Inadequate sound device control
jik at kamens.us
Tue Apr 17 12:21:05 UTC 2012
On 4/17/2012 7:25 AM, Matthias Clasen wrote:
> 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...
Well, let's see...
Once recently the audio I was playing was being mixed with the audio
being transmitted to others. E.g., if I had a music player going while
using Skype, the people at the other end of the line could hear the
music mixed directly into the audio they were getting (it was /not/
going through the microphone). I have no idea how things got into this
state -- I certainly didn't configure them this way -- and the only way
to fix it was through tweaking the ALSA channels.
To get my microphone to work properly, I recently had to play with the
"Front Mic" and "Front Mic Boost" channels in the ALSA mixer. Just
tweaking the input volume slider in pulseaudio wasn't doing the job. I
don't know why that is... I don't understand all the ins and outs of how
my sound card or sound cards in general work, nor do I wish to. I just
want to be able to make my system work properly.
Those are two use cases I can think of right now; there are others that
come up from time to time that I can't think of off the top of my head.
If ALSA and pulseaudio worked better together, i.e., they were, between
the two of them, smart enough to automatically DTRT with the low-level
sound settings, then there would be no need for anyone but the real
audiophiles to access those settings directly. But they /don't/ work
perfectly together. If you just fixed all the glitches so that
everything worked better out-of-the-box, I'd be perfectly happy never
needing to run the ALSA mixer again.
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