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I'm currently running Ubuntu 9.04. I wanted to swap the stereo channels, but I couldn't find that option in the Volume Control Preferences.

Is there a way to do this without touching any configuration file? (I'm not allowed to log as root in this machine)

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Swap the speakers? –  grawity Oct 23 '09 at 16:56
I have to have my speakers swapped. That's why I wanted to reswap the stereo channels :D –  Auron Oct 26 '09 at 16:18

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

The PulseAudio way (tested on Ubuntu 10.04, should work on 9.04):

Copy /etc/pulse/default.pa to ~/.pulse/default.pa, and add the following two lines to the end:

load-module module-remap-sink sink_name=reverse-stereo master=0 channels=2 master_channel_map=front-right,front-left channel_map=front-left,front-right
set-default-sink reverse-stereo

Restart PulseAudio by running pactl exit at the command line.

Leave out the second line if you don't want to use the reversed stereo by default. You can switch between reversed and normal stereo output in the "Output" tab in Sound Preferences. If you do have root and want this system wide, you can just add the lines to /etc/pulse/default.pa instead of making a user-specific configuration.

This configuration makes a few basic assumptions: that the card you're reversing the channels of is card 0; that you only have to deal with 2 channels; and that those channels are called front-left and front-right. If you have a videocard with HDMI out, it is likely the analog out of your motherboard will be card 1, not 0; so master=1.

For more information, see the PulseAudio documentation for module-remap-sink.

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Initially it seemed to do the trick on 14.04. But after reboot pulseaudio daemon failed to start. had to remove the call to fix it. –  uval Jun 26 at 13:54

If you're using ALSA, Add this to your ~/.asoundrc file:

pcm.swapped {
    type         route
    slave.pcm    "cards.pcm.default"
    ttable.0.1   1
    ttable.1.0   1

pcm.default      pcm.swapped


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+1 beat me by seconds... note Ubuntu 9.04 installs PulseAudio by default which probably has its own way to do it. –  quack quixote Oct 23 '09 at 15:34
@ ~quack doesn't PulseAudio route the sounds to ALSA ? –  Sathya Oct 23 '09 at 15:43
yes, just sayin' PA can probably do the swap on its own, on the There's More Than One Way To Do It principle. :) –  quack quixote Oct 23 '09 at 15:44
@~quack Ah, Gotcha ;) –  Sathya Oct 23 '09 at 15:47

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