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

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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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Sound volume control does not work in Ubuntu

My sound volume control does not work when I'm logged in with my regular user, though the sound works correctly. What's weirder is that the sound control works when I'm logged in as guest. With my ...
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sound in firefox via ssh -X

I have a headless debian box with speakers. Suppose I'm at my laptop and I do $ ssh headless -X $ audacious then audacious' window pops up on my laptop's screen. If I open a file then it ...
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JACK can't play ardour along with any other media

I recently downloaded Ardour2, and it appears that JACK cannot run Ardour along with any other media (Rhythmbox, YouTube, Pandora, etc.). The symptoms are as follows: If Ardour is the first thing I ...
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How to display audio visualization in VLC while playing video?

I've tried enabling all of the entries in Audio → Visualizations, but they don't show up. Disabling the video track didn't help either. Running VLC 2.1.5 Rincewind on Awesome WM.
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VLC surround to stereo problem

I noticed a problem with certain video files where speech volume component is just too low. I googled a bit and it seems that the problem is that it tries to play surround sound on stereo speakers and ...
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How I can record stream radio in Linux?

How can I record a radio stream in Linux like the screamer in Windows? Does anyone have any idea or suggestion?
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Set default sound card in Pulse Audio

I have two soundcards on my systems and pulseaudio always picks the wrong one. How do I set up the default soundcard in the pulse audio preferences?
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Why does Arch Linux keep Windows headphone mute

I have Windows 7 installed, and headphones work perfectly. Few days ago, I installed Arch Linux along with Win7. This issue appears with gnome/xfce4/openbox. Perhaps it is not related to desktop ...
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Using PulseAudio to receive RTP audio stream

I'm trying to set up simple communication between my Ubuntu distro and my Rasbian distro on the raspberry pi. I'm more concerned about the rPi side of this project. I've been looking around the ...
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How do I capture audio from interactive webpages using VLC?

I'm trying to capture an audio video feed (screen-cast) from my web browser and all screen-casting options I tried have the same issue: No sound is captured Platform I'm using a near default ...
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Alienware M14x - No sound in linux Mint 14 (Nadia)

I have done a fresh install of Linux Mint 14.1 x64 on my Alienware M14x. Everything was working fine after installed. Unfortunately the sound is lost after sometime. Theres no sound when playing video ...
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How do I split a flac with a cue?

I've got a full album flac, and a cue file for it. How can I split this into a flac per track. I'm a KDE user, so I would prefer a KDE/QT way, I would like to see command line and other gui answer's ...
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Fix Skype audio input in Mint 17 Cinnamon

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon (Ubuntu 14.04) HDA Intel PCH The microphone works well (tested with VLC's capture mode), but Skype won't catch any sound. Only PulseAudio is listed in Skype's configuration as ...
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volume hot keys in Crunchbang don't work

I've spent 2 hours on this and still can't figure this out. It's driving me insane. Please save my sanity. When I press mute, the pnmixer control in the top right shows that I've pressed mute, but ...
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real time kernel / low latency comes from the vanilla source

Does the vanilla source provide real time / low latency functionality ?
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No sound with Mint 12 and Realtek ALC892

Installed Mint 11 last week and I've got no sound. I've read around, went through the trouble shooters. Poked and prodded. Still no sound. It worked right out of the install with this hard ware in ...
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Is there simple applet mixer for pulseaudio

With new openSUSE 13.2 I find huge problem with sound -- with ALSA I lost the line out, and besides the sound was too quiet in general (today max out, is yesterday half). With help of pulseaudio ...
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Gnome screenshot: turn off camera sound *without* admin rights

Is there a way to disable the gnome screenshot camera sound, with needed admin access? There's an answer here, that involves moving a file from somewhere in /usr/... How can I disable the shutter ...
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Restarting all sound services and their configure settings

I am working on OpenSuse 12.3, to get sound in here I have to go the yast settings and reinstall the sound card interface to get the sound working. I noticed that , sometimes it is enough to remove ...
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Why can I not split a .ape file?

I would like to split a .ape album into individual tracks in .flac format using a .cue sheet. For this I followed a tutorial I found. In short I pass this command to the terminal: cuebreakpoints ...
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PC speaker device missing

I've just connected a small internal PC speaker to my motherboard. The beep command is producing sounds correctly. The pcspkr is loaded but there is no /dev/pcsp, so I cannot send audio to it. How ...
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I can't find my soundcard using lspci; does that mean it's not linux's fault?

Pretty straightforward question, and according to this diagram it would seem the answer is yes. My previous sound card stopped working (ie. stopped appearing when I ran lspci) so I bought a 2nd hand ...
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Convenient way to name files in Linux

I'm a beginner in Linux and want to learn to do things properly in this environment. Since the beginning I've noticed that a lot of people involved in Linux (like tutorials and guides) tend to name ...
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Splitting WavPack files when the .cue file and .wv file have different names?

If a directory contains an album encoded as one large .wv file and a .cue file, splitting the entire album into individual .flac tracks is a simple task: $ cuebreakpoints foo.cue | shnsplit -o flac ...
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How to disable weird sound when deleting entries in KeePass?

When I try to delete an entry in KeePass (v2.28), it makes some terrible noise (like a screamer) and then displays a confirmation dialog. I've searched through available settings but haven't found a ...
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How to get sound intensity of an audio input through terminal?

