I recently followed this guide to simultaneous audio outputs.

It works great but now I have a huge name for the virtual device in the audio control panel making it expand off my screen. In Pulse Audio Control Panel (pavucontrol), I tried right clicking and using "Rename Device..." but an error pops up saying the following:

Error I get in pavucontrol when renaming a device.

My next logical question is how do I load module-device-manager in the PulseAudio server? I tried googling it but nothing I found was relevant.

A little bit of help please? I don't care what it gets renamed to, I just want the control panel to fit on my screen.

The current name is "Simultaneous output to GF100 High Definition Audi Controller Digital Stereo, EMU20k2 [X-Fi Titanium Series] Analog Stereo, GF108 High Definition Audio Controller Digital Stereo (HDMI), Built-in Audio Stereo"

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To load a specific module to the PA server, you add it to /etc/pulse/default.pa:

load-module module-device-manager

Changes can also be made during runtime using pacmd.

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    Added load-module module-device-manager to the end of /etc/pulse/default.pa, restarted, and now it let's me rename devices. Thanks! Jun 29, 2014 at 23:56
  • Note that pulseaudio can also run with --system, in which case you need to add it to /etc/pulse/system.pa instead of default.pa (this is usually when you run it as root).
    – Quandary
    Jun 22, 2022 at 20:36

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