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Old 09-03-2012, 08:22 AM   #1
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Kmix issues


I originally posted this in the software forum but have not gotten a response, so I thought I'd post it here as well.
I hope this doesn't violate any rules about posting, but I really need help with this issue.

I'm having an issue with kmix. First let me give my system specs.
Intel Celeron D 2.66gz single core cpu
740mb ram
OpenSUSE 12.1
KDE4 Desktop

Ok, so for some reason, the vocal channel in kmix is very low and when I open settings to raise the level of that particular channel, there are no options to do so.
I have uninstalled and reinstalled kmix and the problem persists.
Is there a fix for this or is there a different audio controller that i can use in it's place.
it's quite annoying not to be able to hear the lyrics to my music or movies.

Thanks in advance for any help I receive on this topic.
 
Old 09-03-2012, 08:23 AM   #2
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Have you tried doing this this through alsamixer?

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Old 09-03-2012, 08:25 AM   #3
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Have you tried doing this this through alsamixer?

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Can you give me a little more detail of how to do that? I am a complete Linux newbie.
 
Old 09-03-2012, 08:26 AM   #4
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Ok .

Open a Terminal and type in

Code:
alsamixer
The interface is very self-explanatory.

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Old 09-03-2012, 08:32 AM   #5
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Ok .

Open a Terminal and type in

Code:
alsamixer
The interface is very self-explanatory.

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Yes I just tried it and to no avail. There are three options in alsa mixer: Master Front, Center and Rear. Master Center has no affect that I can tell, Master Front seems to be the main volume and Rear seems to only increase or decrease static.
I can hear the instruments very well, but the vocal track is very low. This is on Pandora as well as local media on my machine.
 
Old 09-03-2012, 08:38 AM   #6
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That's interesting... Are you running PulseAudio? Do the following:

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pulseaudoio --version
Do you get anything back?

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Old 09-03-2012, 08:43 AM   #7
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That's interesting... Are you running PulseAudio? Do the following:

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pulseaudoio --version
Do you get anything back?

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PulseAudio 1.1
 
Old 09-03-2012, 08:51 AM   #8
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1.1... That sounds old. Then again, I'm on Arch where everything is always new.

What you can try to do is to edit (as root) your /etc/pulse/daemon.conf and put the following at the end:

Code:
default-sample-rate=192000

default-sample-format=s32le
Then run (not as root)

Code:
 pulseaudio --kill && pulseaudio --start
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:52 AM   #9
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This is a snapshot of the kmix menu that opens when i right click on the icon in the system tray.
 
Old 09-03-2012, 08:58 AM   #10
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1.1... That sounds old. Then again, I'm on Arch where everything is always new.

What you can try to do is to edit (as root) your /etc/pulse/daemon.conf and put the following at the end:

Code:
default-sample-rate=192000

default-sample-format=s32le
Then run (not as root)

Code:
 pulseaudio --kill && pulseaudio --start

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Ok so i need to log into the machine as root to do that or can i modify the conf from the terminal as root?
 
Old 09-03-2012, 09:32 AM   #11
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Ya you can modify it as root from Terminal. If you have admin powers, you should be able to use sudo.

Code:
sudo su -
If, however, you did not install sudo (not positive if openSuse comes with sudo enabled by default) then you need to su -

Code:
su -
This will give you root powers. You need to enter your ROOT password, not your user password.

Alex Brinister
 
Old 09-03-2012, 10:10 AM   #12
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Ya you can modify it as root from Terminal. If you have admin powers, you should be able to use sudo.

Code:
sudo su -
If, however, you did not install sudo (not positive if openSuse comes with sudo enabled by default) then you need to su -

Code:
su -
This will give you root powers. You need to enter your ROOT password, not your user password.

Alex Brinister
Ok, so I did as you instructed, made a .bak of the .conf and made the changes then typed the code you instructed in terminal with no effects. Audio is still not right. I hear background vocals and instruments fine, but main vocal tracks are extremely low.
 
Old 09-03-2012, 11:05 AM   #13
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I originally posted this in the software forum but have not gotten a response, so I thought I'd post it here as well. I hope this doesn't violate any rules about posting, but I really need help with this issue.
Actually yes, since double posting is not permitted. By the way, here are a couple of advices about the usage of LQ fora:
1) if you want to move a thread of yours to another forum, just REPORT your own original post (see the REPORT button in the lower-right corner of the post itself) and ask a moderator to move it for you.
2) considering LQ is a world-wide site and due to time differences, the response time is an average of 8-16 hours. If you are lucky you can obtain a first response far earlier, if you're unlucky and no response is given after 24/48/72 hours, take in mind the the thread will be automatically bumped (that is raised to the top of the forum) so that it gains more visibility each time.
 
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That's really odd. This is starting to sound like a problem with the audio files in question than with the sound system. Does this happen on YouTube?

Can you post a (bigger) screenshot of your alsamixer? KMix doesn't really reveal anything...

Also, what does this give you?

Code:
aplay -l
I'm having doubts about your 5.0 Surround Sound setup....

Alex Brinister
 
Old 09-04-2012, 12:34 PM   #15
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Actually yes, since double posting is not permitted. By the way, here are a couple of advices about the usage of LQ fora:
1) if you want to move a thread of yours to another forum, just REPORT your own original post (see the REPORT button in the lower-right corner of the post itself) and ask a moderator to move it for you.
2) considering LQ is a world-wide site and due to time differences, the response time is an average of 8-16 hours. If you are lucky you can obtain a first response far earlier, if you're unlucky and no response is given after 24/48/72 hours, take in mind the the thread will be automatically bumped (that is raised to the top of the forum) so that it gains more visibility each time.
Ok thanks and sorry for that.
 
  


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