Since I installed PulseEffects, the built-in volume control does not work. How can I control the volume with keyboard on PulseEffects?


  • Also read that could be a Pulseaudio 11 bug, I have upgraded to 12.2 and the issue remains.
  • When I press the volume control buttons, it shows "PulseEffects(mic)" it may even be trying to change volume of the mic instead of the speakers?

I have Ubuntu 18.04, Pulseaudio 12.2, PulseEffects 4.7.0 (installed with Flatpak)


  1. I tried setting Settings -> Sound -> PuleEffects(apps) but with this setting it just disabled all sound.
  2. Found a solution, see below.
  • How do you change volume now? Eg GUI, command line or both. – WinEunuuchs2Unix Jan 20 at 20:35
  • I changed it with media control hotkeys of my keyboard (volume +/-) until it worked. Now even adjusting the built-in volume bar with mouse clicks doesn't work. Only adjusting inside the PulseEffects application works. – Patrik Turi Jan 20 at 22:23
  • This will give you an idea of how to debug a problem in PulseEffects: github.com/wwmm/pulseeffects/issues/99 – WinEunuuchs2Unix Jan 21 at 4:51

I managed to fix it (thanks for the comments too):

  • Reverted to Pulseaudio 11.1 (it's the default which comes with Ubuntu 18.04)
  • Installed PulsEffects from this PPA (instead of Flatpak, this PPA installs 4.7.1):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mikhailnov/pulseeffects -y
sudo apt update
sudo apt install pulseeffects

Went to Settings -> Sound and selected PuleEffects(apps) as Output: enter image description here

And now the volume control and media hotkeys work with PulseEffects.

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