In Unity desktop, there is a sound menu at the top of the screen where I can change volume and input/output devices (screenshot).

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I'm wondering how can I run this program without Unity?

(Just in case, I know about alsamixer, but it's not what I'm looking for.)

  • What are you trying to achieve by avoiding Unity here? Are you using a different desktop environment (ie - Gnome, KDE, etc)? Do you want to adjust it via terminal, keyboard commands, something else?
    – Shauna
    Apr 19, 2013 at 15:57
  • @Shauna, I use i3 windows manager without desktop environment but I need this program to adjust my audio settings sometimes.
    – evfwcqcg
    Apr 19, 2013 at 16:26

1 Answer 1


Try This:

  1. In a terminal or by hitting Alt-F2 write:
  2. gnome-control-center sound
  3. Hit Enter and you'll see the desired window.

Good luck!

P.S. If you are using a different launcher, such as Synapse, you can invoke it the same way.

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