On Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:14:56 +0200, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
>>>>> PulseAudio piles another layer of possible failures on top of a
>>>>> kernel driver, and hides most of the audio mixer for no particularly
>>>>> good reason other than "it might confuse the poor user". It just
>>>>> doesn't make any sense to me.
>>>> Some sound cards expose two dozens or more level adjustments which
>>>> most people don't even understand.
>>> I've never seen a setup where there wasn't a "master" mixer.
>> Which often doesn't help if some other adjustment has been turned off
>> or set to a very low level.
> If that is the case, usually it's fairly easy to spot.
As a former owner of a SoundBlaster Live! card, it was *never* easy to
spot. I recall at least 30 mixer sliders and 15 switches, most of which
did nothing except when they made audio output stop working. God help you
if you ever wanted to hook up surround sound kit!
Just looking at <http://haakoh.at.ifi.uio.no/emu10k1/> brings back deep,
dark memories of fear and loathing. PulseAudio is a godsend.
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