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

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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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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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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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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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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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What and how is the encoding of a raw (headerless) audio file?

I have done this: me@riverbrain:~/sgf$ echo "test" | text2wave -otype raw -F 16000 >> test.raw which produced a headerless audio file. The wonderful thing about this file is that it can be ...
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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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Sound not working in Debian except in google chrome and test utilities

Yesterday, I had Archlinux on my Dell Latitude E6520 and the sound was working perfectly fine (I even had the loud beep I couldn't get rid of). Today, I installed Debian and alsa. The first surprise ...
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USB audio only outputs white noise

I am running OpenBSD/i386 5.1 on a 5 year old laptop. The speakers and headphone port work, but the headphone port is a little loose so I am trying to install an external USB sound card (Fiio E17 USB ...
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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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Saving alsa settings

After a new update, there is no sound by default in my Debian Squeeze box until running alsactl init, but whenever rebooting the computer I have to run the command again to gain sound. How can I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to enable both built-in audio output and HDMI audio output with PulseAudio?

I've been searching for this issue for days now and tried various solutions suggested, without any success. Basically, I have a laptop with built-in audio (the output goes either to the headphone ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Audio CD source plugin for .wav files . Linux

I have a CD which contains a number of .wav files. When I try to open one I get: The playback of this movie requires a Audio CD source plugin which is not installed. Can someone please sent me ...
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Ubuntu sound not working after sleep/suspend

Whenever I sleep my laptop I mean if I down the flap sound doesn't work, every time i have to restart my laptop for sound to make working. Fo instance right now sound is not working(since I closed ...
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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 ...