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

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Generating random noise for fun in /dev/snd/

Recently I have been exploring the enchanted /dev folder. I want to write some random data to an audio device in order to generate some noise. I am using ALSA. So I instruct cat to pipe some random ...
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Audio file as an audio input device

I want to play an audio file over VoIP in order that people can listen to it with a phone call. One way to do this would be to set up the audio file as an audio device where the audio starts playing ...
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How to send HDMI sound to OTHER HDMI port?

I am running XBMC on a Debian Testing system on my HTPC. I want to switch between my monitor for browsing and my tv for XBMC. This is no problem. But the sound only seems to reach my television when ...
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Is there a good command line tool for converting to and from FLAC audio format?

Ideally, I want to convert from MP3 to FLAC and back. I also need to be able to script this.
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Batch conversion of Module files with XMP

I have the following script to convert a big bunch of .MOD and .XM files into Wave format: #!/bin/bash for f in ./XM.* ./MOD.* do xmp $f -d wav -o - | ffmpeg -i - -acodec libmp3lame -ab 320k ...
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Linux Mint 15 no audio with NVidia MCP51

I updated from Linux Mint 14 to 15 recently, and since then my audio driver seems to be gone or nonfunctional. I don't have a ton of experience with drivers under Linux (grew up a Windows guy), but ...
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Is there a command line tool for analyzing audio frequency

I am planning to analyze audio via linux command line. There are a lot of analyzers out there which have a graphical interface, but since I want to make an automated input/output of this information I ...
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adding additional tracks using sox and the command line

I'm trying to add additional tracks using sox using the command line Example: I have several different stereo tracks a drum track, vocal track, effects track, etc. Can I add additional stereo tracks ...
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Making a Icecast Playlist from the Console

I got HP 6G RAM laptop that use as a home server, and a netbook that i use as my everyday console. I recently installed icecast server on the server as playing audio files on the netbook halts my ...
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Can I query which processes (if any) are currently accessing the microphone?

I'm running Debian (technically Raspbian), trying to get a Star-Trek style voice-command system. I've got it mostly up and running, but in the interests of privacy and all that jazz, I don't want my ...
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VST plugin integration into ALSA?

I have "headless" (e.g. no graphical front-end) VST plugin that I would like to embed into my ALSA setup to continuously filter my sound. I remember that there used to be a LADSPA plugin which itself ...
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My audio device not working

I have been setting up a new CrunchBang Linux and my sound doesn't work. When I type lspci -v command and alplay -l command in command prompt I can see that my sound card is connected and detected. ...
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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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Pulseaudio, Phonon, KDE and forwarding sound to headset

Some days ago I bought headet (Jabra BT2045) and I want to use it in Skype voicechat and for example to forward to it another sound streams from my KDE. I've successfully paired and setup as headset ...
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asound.conf file is corrupted does not allow the play with the correct sound card as a result it keeps failing

I have this following asound.conf file, but when i play $ speaker-test it fails. How can you tell asound.conf that each and every time on restart of pc also use this sound card only? "card 2: PCH ...
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Configuring Enlightened Sound Daemon

I have a single audio source specified in ALSA as plughw:1,0 (a USB microphone) and I'd like several other processes to be able to access the source simultaneously. For various reasons, each process ...
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Creating multiple devices from one device?

Specifically taking a USB device, which normally allows only one process to open it for reading, and clone/duplicate/replicate it so that multiple processes can open and read the input. Something ...
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Native Instruments Audio Kontrol 1 - crackling sound

I am very new user to the Linux world. I istalled newest Ubuntu on my old ASUS A7CC laptop. I would like to use also my older external sound interface Native Instruments Audio Kontrol 1. I am able to ...
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How do I convert FLAC files to AAC (preferrably VBR 320k+)?

I back my CDs up to FLAC and then transcode to AAC (.m4a) files for portability on my android phone and the wife's iPhone. I had been using XLD on Mac and it does a great job but I'd rather not steal ...
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Playing a remote movie on the remote computer

I have two computers (a desktop and a laptop) running linux connected to my local area network. I like to ssh from my laptop over to my desktop and run programs there, and sometimes listen to music on ...
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Linux newbie: How do I use Jack? How does Linux sound work? [closed]

I am a Linux newbie. I know my way around the command-line enough to where it doesn't get in the way of my day job (I develop web applications in Python). This involves some piping, grep, awk, and ...
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ffmpeg: problems when copying the audio

When I run this ffmpeg -i video.mp4 -codec copy video.avi I get a broken audio: a crackling like a stuck LP. The input-audio is aac When I re-encode the audio like this ffmpeg -i video.mp4 -codec:v:0 ...
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Unexpectedly lost speaker output. Headphone output works fine

Yesterday when I opened my laptop I noticed that I no longer had sound from the built-in speakers. I carefully checked settings in Sound Preferences, and then dropped to shell and looked in ...
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Starting jackd after using other audio

I know this is probably a common question. When I start jackd after first booting, everything works fine. If I use another audio (such as Banshee or Youtube, etc) jack won't start. From what I ...
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sox segmentation fault

My attempt to record sound with sox on Raspberry PI fails: pi@raspberrypi ~/tmp $ rec new.wav Segmentation fault And so does play: pi@raspberrypi ~/tmp $ play test.wav Segmentation fault Yet it ...
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VLC - gapless cue support

Most of my music is ripped flac's with cue's. I listen to albums with cue mainly because of last.fm scrobbling, but I want the same experience of gapless playback as listening to whole flac using VLC ...
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Choppy sound with flashpayer

After a number of updates, including upgrading to flashplayer 11 and kernel 3.8.2 sound from flashplayer and skype has become choppy. Setup In my setup I have .ascoundrc set up to use pulseaudio ...
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No Audio Output with X11

I have a queer issue with my Arch-Linux System. I am unable to get any Sound Output when playing audio, AFTER starting X Server. The issue is not with Volume Controls or Sound Card Drivers because, ...
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How to make CD-quality WAV files using avconv?

