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PulseAudio flat volumes

by Leandro Lucarella on 2012- 11- 06 20:57 (updated on 2012- 11- 06 20:57)
tagged alsa, en, flat volumes, master, pulse audio, pulseaudio, volume - with 0 comment(s)

Just a quick note because it took me ages to find out how to do it.

I don't really use the feature of pulseaudio that gives every application their own volume instead of manipulating the master volume directly, and lately it became more and more a problem, as I want to use applications like mpd or xbmc that allow remote controlling, and for that having separate volumes makes no sense.

I managed to fix it in mpd once, by using a mixed setup, using pulse as output, but the hardware alsa mixer, but for xbmc I couldn't find a way.

So that made me think if I really wanted the split volumes thingy, and the answer was no. After looking for hours for how to do it, the answer is pretty trivial. Just edit /etc/pulse/daemon.conf and change the flat-volumes option to yes.

You are welcome.