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 gather, the audio server is committed to whatever was running before. I guess what my question is; how do I free up the server to allow jackd to run? (without having to reboot before I record)

  • Is there another sound server such as PulseAudio installed on your computer? It's possible that it takes control of the soundcard when you launch an application. It can be a reason for jackd to be unable to reclaim it after. In that case, you may get some help here: jackaudio.org/pulseaudio_and_jack. If any of those tips was useful to you, feel free to post your own answer here. – lgeorget May 5 '13 at 1:14
  • Thank you. Yes, I was unclear, but I am assuming that Pulse is taking over and letting go. I will look at the link, I appreciate it very much. – aserwin May 5 '13 at 16:23
  • what is your distribution and version? ubuntu* and pulseaudio should reconfigure themselves to allow jackd to take over. Do you stil need help with that? – nass Jun 14 '15 at 15:36
  • Related: askubuntu.com/q/572120/15729 – Faheem Mitha Feb 26 '16 at 22:05
  • @lgeorget The link you posted is broken. jackaudio.org/faq/pulseaudio_and_jack.html might be the new location. – Faheem Mitha Mar 12 '16 at 0:04

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