Questions about audio hardware and software in Linux and other UNIX operating systems.

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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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How do I enable sound in this fresh Arch install?

I'm following the Arch Beginner's Guide. I have Arch running. Now I'm working on the post-installation instructions, one of the first parts of which is to unmute the speakers. This is where my ...
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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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How can I switch between different audio output hardware using the shell?

I use my laptop with an external monitor which has speakers. When the monitor is attached through HDMI I can switch (using the GUI: Sound Setting --> Hardware) between the normal laptop audio output ...
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File manager that shows bit rate for mp3 files

I am a Fedora user and my current file manager is Thunar. The OS is quite nice but I am not satisfied with Thunar. There are a lot of features I think it's lacking but mainly I am missing more ...
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Why doesn't my udev rule work?

I created a file /etc/udev/rules.d/60.alsa.rules with the following content: KERNEL=="0000:00:1b.0", SUBSYSTEM=="pci", ATTR{label}=="Realtek High Definition Audio Device", ATTR{vendor}=="0x8086", ...
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Modify sound volume per application [closed]

In Fedora 12 + Gnome 2 I used to be able to modify the volume of each application seperately. Now, I'm on Fedora 20 + MATE 1.6.2, and this option is gone. If I click Notification Area > Sound > ...
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After upgrading the kernel, the sound no longer works

I have updated the Linux kernel on my system to Linux 3.11-2-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.11.10-1 (2013-12-04) x86_64 GNU/Linux. Having done that, the sound no longer works. Distribution Info(cat ...
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Nvidia HDMI audio not visible on system

I recently installed Arch Linux on my pc. I'm using a Nvidia GTX 660 Ti connected to a receiver over HDMI. I can't get audio to work over this HDMI connection. Next to my video card I have an onboard ...
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Sound crackles and echos to the point of being unusable

I recently got a new desktop, installed debian 64 bit, and found out that the sound doesn't work at all. I'm not entirely sure what information I should give to help identify the problem but I'll do ...
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How to get Debian to detect my Audigy 2

I started my PC this morning and noticed that I had no sound. Since last using the sound card successfully, I had installed openssh-server, but I suspect this is unrelated. I think my PC isn't ...
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How do you redirect audio output in FreeRDP?

I have trouble redirecting audio during my rdp connection with freerdp. When I use this command: xfreerdp /v:ServerName /u:User /p:Password /d:Domain /audio I get this error: Warning ...
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Virtual console pauses video and audio playback running in KDE

In Kubuntu 14.04, when I switch to one of the virtual consoles by pressing CTRL-ALT-F1...F6 all audio and video playback running in the GUI gets interrupted and continues only when going back to X. ...
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Cannot “resume” music

I've had the following issue across multiple music players and multiple distro's. Currently I am experiencing it in Rhythmbox on Arch Linux. Whenever I play music and then pause a track I am unable ...
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Output sound by writing to /dev/dsp

I know that it is possible to write arbitrary data into /dev/dsp and a noise will come up from the speakers. But whatever data I pass to this file the noise is the same. I wonder is it possible to ...
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Record from the microphone indefinitely

I'm working with the application "arecord" (under Arch-Linux). I'm want to capture sounds from my microphone and save it to the disk. This is my command: arecord -f dat -d 2 --channels 1 -D hw:1,0 ...
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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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Slow down mp3 audio

I love VLC's option of slowing down audio playback. Now I want to take my mp3-files to a portable player and play them there. Unfortunately the player does not have a slow down option. How can I ...
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Convert audio to text

I heard about existence of some speech recognition systems, and it seems I need one of those. Basically, I have an audio file with speech (only one person is speaking most of the time), and I want to ...
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Set Sound Settings to 152% on Boot (LMDE)

I have installed Linux Mint Debian Edition and everything is working correctly, except that 100% sound setting is not ideal on my speakers, so I see that I can increase it to 152% from my sound ...
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Focusrite Scarlett on Linux input mapping?

Does anyone use these interfaces on Linux? If so, how do the inputs map (e. g. with ALSA/PulseAudio)? E. g. the Scarlett 6i6 has the following connections. Inputs: 2x symmetric XLR inputs (one for ...
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Play .wav when text scrolls in terminal

After watching a TV show, I came up with a fun idea. Is there a way to take that cheesy high-pitched sound effect they play every time text scrolls down a command-line screen on TV and play it when ...
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Low-pass filter on LFE using Pulseaudio

I'd like to apply a low-pass filter on the subwoofer channel on my 5.1 sound system under SolydK (a Linux distro based on Debian Testing, PA is installed and configured by default just like under ...
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Mathematica makes no sound under Ubuntu 11.04

After waiting for days for my license I now got the opportunity to install Wolfram Mathematica 8 at home. However, neither the Play nor the Speak functions are doing anything as it seems that ...
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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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Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 With linux mint

I have a focusrite scarlett 8i6 soundcard and I would like to make many sounds with it. Currently it's deadly silent and I want to crack on with some programming whilst listening to music! I usually ...
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Sending to two bluetooth speakers at once

Is it possible to send the same audio signal to two different Bluetooth speakers at once from a single source? I remember reading somewhere that it's possible to send audio to two different sinks ...
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ubuntu usb sound card sometimes recognized and sometimes not at boot

