ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ) is an API of audio functions for the linux platform.

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How to record sound in buffer using ALSA [migrated]

I'm beginning to learn Linux and ALSA and I was wondering if there is a way to store the sound I record from a microphone directly to the buffer. I read here ...
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How to simultaneously play sounds on 4.0 surround system using aplay

After my first configuration war against alsa (won with the help of CL.) check this question ... I would now want to go further : I am able to play multi-channel sounds on my setup, but I now need ...
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ALSA: how to turn off “link note to velocity” feature

I use a USB MIDI keyboard to play with fluidsynth and ALSA on debian. It works fine but I wonder if there is the possibility to turn off the "link note to velocity" feature (= the volume of the played ...
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Alsa not detecting USB microphone on system boot

I have a USB microphone that works fine, up until I reboot my system. After that, it doesn't work at all until I unplug it and replug it. Based on my (limited) understanding of the components ...
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PulseAudio plays Audio over Bluetooth too fast - sounds like a chipmunk on helium

I am using PulseAudio's program 'paplay' to play an 8 KHz 16 bit LE single channel wave file through bluetooth to my headset using the A2DP profile. This is on a Linux ARM board using the new BlueZ 5 ...
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Generate .asoundrc

Is there any way to generate .asoundrc? I know that by default this file does not exist and system generates one on the go like Xorg does. But is there any way to see how the content will look like?
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Extremely loud crack and mangled sound over S/PDIF using ALSA

Sometimes it seems ALSA on my machine goes completely haywire: Flash audio on Spotify doesn't produce any sound. Whenever I start a video in VLC it plays an extremely loud crack, so loud I'm afraid ...
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Audio cuts in and out after upgrading from Ubuntu 12.10 -> 13.10

So my audio was working perfectly fine (XBMC, VLC, Flash in Chrome, etc) before the upgrade. Now that I've upgraded, I can still play audio, but it plays for a second or two at a time before cutting ...
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What is ALSA in the Linux kernel?

What is ALSA? I read the Wikipedia page but couldn't understand it. All I understand is that it is a module in the kernel that has something to do with sound. What happens if you don't include it in ...
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Pulseaudio and Pavucontrol very unstable

I've recently installed ArchLinux on my desktop, together witht the GNOME3 Desktop. I installed pulseaudio and pavucontrol, which both seem to be very unstable. First I couldn't get my headset to ...
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Where do sound drivers live? [closed]

A little while ago I searched for a good driver for my sound card (with surround sound support) and didn't find any. So it seems there is none. I thought I could try (even though I think nothing ...
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Opening ALSA Microphone in two programs?

I'm using a raspberry pi to capture some audio, but I only want it to do it when the noise level goes above a certain level, and then the device will record until two seconds after it falls below that ...
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Alsa Pulse Audio cannot open audio device pulse (No such file or directory) pulse: Input/output error

I'm trying to stream my Gnome Desktop I installed on my OpenVZ VPS Server, and I'm not trying to run this from SSH, but the terminal inside the GNOME desktop, I know it probably doesn't have a sound ...
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ALSAEQUAL runs, but sliders do not seem to affect audio

I want to have an equalizer that lets me easily adjust sound for listening to music on my laptop with headphones. I'm trying to install ALSAEQUAL since it seems that this is the preferred tool for ...
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Setting maximum volume

I usually work in a WM (i.e., i3wm) and use alsamixer to adjust sound volume. The recent Linux installation on a Dell t5500 machine gives a very loud sound when set the maximum volume in alsamixer. ...
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Auto-detect headphone jack

I am using ALSA on Arch Linux on a MacBook Air 5,2 (mid 2012). This is my first time using alsa by itself (without any tools that come with gnome), so I may have not configured something in order to ...
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Microphone - static background noise suppression on Linux

My soundcard is Realtek ALC 892. On Windows 7 I use official Realtek drivers, on Linux I use PulseAudio (on Ubuntu 13.10). On both Windows and Linux, when I enable microphone boost +30db (required ...
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Digital audio between Intel Atom E640 and ADAU1445

Background information: I have a ADAU1445 DSP from Analog Devices connected to multiple audio sources through the Serial Input pairs. One of these sources is an Intel Atom E640 processor running ...
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How to set up AMD Cayman/Antilles HDMI Audio (Radeon HD 6900 series)?

I've got an AMD Radeon HD 6950 card: $ lspci | grep AMD 03:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Cayman PRO [Radeon HD 6950] 03:00.1 Audio device: Advanced Micro ...
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How can I make beep sound through speakers(spdif)?

I want to beep through speakers. I'm using alsa through S/PDIF of ESI Julia. User is in the audio group. ls /dev/snd controlC0 midiC0D0 pcmC0D0c pcmC0D0p pcmC0D1c pcmC0D1p seq timer If I try ...
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How should I enable the trace log for ALSA hda_unsol_event?

I have reported an ALSA kernel bug and have been asked to "enable tracepoints" and "check the response of hda_unsol_event". I was directed to the kernel docs for instruction, which say: Except ...
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Live noise cancellation of microphone audio with JACK, ALSA, Audacity?

Audacity has a very nice noise cancellation filter. Is it possible, using JACK with ALSA, to pipe live audio through Audacity's noise cancellation filter?
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CentOS 6.5 sound permissions

I am trying to configure ALSA for a CentOS 6.5 minimal install, my problem is non-root users do not have permission to access the sound devices in /dev/snd because the files are missing access control ...
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why has /dev/dsp vanished from SUSE

I used to test my sound settings with the command dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/dsp This will play random sound over your default sound device (using OSS). I am using SUSE Linux. Now in the newer ...
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Trying to hear audio coming from LINE IN using ALSA on Debian

I have a netbook with Debian sid, command line only, using it for a server. I am trying to configure it so that the speakers play back what is going in through the netbook's line in audio port. I can ...
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How to combine dmix with ladspa plugins to default device

A while I have abandoned all sound daemons and lived happily ever since with just the dmix plugin. However, recently I got annoyed by the different volume levels of youtube videos and decided to plug ...
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What are these strange characters in wifi-menu and alsamixer?

