PulseAudio is a sound system for Linux and other UNIX systems.

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How can I find the correct name for my microphone and sound output using aplay or pacmd or something else, to apply in asound.conf?

I need to write a default mic and default speaker output in the asound.conf config file. But I don't know exactly how I can find my external sound card or microphone device's name, so that on reboot ...
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Problems with pulseaudio - pavucontrol and pacmd not connecting to pulseaudio

I'm running Debian Jessie (8.3) with the following pulseaudio packages. As far as I know all sound related stuff (including pulseaudio) corresponds to the default Jessie packages. I have not ...
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How can I switch to my onboard audio controller?

My desktop (running Arch) has a (very, very) old SB Live! sound card that isn't working very well any more. I'd like to switch to using the motherboard's onboard audio controller instead. Sadly, ...
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why does Firefox create $HOME/.pulse-cookie, when I am not using pulseaudio

It drives me crazy when programs save their files directly in my $HOME. Even more so, when the files are garbage which has no use. One such example is $HOME/.pulse-cookie, which is being created by ...
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Pulseaudio complains about a lack of “org.bluez” and does not play any sound. How to fix?

My pulseaudio (5.0) on arch (Linux 3.17.2-1-ARCH) does not play any sound. When running the daemon explicitly as pulseaudio -vvvv --log-target=stderr, I get the error message GetManagedObjects() ...
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How can I send different audio to my left and right speakers?

I've found that I can use pavucontrol to control the volume in my left and right speakers independently, by un-clicking the "lock channels together" button. However, I can't find a setting to let me ...
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PulseAudio server on Android

I want to stream audio from my Linux box to an Android device, with smallest delay possible, so I thought about using PulseAudio with module-opensl-sink (found here). I don't want to replace ...
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How to switch PulseAudio inputs and outputs from command line?

At work I use to use an USB headset which gets detected as separate audio output and input (for the mic) devices. At home I use conventional analogue headset which is plugged into my laptop built-in ...
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FFmpeg doesn't recognize my audio sources

I want to record my screen with audio for practice. I saw recommendations to use this command line: ffmpeg -f alsa -ac 2 -i pulse -f x11grab -r 25 -s 800x600 -i :0.0+200,100 -c:a pcm_s16le -c:v ...
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Record audio from multiple devices with ALSA and Pulseaudio

I want to record audio from multiple input devices using ALSA and Pulseaudio. More precisely, I want to play UltraStar Deluxe. It is a game using SDL. As far as I can tell, it supports ALSA only. ...
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PulseAudio naming a device

I found the Question and answer: How can I use PulseAudio virtual audio streams to play music over Skype? I am currently using the command pactl load-module module-null-sink sink_name=Virtual1 to ...
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How do I know if my microphone is mute or unmute when I have more than one microphone?

How do I find out if my microphone is muted or unmuted, when I have more than one microphone such as Motherboard, USB and HDMI? 1) I can't find it with this: $ cat /proc/asound/cards 0 [PCH ...
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ALSA - Traktor Audio 2 - How to split front and rear stereo channels / How to debug dmix

I am struggling to persuade ALSA to separate the front and rear outputs of my Native Instruments Traktor Audio 2 external USB soundcard and would really appreciate help. USB Vendor ID: 17cc, USB ...
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No sound through headphones despite pavucontrol (debian stretch)

After updating from jessie to stretch this week I found my heaphone jack no longer outputs sound, though my built in speakers work just fine. The puzzling thing is that everything seems to be in order ...
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How do I get Mint to recognize my laptop's microphone as a mono input instead of stereo input?

I'm having an issue with Mint XFCE 17.2 detecting my laptop's internal microphone as a stereo microphone at a hardware level. The problem is that, since it's a mono device, the microphone's "right ...
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Why do Pidgin sounds change the volume of music for their duration?

I am running Debian 8 (Jessie). Pretty plain install except I'm running AwesomeWM, no desktop environment, and Gnome is pretty much nowhere to be seen. PulseAudio is setup with defaults. I use Pidgin ...
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Sound output not working properly in chroot

So I have a 64-bit Linux Mint 17 system and I am trying to set up a chroot environment with a 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04-based system (actually something called Vinux, an Ubuntu remix). The problem is that ...
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Pulseaudio antidetects headphones

When I plug in my headphones I get the following Output Devices in pavucontrol: Speakers Analog Output Headphones (unplugged) Choosing Speakers sends output to Speakers+Headphones. Choosing Analog ...
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Program run in SSH accessing pulseaudio on the machine where it runs

I would like to run a program remotely (through ssh) but with audio going to the remote machine where the program actually runs. This would normally work with ALSA, but pulseaudio apparently checks ...
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Automatically switch sound output device to Bluetooth headset & force to A2DP profile on connection

Using Mint 17 + MATE here. My bluetooth headset (Plantronics Backbeat Go2) is connected just fine with my system, but there are several manual steps I have to take to make this work that I would very ...
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Pulseaudio issues - line out/headphones defaulting; connection to other programs (“not running as session daemon”)

I am running Pulseaudio with a combined digital+analogue channel (the digital is an HDMI connection to my monitor('s speaker); the analogue is a connection to separate speakers). Whenever the ...
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Configuring pulseaudio for receive mode

I am working on a project where I'll be running PulseAudio in receive mode on my raspberry pi. As for the server side, we've been writing a custom application on windows that will send an RTP audio ...
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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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How can I have pulseaudio always load a USB soundcard as the same sink every time I boot?