I have a linux ubuntu 12.04 server machine which works with an usb sound card. When rebooting the machine, sometimes the usb sound card is recognized and sometimes not, I cannot figure out a reason ...
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Change sampling rate in ALSA

I'm a Computer Audiophile, I've used Windows (with ASIO4ALL)and OSX for Audio. Now I'm making Ubuntu 13 my HTPC/Stereo Audio. To begin with I disabled Pulse audio and using GooMusicplayer with ALSA. ...
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Understanding Mixing of sounds in ALSA

I can't seem to bend ALSA completely to my will, even after I spent a lot of time configuring it. I just do not seem to understand it well enough. Here is my /etc/asound.conf: pcm.dmixed { ...
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Play sound when suspending and resuming

I'm trying to get my sound theme all working how I want it. Reading the sound naming spec by freedesktop, it has an entry "suspend-start" and "suspend-end", which is supposed to fire when the ...
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Amplify quiet passages in an mp3 file

I have an mp3 file where is a dialog with two voices and one of the voices is very quiet. Is there a command or application that is able the detect the quiet passages and amplify them? The two voices ...
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Setting up digital piano and computer with MIDI interface

I have a MIDI cable that has IN and OUT interfaces. I want to connect my piano (Yamaha P95) with the laptop (running Ubuntu), so I can record midi songs. I connected the cable between piano and ...
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Android w/ Glibc stack, how can I set-up audio w/ nvlc? Is it possible with ALSA(Debian)?

With the help of the book "Embedded Android" by Karim Yaghmour I managed to learn enough about Android's build process last fall. With enough fiddling around and Google'ing I learned a sufficient ...
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Cleaning voice recordings from command line?

I have used Audacity for removing noise from recordings before, however it has very limited command line usage. I have ~100 short lecture videos which I will be watching over the next few months and ...
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Selected ALSA device falls back to default in Wine with PulseAudio installed

Under SolydK (based on Debian Testing), as PulseAudio is installed by default, I unless I switch from the default sound device to an item that appears in winecfg at the sound settings, I get distorted ...
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Creative X-Fi alternative for Linux

I have a pretty slick Creative X-Fi Titanium (Elite Pro) card in my system. In Windows everything sounds amazing with this card, in Linux I just get generic sound. I can configure ALSA or Pulse to do ...
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How can I forward sound over VNC?

I use TightVNC and Remmina Remote Desktop to connect my Raspberry Pi to my Ubuntu laptop over VNC. It works great for the most part, except for the fact that there is no sound. I have googled all ...
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How do I configure PulseAudio for 7.1 Surround Sound over HDMI?

I have my machine connected over HDMI to a receiver. But when I try to use more than two channels with PulseAudio, I only get two. pacmd list cards shows the card, but does not show an HDMI profile ...
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Streaming video with VLC / WinTV has no audio

I'm trying to stream video between two PCs with a WinTV card. I can stream video, but the stream contains no audio. # lspci -v: 06:04.0 Multimedia video controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Video ...
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Why would alsa sound pop, crackle and be generally too distorted to listen to?

I've been having a weird issue with Alsa recently. For some reason all sounds are really distorted and no matter what application I use, I won't get anything clear out of it. I've tried Tomahawk, ...
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Why beep does not work in Ubuntu?

I've tried the below shell, but nothing happened. #! /bin/sh beep -f 500 -l 700 beep -f 480 -l 400 beep -f 470 -l 250 beep -f 530 -l 300 -D 100 beep -f 500 -l 300 -D 100 beep -f 500 -l 300 ...
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Linux makes my audio speaker make a “poping sound” back to Windows in dualboot

I have a very strange problem that other people with the same hardware than me already had, but I didn't see any solutions on the internet. That's why I'm posting here, I'm a bit desperate and if I ...
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soundblaster live 5.1: both output connectors to work?

I have an soundblaster live 5.1. wit emu10k1 chipset. I got my soundcard working now in Linux Mint 13 xfce. that is for 1 output port. I also want the other to work. How can I get my system to have ...
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soundblast live on linx mint: fatal: module snd-emu10k1 not found

I'm trying to get my soundblast live 5.1 emu10k1 (rev 7) working. It is listed in my xconf settings but the onboard sound processor is the standard (i have tried to make de soundblaster standard, but ...
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Internal microphone not working.. again (Fedora 20, KDE, HP 8460p)

Unfortunately I have yet another "adventure" with my internal microphone. Everything is un-muted in alsamixer, as well as in pavucontrol. It is not the first time it stopped working, but now - for ...
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Somehow managed to mute mplayer and can't figure out how to restore sound

I was randomly/experimentally pressing buttons while playing a video with mplayer. Something I did caused the video to mute. I then exited the video and tried a different one, but that one was muted ...
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Microphone not working on Centos 6.5

I have installed CentOS 6.5 on a Dell Insperion with an Intel chip. I first noticed that my microphone is not working on Skype on CentOS although it was working fine with Windows 7 on the same box. ...
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Elementary os no sound after alsa update

I am new to Linux but really love Elementary for its simplicity. After noticing that my sound was quite poor in Elementary, compared to Windows 8.1, I have tried updating the sound drivers. I ended up ...
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Debian: pulseaudio sink volumes syncing?

Running Debian jessie with pulseaudio, sometimes I would use pavucontrol to adjust volumes of different applications at varying levels. Then when I would forget about it and adjust the volume using ...