I want to know the intensity of the sound being heard by an audio in source like a mic or Line-in through Command line. Kinda like the progressbar under the mouse but in CLI. audiointensity mic0 10 ...
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Debian systems seems to recognize speakers but not the headphones for Lenovo laptops

First of All, I know there are lot of questions out there on same topic but still I could not figure out the solution. Being a average system level programmer (beginner in kernel programming) I would ...
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How do I direct my audio to a bluetooth device?

I have successfully paired my "headset" (actually its a speaker) with KDE. Now where can I go to tell it to send audio to the speaker. My multimedia settings don't seem to list the device as an ...
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Why does music still loop, when my PC freezes? [closed]

Unfortunately it happens rather regularly, that some i/o job or some other activity clogs all the cpu power on my rather old linux machine and leaves me with a frozen desktop, where not even the mouse ...
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Why don't I hear audio playing from my CentOS 6.5 Vagrant box?

I want to play a wave file from my CentOS 6.5 Vagrant box using aplay and of course I want to hear the sound. This is what I do: > aplay sine.wav Playing WAVE 'sine.wav' : Signed 16 bit Little ...
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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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Is there an easy way to switch playback soundcards?

I recently purchased the roccat kulo headset which comes with a nice USB soundcard, completely functional under linux :). Howsoever I now struggle to easily siwtch between my laptops integrated ...
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Change audio volume when headphones are plugged in KDE

I am working on Debian 7 with KDE Version 4.8.4. I want the volume to be reduced automatically when I plug my headphones, I know it is not a problem with my computer (at least directly) because it ...
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Low sound volume issues on Z97 motherboard and linux mint KDE

I've recently set up a new system with MSI Z97 gaming 5 motherboard however the first issue I've encountered was that the sound was crackling. I've fixed that by updating the kernel to 3.16.3 Now the ...
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Desktop audio falls behind when recording microphone + desktop audio + screen using ffmpeg

I have put together this script for recording the microphone, the desktop audio and the screen using ffmpeg: DATE=`which date` RESO=2560x1440 FPS=30 PRESET=ultrafast DIRECTORY=$HOME/Video/ ...
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Tmux makes a sound when I launch it, how could I disable that?

When I launch tmux in the terminal, is causes my Linux Mint to play a sound in the speakers. The sound is a Linux Mint system sound. Perhaps it's the "alert" sound, but I cannot identify it by name. ...
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Realtek audio issues on OpenBSD 5.2

I am running OpenBSD/amd64 5.2 stable on a new machine, using a gigabyte motherboard with a realtek alc898 audio chipset. When I try to play any audio (sources include mpd, aucat, and cat > ...
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No on-board sound on Dell Optiplex SX-280 post Linux Mint Petra Install

Not sure this fits in here.. We recently installed Linux Mint Petra on this small-form-factor dell desktop. The weird thing is, the sound does not work on board, but works on a speaker connected to ...
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Enhance bass in sound system

I use a high quality headphone which capable of producing really great sound. On another computer and on various OS, it was able to produce some deep bass sound. I previously used my headphone on a ...
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Change output voice frequency

My friend can not hear all voice frequencies. I need software that brings all frequency spectrums to a specific band. Is there any software to help me do this? I mean change all output sound ...
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How to stop gnome from muting my music?

I use ArchLinux, and I recently installed Spotify which is working fine, except for one thing: Every time any program triggers a system sound, the player volume is automatically muted in the mixer. ...
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No sound on my system

So I've been trying out linux, and regardless of what I do, I end up getting no sound at all. I've tried researching the matter to no luck. At first I tried Debian, then moved onto Elementary OS, and ...
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How do you disable audio input in Ubuntu 14.04/ Mint 17

I am using VM Workstation to run Mint 17. Because I did not plugin a microphone, everytime the VM try to access input device it disconnects my virtual sound adapter which also disconnects output. In ...
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No Audio on my system (currently running elementary OS)

So I haven't used a Linux distribution in a long while, and I decided to install it in my new computer. I settled for Elementary OS, but it seems I am completely unable to get my computer to play any ...
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Sound doesn't work anymore after rebooting with headphones plugged in

I'm using Ubuntu Studio and everything works until I reboot the machine (Acer aspire V5 laptop) with the headphones plugged in. After that no sounds will play either out of the laptop speakers or ...
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What is preventing me from recording the output of my speakers?

I am using Trisquel GNU/Linux 6.0.1 (a modified version of Ubuntu) on the XFCE desktop environment. I am trying to record the output of my speakers. I do not have a microphone, and so cannot use it ...
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Multichannel audio for Halloween sound effects

I am quite confused about the different audio tools in Linux - how ALSA and Pulse Audio and other daemons and libraries and applications fit together, so I'm looking for help in sorting it out. More ...
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Video and audio lagging on Skype 4.3

Skype's video does work, but it's lagging horribly on the other end. It's not an issue of the computer on the other end, since I've had conversations before on Skype while using windows and never had ...
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Video and audio lag on Skype 4.3 [duplicate]

Skype's video does work, but it's lagging horribly on the other end. It's not an issue of the computer on the other end, since I've had conversations before on Skype while using windows and never had ...