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Skype 4.3 without PulseAudio, only ALSA. Any options?

I have been using Skype for over 10 years now, almost since the initial release, and most of my friends/family/colleagues use it too. So switching IM is not an option. Microsoft has recently changed ...
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How to stream my GNU/Linux audio output to Android devices over WI-FI?

I want to stream my audio output over the network (Wi-Fi) to my Android devices. I'm not looking for a music/video streaming solution, but I would stream any audio output of my GNU/Linux desktop to my ...
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Is it possible to route different applications to different audio outputs with Pulse Audio?

Is it possible to route different applications to different audio outputs with Pulse Audio? I'd like my music to be played on my Stereo, but I'd like sound alerts to be played on my notebook speakers. ...
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Prevent applications to control master volume on Linux

Whenever I change the volume in VLC, Rhythmbox, or a video on YouTube, it change the master volume, i.e. the system volume. How can I prevent this from happening? I'm running Debian 7.0.0 (wheezy) ...
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Streaming audio from windows to linux using PulseAudio

I have Linux box with Ubuntu + PulseAudio network server installed. I can stream audio from my laptop (with Linux installed too) to the box over local network. I've recently installed Windows 7 into ...
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Set device for program in PulseAudio?

In computer I have 2 sound devices. When I run some program (let's say Skype) I can (using "pavucontrol" -> "PulseAudio Volume Control") setup so that this application will use given device for ...
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Stream audio from Windows 7 to Ubuntu

I have an Ubuntu 9.10 (alpha) computer as my primary machine, but also have a Windows machine which I keep my iTunes music on. My high-quality speaker system is connected to my Ubuntu box. Is there ...
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Centralized PulseAudio setup

I want to do a setup, so that all my computers and TV use one audio system. Like this: Where media server is connected to acoustics and TV is connected through sound-card input and other systems ...
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Changing default audio device in Pulseaudio

I would like to use HDMI on my graphic card for audio output. ALSA shows it as a card with 4 devices and I can get sound through one of them (the other three are different channels, perhaps? I have ...
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Pulseaudio Daemon Startup Failed

When running startx on Arch Linux, the error: E: [pulseaudio] main.c: Daemon startup failed. is returned. Is there any way to fix this error?
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Limit PulseAudio volume to prevent overdrive

Is it possible to limit maximum volume in PulseAudio? Currently, PulseAudio sets PCM channel too loud which results in distorted sound. I use aumix to turn volume down, but whenever any other sound is ...
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5.1 Surround sound will not keep its configuration

in pavucontrol I have my output set to Digital Surround 5.1(IEC958/AC3) When I open a video with VLC (my preferred option) OR GNOME Media player I hear no sound. VLC is configured to use pulseaudio ...
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Does Linux support audio output via USB?

Several small integrated amplifiers exist with a USB input line. The ones I have seen so far ship with Windows and OS X drivers. Does Linux support audio output via USB out-of-the-box? Update It ...
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How to resolve Pulseaudio not attaching a mixer due to missing libraries?

I've been trying to install pulseaudio, and I can't seem to find a straight answer about what to do about ALSA. Does PulseAudio run on top of ALSA? Should I get rid of ALSA first? ALSA is a sound ...
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Pulse Audio settings in XFCE

Almost every common graphical environment, I know, has a program/dialog where you can change the volume of your devices AND of every stream which is playing sound. But I'm not able to find such a ...
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xbindkeys escape quotes

How can I escape quotes in .xbindkeysrc commands? Neither of those work. "pacmd dump|awk --non-decimal-data '$1~/set-sink-volume/{system ("pacmd "$1" "$2" "$3+2500)}'" "pacmd dump|awk ...
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How to automatically set PulseAudio default sink to remote server at boot - Ubuntu 9.04

I use the Pulseaudio Device Chooser to set the default sink (on a laptop) to a remote server. This works fine. When i reboot my laptop, the default sink reverts back to "default" (the laptop sound ...
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Sound in Ubuntu 10.04 guest VM in a Ubuntu 8.04 host is “slow”. How to fix it?