I have 9 identical soundcards connected via USB to a PC running various audio rendering servers. Each card is loaded in /etc/pulse/default.pa by disabling module-udev-dectect and manually loading ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Endless pulseaudio error logging: failed to acquire autospawn lock

I have an issue with pulseaudio logging error messages in a loop and wonder how I can fix them: Aug 7 20:22:17 s pulseaudio[25638]: lock-autospawn.c: Cannot access autospawn lock. Aug 7 20:22:17 s ...
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Why do people dislike PulseAudio? [closed]

I've heard a ton of crap about PulseAudio on the internet. People even discriminate against systemd simply because it was created by Lennart Poettering. Are there any technical reasons why PulseAudio ...
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Why does `systemctl enable rpcbind' change the volume of my sound? And how do I prevent this?

I just did: $ systemctl enable rpcbind And this caused the volume on my headphones to increase severly. First off, I don't understand why this happens, as rpcbind seems completely unrelated to my ...
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How can I create a virtual output in PulseAudio?

I need to create a virtual output in PulseAudio so as to be able to capture and stream audio from a specific source. I know that it's possible to re-route a specific application's output to a given ...
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MPD and Chrome can't both play audio at the same time

I use MPD to stream music, but noticed that I often could not get any sound. I finally figured out that if I quit the Chrome web browser, then playback would continue. This is the relevant section ...
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Changing system volume also changes Spotify volume (Arch Linux)

This is something that has been bugging me for awhile and I haven't been able to find a fix yet. Whenever I change the system volume using the hardware volume keys on my laptop, it also changes the ...
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pulseaudio sink always suspended

I am on Debian Pulseaudio 2.0-6.1. Up to now never had any issues with sound. I made some experiments with remote sinks and now it seems pulse it totally messed up. I have only one sink. When I ...
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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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Redirect stereo sounds through a mono channel [closed]

I want to listen to this perfect album. My amp's right channel broke down, and these songs just don't do left-channel-only. How do I mono? Ssh-ing via laptop into the audio pc, running Fedora 20. ...
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How does PulseAudio start?

PulseAudio is always running on my system, and it always instantly restarts if it crashes or I kill it. However, I never actually start PulseAudio. I have checked /etc/init.d/ and /etc/X11/Xsession.d/...
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Enable udev and speex support for pulseaudio

I tried to install pulse audio, but after running ./configure I got a warning message: ===== WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING ===== You do not have udev support enabled. It is ...
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Web browser hooked pulseaudio sound, how to release?

It seems that Chrome (and its Flash component) has grabbed all the audio on the machine for itself, leaving no sound for any other applications. I am running KDE with PulseAudio. Is there a way in ...
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PulseAudio cannot open shared library

I'm running Debian wheezy (x86) with GNOME on a Intel Core i7 machine. I'm having problems getting PulseAudio to work properly. Since GNOME 3 automatically installs PulseAudio I'm pretty much stuck ...
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Remove PulseAudio device

While following instructions, I loaded a module which creates an input device "Monitor of Null Output" and an output device "Null Output" using this command: pactl load-module module-null-sink ...
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After each reboot, speakers have volume 0

For some reason my audio volume keeps being reduced to zero when I reboot. I am able to fix this temporarily like so: rm ~/.config/pulse/* If I reboot, the volume functions normally. Rebooting ...
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How do I set the output port on my audio card?

My audio card has two ports, for clarity I'll call them the 'speaker' and 'headphone' port. In windows, the audio control sees two separate ports, and I can switch back and forth between speaker and ...
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How to make PulseAudio and OSS only applications coexist on Debian Wheezy?

Before I fell back to ALSA, I had severe problems with PulseAudio deadlocks for years on my Debian system on which I am using some OSS only (requiring /dev/dsp) applications. I would like to see ...
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Disable ATI HDMI sound device - Fedora with PulseAudio

I want to disable the ATI HDMI sound device. I have nothing connected to it and for some reason, although it isn't the default sound device, it sometimes kicks in and grabs my sound, leaving 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/ FILENAME=...
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Pulse Audio and Roaming Profiles on CentOS 6

We've been testing many Red Hat based distributions recently at work to replace Windows as our main operating system. We choosed CentOS 6 since all our software were fully compatible. The biggest bug ...
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Internal speaker unmuted when I press volume up/down buttons on my headphones

It is logical to expect the volume up/down buttons on my USB headphones to only control the volume of the headphones, but in fact they also unmute all other audio output devices. I'm using KDE on ...
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Isolating all audio for a specific user account with Pulseaudio

I've done some Googling on this subject, and looked around on Stack Exchange, but I haven't yet found a question canonically similar to mine. If this is the wrong section of Stack Exchange to ask this ...
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How to prevent bluetooth audio skipping with the A2DP profile on Arch Linux?

I am experiencing quite heavy audio skipping when streaming audio to my bluetooth speaker (Sony SRS-X3) using pulseaudio and Arch Linux on a T430. I think it is related to a known bug [1]. The speaker ...