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Questions tagged [sound]

Questions about sound issues with Ubuntu spanning from sound cards, microphones and speakers/headset to the transfer of audio signals via audio port, bluetooth and HDMI.

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Generate white noise to calm a baby

I have a three week old baby. Occasionally she refuses to sleep. Some people tell me this is the way life is, some people tell me I need to buy things to fix it. This is becoming an alarmingly common ...
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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 do I make Ubuntu sound like HAL, from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey?

Question: I want Ubuntu to sound like HAL 9000, from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Stanley Kubrick. At least, I would like it to play sounds on : startup: "All systems are functional" ...
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Terminal command to set audio volume?

I have an external sound card which mostly works fine, except that when its first plugged in, or when I turn on my laptop, the volume gets set to 100%. That is, the overall system volume, as shown in ...
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How to record output to speakers?

Is there a program for Ubuntu that can record sounds of only the output of the speaker and not any voices from outside the PC?
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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 via ...
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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 Television. 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 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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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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Pair Bose QuietComfort 35 with Ubuntu over Bluetooth

In System Settings > Bluetooth, the Bose QC 35 is visible when searching for devices but pairing fails. After multiple attempts and playing with the PIN options I managed to pair it but once selected ...
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Realtime noise-removal with PulseAudio?

Is it possible to do realtime noise-removal with PulseAudio, so the sound output that's coming out is smoother?
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Bluetooth headset with poor sound quality on Ubuntu

I've bought a Philips SHB4000 headset (phone+mic) wireless (bluetooth) and It has a good quality when I pair it with my phone or PC Windows but when I pair it with the same PC on Ubuntu (14.10 64 bits)...
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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 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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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 tell if I'm using alsa or pulse-audio by default? (Switching to i3-wm)

I might not be understanding the core concept, in which case correct me if I'm wrong. Ubuntu comes with two different audio rendering servers, pulse and alsa. Is Alsa an intermediary layer to pulse? ...
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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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How to download youtube videos as a best quality audio mp3 using youtube-dl [duplicate]

I want to download YouTube videos as mp3 files in its best quality. The below code helps to download youtube videos as m4a but not us mp3 youtube-dl -f bestaudio --audio-quality 0 --audio-format mp3 ...
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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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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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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 previously you had something quiet, you had to ...
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Bluetooth speaker: preferred mode “High fidelity playback” (A2DP) is not getting saved

UPDATE Aug 2017: The solution marked as accepted by me apppears to have worked until Ubuntu 15.10. For 16.04+ choose one of the more recent solutions. For 16.04+ the config file is /etc/bluetooth/...
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How to normalize sound in mp3 files

I am looking for a way to normalize the sound in MANY MP3 files I have. Some have low sound, while others are louder so I have to turn the volume up or down depending on the song. What ways are there ...
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No sound from bluetooth headset, but it's detected

I have an bluetooth headset connected to my computer, the buttons play/pause/volume are working fine, but I have no sound in the headset, but in the speaker of the computer. In fact, I played with ...
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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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Bluetooth speaker no sound in Ubuntu 16.04

After upgrading to Kubuntu 16.04 my JBL Flip 2 bluetooth speaker no longer works. It connects just fine, and the sound is set to use A2DP sink with the speaker, but I get no sound. I found some ...
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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 a ...
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How to remove terminal error sound?

So I am getting quite annoyed by the Ubuntu error sound bell.oga that is played sometimes. For example, try to tab complete something in a terminal that doesn't exist and it will play the sound. I ...
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How to record any internal sound in and out using Ubuntu and Audacity

How cna I record any internal sound like mic in and speaker out from the same PC running Ubuntu, using Audacity or something else? For example under Windows it can be done like this (I want to do ...
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How do you install avconv on Ubuntu Server 13.04?

I've searched and searched, but I can't find anything, besides compiling it, which gives me an error about ASM.
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PulseAudio can not load bluetooth module 15.10/16.04/16.10

EDIT: Works for 16:04 as well I am having trouble connecting my bluetooth speakers with a fresh 15.10 install. The speakers are connected however they are not listed as available audio device. I ...
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Missing sound volume icon on screen top (14.04)

I have recently installed a fresh ubuntu 14.04. But the volume icon is missing. I can hear all kinds of sounds (rythmbox, youtube videos,...) ... I have already tried to install the package ...
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No sound from Chrome, sound works fine in Firefox etc (13.10)

I'm running 13.10 (all up-to-date) on a Lenovo laptop with a Griffin iMic USB audio device. Though I occasionally have to use the Pulse Audio volume control tool to re-select the iMic, it works ...
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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 mono,...
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Strange noise in headphones when no sound is played

There is a strange noise from my headphones on Lenovo T440. The sound is like when you tune your radio, but you get a wrong frequency and you hear unpleasant noise. The noise starts when Ubuntu 14.04 ...
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Clementine won't play .wma, with “Your GStreamer installation is missing a plugin” error

Here's a screenshot: It displays messages like: "Clementine stopped." or displays songs that are not playing, and indicator icon is disappearing and reappearing. Does this happens only to me, or is ...
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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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bluetooth headset connects but not showing in sound settings

I was able to listen with my BT headset, but suddenly, one day, it disappeared from sound settings forever! I've even re-paired my headset (and its connected already) but it doesn't have any options ...
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After updating to 16.04, bluetooth audio A2DP mode stopped working

I have a nice bluetooth audio receiver connect to my HiFi stereo, and I used to be able to connect it in 14.04 as a A2DP sink with nice quality. After upgrading to 16.04, the device connects only as ...
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Automatically change Sound Input Output device

I have to plugin my USB Audio adapter ( 4300054 Gigawire USB Audio Adapter) for audio input because has a combo-input-output port for voice. After I do this, I have go open Sound Settings and ...
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“Dummy Output” No sound in Ubuntu 16.04

None of the HDMI output are working, all saying "dummy output", it was working yesterday, but when I use the headphones it became soundless, with or without the headphones. Thank you already!
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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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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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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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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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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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VLC player mutes when seeking

In my Ubuntu 14.10, I have VLC 2.2.0 installed. I encounter this annoying problem that VLC mutes when I seek forward or backward through a video. I have to do few seeks backward and forward again to ...
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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 an MP3 file?
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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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How to find out what codec is being used in a video

How can i see what codec was used in a video (Audio/Video) and extra information about what to use to reproduce the same compression/quality to the video.