When I try to execute sound in Rythmbox, it's "slow". Not only Rythmbox, but system sounds are strange too (they look like they are "slow"). I've tried a workaround but without success. It seens a ...
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Too loud headset

I have creative 720 headset and they are too loud on Windows 7 and Linux Mint 17.1. Adjusting volume to 1% in control panel of win7 is not enough, they are still loud. On linux pulseaudio minimum ...
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pulseaudio no sound after su to root, no default audio device configured

This behavior exhibits at least in Ubuntu 13.10 and Ubuntu 14.04. I'm playing sounds via the play command from the sox package from the command line. It works fine with me, the user who logs into X. ...
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set sink index in pulseaudio

Is there some configuration option to specify that X device should always grab sink index Y? Much like you can force a specific sound card driver to have a specific card index in alsa? Failing that, ...
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Linux decibel (max peak volume) limit

I just watched a movie and had to set the volume level quite high to get audio. I forgot to set the volume to the lower level it was at and started a trance music track and that literally made my ears ...
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No sound in second login, Ubuntu 10.04

I have Ubuntu 10.04 installed on my system. When I am logged on locally I have excellent sound. If I make a second login as a different user ssh -X other@localhost that user cannot get audio. When ...
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Using loopbacks and null-sink cause extreme distortion after 20-30s during ffmpeg recording

I'm trying to record both video, speaker sounds and microphone sounds at the same time. To deal with the audio, I set up two loopbacks (one for microphone, one for speakers): pactl load-module ...
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Reconfigure line-in as analog-out

I am trying to reconfigure my "line in" as another "analog out" and use it alongside with the default analog out port. I am using an onboard realtek sound card. It is very simple to do this in ...
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How do I recompile libav on ubuntu 12.04 without breaking anything

I have a "Little" script for screencasting - I'll skip to the good part. In my avconv command I record 3 different sources simultaneously to 3 different tracks. The only way I know of getting audio ...
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Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 microphone doesn't capture audio

I got a Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000, the cam itself is working as it honors the UVC spec. This fancy WebCam has a integrated mic which worked some time before but now, it does no more. (Note: I use ...
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Why does Pulseaudio selectively detect my sound hardware?

I am running Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04. I have been having some problems recently with Pulseaudio, which has traditionally worked fine for me on this netbook actually. Specifically, when I boot the ...
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How do I make MythTV remember its audio settings?

I'm running MythTV on Ubuntu 9.10 and I'm having problems with audio settings. I have one combined backend/frontend and two other frontends. One of the frontends has two audio outputs: the one built ...
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I have to pull the connector out partly to get stereo sound

Using headphones, I have to pull the headphone jack partly out of the socket to get stereo sound. If I push it in all the way, only the right channel comes through. I'm assuming that this has to do ...
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No audio from google chrome in linux

A reboot seems to fix it, but after logging out (sometimes with the ever-amazing ctrl-alt-backspace, if you can call that logging out) and back in chrome loses audio. The speaker icon on the tab ...
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How can I get wine to support outputting to pulseaudio (through ALSA compatibility layer) with 32 bit Windows programs on Slackware64?

So, I have a working multilib setup as per the slackbook instructions. I have wine successfully working with 32 bit Windows programs (namely Skyrim and Deus Ex: Human Revolution). And I have ...
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pulseaudio, in a KVM virtual machine (as root) and your desktop (not root) playing audio at the same time?

How do you get pulseaudio to play sound in a KVM virtual machine (running as root) and your desktop apps (not running as root) at the same time? It seems that by default, it will only play sound for ...
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Pulseaudio high CPU usage

Is it normal that the pulseaudio process has sometimes a CPU usage of ~40%, even without playing audio? The process seems to run in realtime-priority, is that the cause of the problem? Update: I ...
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How to choose the user that has sound?

