[pulseaudio-discuss] Port icons, +11 dB, ABI stability

Alexander E. Patrakov patrakov at gmail.com
Sat May 12 21:12:52 PDT 2012

Colin Guthrie wrote:

> 'Twas brillig, and David Henningsson at 09/05/12 02:36 did gyre and
> gimble:
>> 2) +11dB The people within the discussion - including myself - seem to
>> mostly agree that for the sound settings UI, it makes most sense to
>> remove the possibilty to set more than 0dB output for the device
>> volume, but instead allow it for stream volumes. The argument is that
>> the most common use case for this is that you're listening to DVD/flash
>> movies, where the particular application would be what's bothering you.
>> Therefore it would make more sense to boost the application, rather
>> than the device.
> Interesting idea. However, as you guys do not use flat volumes, how can
> a volume >0dB for a stream ever make sense if the system volume is at
> -30dB?

It makes perfect sense. If I temporarily boosted a certain stream volume 
because the recording is too quiet, I want the sound to be clipped in 
software if it suddenly becomes loud again, instead of pulseaudio 
reproducing the now-too-loud sound.

I.e. it is a perfect workaround for https://bugs.freedesktop.org/

Alexander E. Patrakov

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