[pulseaudio-discuss] New to pulseaudio mixer logic, can you explain this effect to me?

Tanu Kaskinen tanu.kaskinen at intel.com
Wed May 1 01:09:00 PDT 2013

On Wed, 2013-05-01 at 04:10 +0200, Andrea wrote:
> > On Wed, May 1, 2013 at 2:46 AM, Andrea <andrea at z80.it> wrote:
> > > I recently upgraded from an old KDE3.5+arts installation to a full
> > > upgraded debian wheezy with kde4.8+phonon4.6+pulseaudio2.0+alsa
> > [..]
> > > how can i configure the control logic to return to an approach more like an
> > > analog mixer?
> > 
> > Usually it works well, i.e. there are no noticeable volume changes in
> > background streams.
> > 
> > If it doesn't, uncomment and disable flat-volumes in /etc/pulse/daemon.conf.
> Thank you. 
> This had the effect to let me use the pavucontrol in the manner i am used to.
> The kmix applet in the taskbar works as expected, too, touching the master 
> output control.
> This had the also interesting effect of *disabling* the volume control of 
> amarok (graphically it works, but have no effect)
> It is possible that amarok is trying to set the master volume and this setting 
> in pulseaudio is preventing that? if so is an amarok problem i think i will 
> report if you confirm my thinking.

Whatever Amarok did before disabling flat-volumes should still have some
effect. I don't have any ideas why disabling flat-volumes would make
Amarok's volume control non-functional.


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