keyboard, both the Alsa master channel and the PulseAudio master channel get muted, pressing it again only unmutes the alsa master channel, the pulseaudio master ...
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What user settings control audio access?

Running a regularly updated 10.04 LTS we have a weird issue with access to audio with pulseaudio 0.9.22. Sound device is ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) Login user1 after reboot: sound ...
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Sound comes out of my speakers even when headphones are plugged in [closed]

I was rocking out to a crazy remix with my headphones plugged in, and someone sitting next to me informed me that the music was also coming out of my speakers. How do I make it so that when I plug ...
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Faint clicking sound as console text is scrolled

This is a strange thing I've noticed across several different computers. When I have a console session open, every time I scroll (say in a pager) there's a faint click for every line that goes by. It ...
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Autoconnecting Bluetooth Devices

Is there a way to set the Bluetooth in Ubuntu to autoconnect to devices it is paired to when it is turned on. Furthermore, is there a way to automatically change the sound output to a Bluetooth ...
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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 ...
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Webex audio not working with 11.10

I can see presentations, chat, screen-share, everything in webex meeting but can't make audio work, I always get: "The Audio Device is Unaccessible Now" Does anyone know what is happening? Thanks.
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Can I add an elapsed time bar for Rhythmbox player in the sound menu?

If so, how do I get to be this way?
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How to get my bluetooth-enabled phone to pipe its audio through my Ubuntu machine?

Getting this set up was relatively simple on Windows, but I can't quite figure out how to go about doing it in Ubuntu. My phone is paired with the Ubuntu machine, and I simply want to pipe the audio ...
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Convert library of WMA tracks to MP3's?

I know there are options such as Sound Converter for doing them one track or directory at a time, but are there any tools that will recursively crawl through a directory's subdirectories and convert ...
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Convert lossless m4a to flac

I tried to convert a file with pacpl, but I get the well-known "256" error. With the -v flag, the FAQ of pacpl tells me: "The file you are trying to convert is a lossless .m4a file. The format ...
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Is there a music player like Winamp?

I'm looking for a music player similar to Winamp.