The audacious audio player volume is fine, but when I try to watch videos on youtube the volume is far too low. Is there a way to boost the overall sound? THank you for your time.
Using Pulse Audio Control (
You can choose to increase just the volume of the browser
or the system volume
To install this tool, go here or do
sudo apt-get install pavucontrol
Instead of/beside that: youtube videos can be played in external players that can boost the volume:
- SMPlayer's Youtube Browser (smtube) can search and play youtube content. You can edit main SMPlayer toolbar to add the specific button or open from Options.
Then, in SMPlayer (according to this answer) go to SMPlayer Preferences/Audio, check "Use software volume control" and increase the maximum amplification.
- VLC can be used to play youtube video as indicated here, and this player can boost the volume up to 125%.
You can try typing
pactl -- set-sink-volume 0 100% in terminal and change
100% to your desired boosting percentage.
100% is the default unboosted volume; you can boost it by changing it to
200% for example.
If it doesn't work then try typing
pacmd list-sinks; you should see a list of "sinks" with numbers. Change the
0 in the command to the sink number of your speakers.
To boost the level (let's say to 150%) without using the terminal every time, one can create a
.desktop file with this content (considering that the sink number mentioned above is zero):
[Desktop Entry] Name=vol_150 Comment=Change sound volume and sound events Exec=pactl -- set-sink-volume 0 150% Icon=multimedia-volume-control Terminal=false Type=Application StartupNotify=true Categories=GNOME;GTK;Settings;HardwareSettings;X-GNOME-Settings-Panel;System;
That can be used as a desktop launcher, can be added to the menu using a menu editor or can be launched with an application launcher (like Synapse launcher) after having copied that
.desktop file to
~/.local/share/applications or to
To get a similar launcher in order to go back to 100%, use this, in the same way:
[Desktop Entry] Name=vol_100 Comment=Change sound volume and sound events Exec=pactl -- set-sink-volume 0 100% Icon=multimedia-volume-control Terminal=false Type=Application StartupNotify=true Categories=GNOME;GTK;Settings;HardwareSettings;X-GNOME-Settings-Panel;System;
Such files need to be made executable.
If Pulse Audio Control (pavucontrol) is installed, changes made using the solution(s) above will be reflected by this tool.
Your Audacious audio volume is fine, therefore the audio problem comes from the web browser. It's not an audio driver problem, nothing to do with PulseAudio or ALSA whatsoever.
There is a solution for boosting audio in Firefox. You can type 'about:config' in the address bar and search the strings containing the word 'volume': media.volume_scale. The default value is 1, but you can increase that to whatever you may see fit.
If you don't like all the Firefox config stuff, you can install this extension: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/default-media-volume/?src=userprofile, which does the exact same thing.
If you're using Chrome, try this solution: https://superuser.com/questions/840643/volume-low-in-chrome-browser.