[pulseaudio-discuss] Pulseaudio network audio server perfect setup

Colin Guthrie gmane at colin.guthr.ie
Sun Jan 30 03:25:15 PST 2011

'Twas brillig, and Thomas Riché at 30/01/11 10:02 did gyre and gimble:
> Hello,
> I am trying to get the perfect pulseaudio network audio server setup.
> So far, I have pulseaudio daemon running on my sound server.
> I am able to access it from my clients using padevchooser.
> I have two questions:
> 1/ padevchooser is tagged as obsolete in the pulseaudio documentation.
> What sould I use instead ?

Generally we'd recommend pavucontrol as a mixer app. padevchooser just
sets properties on the X11 root window and doesn't actually do anything
"live" with the pulseaudio server. The best approach generally is to use
"tunnels" from your local PA server to the network server. This way you
can move your streams from local devices to remote ones without having
to stop and restart them.

> 2/ The last thing I miss is the use of my multimedia keyboard to be able
> to control the server's volume.
> This is not a pulseaudio issue, rather a GNOME one (yes, I am using
> GNOME) But I figured that someone from pulseaudio could better
> understand this problem:
> So, If I use the volume control applet, it is totaly transparent for me
> (when it comes to adjusting the volume levels) weather I use my local
> server or the networked one.
> However, the actions of my volume up/down keys only affects my local
> sound server...too bad !

IIRC the volume keys affect the "default" sink. Therefore to change the
remote audio, just change the default sink to be the one that is the
tunnel to the remote server :)



Colin Guthrie

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