[pulseaudio-discuss] pulseaudio module-combine-sink and network devices

Sean Greenslade sean at seangreenslade.com
Wed Jan 19 05:58:28 UTC 2022

On Sun, Jan 16, 2022 at 09:59:43AM +0000, Dan MacDonald wrote:
> Is it possible to use module-combine-sink to combine a network PA
> device and a local device? I've been trying commands such as:
> $ pactl load-module module-combine-sink sink_name=Combined2
> sink_properties=device.description=CombinedTwo
> slaves=tunnel.raspberrypi.local.alsa_output.usb-Focusrite_Scarlett_2i4_USB-00.analog-surround-40,alsa_output.usb-XMOS_HIFI_DSD-00.analog-stereo
> channels=2
> Failure: Module initialisation failed
> Or sticking similar config into /etc/pulse/default.pa with no luck. I
> can use each device individually fine.
> I wonder if I'd have more luck trying to do this with Pipewire? I'd
> have to upgrade both machines before that is an option so I'd rather
> get this working with PA if its possible.

I just tried this setup myself and it seems to work fine. I wonder if
maybe you are using the wrong name for the tunneled sink in the combine?
After you have the tunnel set up, can you run this command and see what
the "Name:" listed under your tunneled sink is?

$ pactl list sinks


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