I wanted to know if there's any way in pulseaudio to decide, each time I switch virtual terminals, if the current user should get control of the sound or if another user should keep it. We have two ...
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AC3 & DTS Output Produces Buzzing/Noise Using a52 ALSA Plugin in Pulseaudio

Note: I hope this is the right site to ask it on, as I'm using ubuntu 12.04 64bit but assumably this is a general linux/alsa configuration question. I've followed the guide at ...
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Audio delay problem with ffmpeg and parec

I need to record desktop audio and video in an automated way. So I wrote a small multithreaded python script which basically does the following steps: # 1.) Grab desktop audio AUDIO_SRC=`LANG=c ...
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Recording audio playback in Windows with PulseAudio?

I would like to record the playback audio of my computer using software such as Audacity. Unfortunately, my audio card software does not come with a stereo mix input, and after reading these two ...
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using Ubuntu 10.10 I want my speakers and head phones as separate devices

I would like it if I could set my rear speaker jack, not surround sound rear, to be used as the system default only. I want the head phones, that plug into the front of my PC, to be silent, unless I ...
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Set device when using gst-launch alsasrc

As part of my Sphinx setup, I listen to my input device like this: gst-launch alsasrc (Well, the actual command is this: alsasrc ! audioconvert ! audioresample ! vader name=vad auto-threshold=true ...
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Is the PULSE_SERVER environment variable supposed to take an IPv6 address?

I am currently struggling with Avahi. Before debugging further, I wanted to check the sanity of my Pulseaudio setup, so I commanded 'export PULSE_SERVER=10.4.0.202 && mplayer sound.mp3' which ...
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Pulseaudio is no longer working in Debian Squeeze: 'Failed to open module “module-combine-sink”: file not found'

I'm having a problem with pulseaudio. My machine crashed, and when I rebooted and ran pavucontrol, I got a "Connection Failed: Connection refused" dialog. When I run pulseaudio --log-level=info ...
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How to record from two audio sources simultaneously in ffmpeg?

I am recording a Let's Play using ffmpeg on Arch Linux. I would like to have it record both the game's audio, and my mic. I am using PulseAudio for sound. I can get it to record the mic, or the game's ...
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Running Skype 2.1 beta with KDE 4.3

I'm trying the new Skype Linux Beta ( Skype 2.1.0.47 ) with KDE 4.3 on OpenSUSE 11.1 . Sound works just fine for: Amarok SMplayer Firefox (flash) but I get absolutely no output from Skype. Please ...
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Ubuntu PPA with Pulse Audio 0.9.15?

Where can I find repository for Ubuntu jaunty 9.04 with Pulse Audio 0.9.15 (the one with working bluetooth)? I don't really want anything else, although if it has Skype working with bluetooth headset ...
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Jack audio not working properly with cadence

I have tried to set up the audio on my Debian linux computer in order that I can use ardour and get sound from/to that, and still be able to watch youtube videos etc. on Firefox. I have installed ...
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ALSA PulseAudio sound output when switching between headphones and laptop speaker

Since I installed PulseAudio on my Gentoo system I've been having no audio output from my laptop's speakers when un-plugging the headphones jack. I suppose the problem lies in how ALSA and PulseAudio ...
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How to get headset plugged by default in pulseaudio

Whenever I plug my usb headset pulseaudio, detected as "unplugged", it's not a critical issue, but it's annoying have to enable by hand. So how can I make for headset automatically is detected ...
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tidal-hifi playback with alsa stops after every song

I am using tidal hifi for music streaming under linux (Mint 17, 64bit) with Chrome. To achieve bit perfect playback I turn off pulseaudio ($killall pulseaudio) to purely use alsa for audio processing ...
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Pacmd dynamic range compression Ubuntu 14.04

I used the answer at the link below to successfully set Dynamic Range Compression on my Ubuntu media box running Ubuntu 14.04 (SteamOS session, so no Ubuntu desktop session available). Realtime sound ...