I have a fresh install of Arch. When I run wifi-menu or alsamixer, both of which I think use dialog, the display in the shell is not correct. The border, for example, is drawn with the wrong ...
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How do I make Wheezy see my sound card?

I'm working on a relatively clean install of Wheezy - relatively as I installed it today and have been installing packages for quite some time. I previously had Ubuntu which played sounds, so it's not ...
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How do I enable sound in this fresh Arch install?

I'm following the Arch Beginner's Guide, here: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beginners%27_Guide I have Arch running. Now I'm working on the post-installation instructions, one of the first ...
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GStreamer and sample rate conversion

I have a soundcard that is only partially supported in Alsa, i.e. playback is only working in 48 kHz. Most of my audio files are in 44.1 kHz, and I would like to use Exaile as my audio player, as it ...
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Centos 6.4 (64) skype 4.2 no sound notification

Everything works fine. I can hear and others can hear me. But no sound notification. In options -> sound devices "Make a test sound" button is disabled. Other button show "PulseAudio server (local)". ...
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make google talk use the correct alsa sound device for input

I'm trying to make the Google Talk plugin accept sound. In other programs (e.g. Skype, Audacity) I did this by selecting the device for my sound input, hw:0.2 (see screenshots). Google Talk does not ...
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No default output device -9996: playing sound through Django

I'm facing a problem with my Raspberry Pi while playing a sound through a web page. The page is built in with Django and is quite simple: you push on a button and a sound is played (a Python script is ...
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How to use OSLEC with Alsa as default, not with Pulseaudio or other thirdparty package involved?

Oslec Echo canceller I have seen some packages used OSLEC and there echo cancle was very well. So for a test simulation, how could i install the OSLEC only with Alsa (i do not use PulseAudio at all, ...
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Alsa & JACK - card and device names (different naming conventions)

I am a bit confused about audio device names. If I use command aplay -l i get the list of all audio devices on my system: **** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices **** card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], ...
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ALSAMIXER - deleted the alsa* from /bin - need to recover

I am an Archlinux user and I ve had problems with alsamixer which didn't play sound in google-chrome. So I 1st tried to uninstall it using: sudo pacman -Rns alsa-plugins alsa-tools alsa-oss After ...
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Why aplay cannot play a 4 or 6 channels sound when speaker-test does?

I am currently trying to setup a soundblaster card (CA106 chipset) to output to 4 channels. I plugged 4 speakers to analog output (using the jack plugs). When I am testing the pseakers using the ...
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Alsa - how can i tell my default audio output is card 2 and device 0, not hdmi?

how can i tell my system default sound output is card 2 and device 0 not card 2 device 3 or 7 or 1? I did this but no sound. $ aplay -l **** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices **** card 0: Device ...
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Alsaaudio module, recording for specific amount of time

The below code records the audio for some time (I don't know how much) How to calculate the total time of its recording? For example, if I want to record for just one minute then how would I limit ...
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How to restart Alsa/PulseAudio after using Jack

After I use Jack, the PulseAudio outputs and inputs are replaced by a dummy device. I've tried to kill PulseAudio and reload Alsa, but the only way I can use an Alsa-based application again is to ...
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Why does skype not pick up my microphone?

I've got skype running (32 bit mode) on Slackware64 — the sound is fine but my mic is not able to be detected. KMIX shows that my mic is enabled, and I can hear myself when I test it. Some ...
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Pulseaudio over network - change output on-the-fly

I successfully configured PulseAudio server and client to send audio over network. It uses direct connection: http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/PulseAudio/Documentation/User/Network/#index1h2 ...
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How proc gets updated about the devices [duplicate]

If i do cat /proc/asound/cards it lists all the sound card details from where proc gets this information.This file is continuously updating what if i want to make a manual entry
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Separate speakers and headphones output

I have a PC with builtin soundcard, and it has one output for the speakers (behind the computer) and one for the headphones (on the front side). When I play something, the sound goes to both outputs. ...
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What program reads and executes /usr/share/alsa/alsa.conf and related scripts?

I can't find any kind of daemon application for modern ALSA. I wonder, what process or kernel thread reads /usr/share/alsa/alsa.conf and other configuration files under /usr/share/alsa, when it reads ...
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ALSA: how to temporarily change the output device

I want to do a simplest thing possible in ALSA: to have USB-headphones produce sound instead of internal speaker of my tablet. I don't want to change config files such as asound.rc or alsa.conf or ...
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audio recording - record two sources simultaneously, merge into a single 2-track recording

How can I record two audio sources at the same time and create a file where one source is the left channel and the other source is the right channel of a lossless stereo audio recording? My distro ...
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Applications grabing ALSA exlusively

So, my second question about linux audio on the site. The previous one generated quite a lot introductory information. I have ALSA and PulseAudio installed. Before installing PulseAudio, no audio ...
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Alsaequal volume gain, Pre-Amp like

I use alsaequal for equalize my audio, hitherto ok, but all know that after equalizer the volume is low, some equalizers have a control called "Pre-AMP" that solve this problem, but in Alsaequal ...
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How to preserve the logind session in Arch Linux?

I got audio working in Arch Linux without problems yesterday, but at some point it stopped working again: $ alsamixer cannot open mixer: No such file or directory $ vlc foo.mp4 ... [0x7f1388006be8] ...