I want to make a CD using the audio tracks of some video clips. I was thinking of using avconv to convert the files. As far as the other steps go, I found some instructions on the Arch Wiki. This is ...
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Backtrack mp3 problem

I've installed Backtrack but I can't figure out how to play mp3files. I've installed ubuntu-restricted-extras,lame, libmp3lame but still won't work(I have Rhythmbox player, I've also tried Amarok). ...
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Sound messed up in Starcraft. What's the deal?

I'm trying to run Starcraft through Wine. The sound is all distorted, as if it were playing underwater. Then, about 10 minutes into the game the sound is perfect for 1-2 seconds. Then, there's no ...
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Allow audio from only one application

I'd like to only allow audio from a certain application. That is, I'd like to have audio turned off by default for new programs. I'm aware that in PulseAudio one can mute programs, but the problem ...
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Updated Fedora 18 - no sound devices, just dummy output

So, yesterday I updated the recently released Fedora 18, this has been done: Packages Altered: Updated grubby-8.20-1.fc18.x86_64 @?fedora Update 8.22-1.fc18.x86_64 ...
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How to configure buildroot to add a sound device?

I've used a given board configuration to reconfigure it for my individual board. My board has a CS4270 sound device of Cirrus Logic. My uImage is booting successfully on my target hardware, but an ...
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Pulseaudio rapidly switches ouputs at high volumes

I'm using Pulseaudio. The image is of the Output Devices tab and shows the Port set to Analog Output. This is fine and works great. There's another option called Headphones but if you try and set the ...
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Playing sound in a user X session

I am running Linux Mint 14 and can play sound when I start my x session through mdm. however, when I start my X session using startx in user space, I am unable to get any sound play. What could be ...
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Set volume from terminal

Is it possible to set the audio volume using the terminal?, instead of clicking the speaker icon in the topbar, the reason I want need to do this is because my keyboard does not have a volume ...
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Speakers make popping sound when on battery power. What should I do?

I am running Linux Mint 11 on my notebook, which is basically a variation of Ubuntu. I have been hearing a popping noise in the speakers ever since I installed the OS, but just now realizing that the ...
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How to setup an audio/sound output monitor/listener?

I am working with an Arduino and am trying to get it to respond to sound when it is played on my computer. I'm communicating with it over a serial port. I need to know if there are any audio/sound ...
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ALSA dummy device - how to configure?

I am working on an audio stream between two virtual servers. For that, I have set up a dummy soundcard (as the vservers don't have a hw card) using modprobe snd-dummy. That seems to work fine - I am ...
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gnome 3 system sounds not working

On my System (Debian Wheezy x64, Gnome 3) I don't have any system sounds. Other audio is working well. When I go to settings > Audio > Sounds (hope it is called like this in english) as normal user, ...
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system volume is changed when vlc volume is increased over 100%

When I increase my vlc sound more than 100% and after stoping or pausing vlc if I use clementine to play music the volume is same as vlc, i.e, more than 100% but in the indicator it shows whatever the ...
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Losing sound after installing wine 1.5 (+python 2.7)?

I have a desktop and a laptop computer. Since I wanted to run IrfanView (that works great now!), I installed wine 1.5.22, which involved installing 1 GB of dependencies. The desktop continues to work ...
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Sound not working when both the sound card and HDMI use the Intel HDA driver. How to exchange their device loading order?

I have an Acer Aspire One 522 netbook which has an Intel HDA sound card based on the Conexant CX20584 chipset. Although KDE does output sound when starting up, flash and probably many other apps which ...
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No sound when attached to docking station

I have been using Linux and Ubuntu only since the last two months on my (2006) Sony Vaio VGN A617S laptop which is going pretty well on Ubuntu 10.10. When installing Ubuntu audio did get installed ...
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Making a Linux audio recording device available on a Windows 7 PC over network

I would like to use my headset's microphone both on my Linux laptop and a Windows 7 PC simultaneously, for different VoIP applications. I'm currently running Ubuntu with PulseAudio on the laptop to ...
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Configuring default alsa device (hw:0,0) in asoundrc

I am using a multimedia application (XBMC Frodo RC3) that does not allow me to select custom pcm device. It just asks the hardware device (in this case it is hw:0,0). Given this limitation I have to ...
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Testing, from a script, if audio devices are in silent?

Is there a default program where I can check if my audio devices are in silent? Edit: By silence, I mean that if there is something playing on that (not just activated or opened) Something like ...
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how to merge two audio input source using avconv

I try to make screencast using avconv and I facing a problem. I finally succeed to record both pc output and microphone input , the problem is that they're not merged in the output file. (I saw ...
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Rip audio CDs while keeping extraction and encoding separate

I'd like to rip my audio CDs to mp3. I know this has been discussed to a good extent but I'm not sure if my setup makes sense, though. I want to use an older PC for that and I have read on the net ...