Inadequate sound device control

Matthias Clasen mclasen at
Tue Apr 17 11:25:49 UTC 2012

On Tue, 2012-04-17 at 12:04 +0100, Adam Williamson wrote:

> None of them would. PulseAudio is at a higher level than ALSA and does
> not actually provide any kind of interface (user-interfacing, or API)
> for controlling individual ALSA mixer channels as Jon wants to. It's not
> what PA is _for_. PA's take is that if you want to control individual
> ALSA mixer channels, use an ALSA mixer. GNOME's take is they don't want
> to write an ALSA mixer. So if you want a graphical ALSA mixer...find one
> and use it. GNOME doesn't consider themselves to be in the business of
> providing one.

Well put Adam, thanks. That being said, we certainly want to provide
enough control to let people use their sound cards. If something is
missing, by all means, let us know. But "I need control on the level of
<picture of alsa mixer>" is not a very concrete description of what our
controls don't let you do...

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