Tux9656 (3.15.6-ck1) Jan 11 @ 12:09pm
ALSA/PulseAudio/OSSv4/somthing else?
Just a survey/questionnaire about which sound system everyone uses. Please post the name of the sound system you use and why you like as opposed to the others.

I use ALSA because it works the way I expect it to 98% of the time and I always have some kind of trouble with pulseaudio.
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aliceif Jan 11 @ 2:01pm 
Pulseaudio on ALSA.
Jamie F Jan 11 @ 2:52pm 
alsa+pulse with oss emulation enabled in the kernel
Sin Jan 11 @ 3:13pm 
I use Pulseaudio on top of ALSA.
Kranky K. Krackpot Sr. Jan 11 @ 3:48pm 
I have only alsa...
[Linux]sulman Jan 11 @ 7:34pm 
ALSA. Honestly, screw Pulseaudio.
Jamie F Jan 11 @ 7:46pm 
Originally posted by Linuxsulman:
ALSA. Honestly, screw Pulseaudio.

but its such a pita getting rid of it
[Linux]sulman Jan 11 @ 8:42pm 
Originally posted by Jamie:
Originally posted by Linuxsulman:
ALSA. Honestly, screw Pulseaudio.

but its such a pita getting rid of it

The trick is to not pull any deps that need it. I don't really hate it, I just got to a point with ALSA where I knew its foibles pretty well and it does everything I want it to.

Pulse tends to be one of those things people suggest installing when you have problems....
Jamie F Jan 11 @ 9:04pm 
most distros default to it anymore.... I think i found my ubuntu replacement tho going to swap ubuntu for opensuse and then just vm ubuntu and steamos :P yes i know yast and zypper are not as great as apt and appitude eh anyways back on point ya pulse does suck...
Junior s2 Camila Jan 11 @ 9:24pm 
Steam is the only program that "forces" me to use pulse. I have pulse. Everything else works with just ALSA, but I need pulse in order to make my mic work on games like Left 4 Dead 2.
Holico Jan 11 @ 10:19pm 
Pulseaudia has fewer problems.
Abaddon Jan 11 @ 11:45pm 
Pulseaudio so I could adjust individual program volumes and route sound from music player to a game?
|NAC²| D.Cent Jan 12 @ 1:18am 
ALSA only.
Why not Pulseaudio? --> I have to admit that it's very comfortable that you can set the volume for each application separately - the only problem that I have is my 5.1 surround sound setup. If you set an application's volume down, the rear speakers become almost turned off while the front speakers are still at full volume, so in short words the balance between my speakers gets lost (any hints on this are very much appreciated, though).
dentimog Jan 12 @ 2:12pm 
OSSv4 because it's a more logical way of managing audio in Unix systems.
Kranky K. Krackpot Sr. Jan 12 @ 2:25pm 
Originally posted by Linux Junior s2 Camila:
Steam is the only program that "forces" me to use pulse. I have pulse. Everything else works with just ALSA, but I need pulse in order to make my mic work on games like Left 4 Dead 2.
Theoretically, you don't need pulse for mic in Steam, alsa with dsnoop plugin will do.
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=1242905
But personally I've never ventured to test all that myself, because I don't have a mic at all...
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Letalis Sonus Jan 12 @ 2:41pm 
I have had several problems with PulseAudio in the past (and it always caused way too high CPU load), but the main reason I'm using just ALSA is that it provides a ♥♥♥♥load of features if you dare to actually dive into the detailed configuration possibilities - my crappy Logitech speakers sound like a boombox if I don't tame the subwoofer with a lowpass filter (electronically they are totally cheap crap anyway - I can listen to an international Russian radio station with them e.g.).
Plus: I actually NEED an ALSA config to use the mic, my audio chip provides 10 output and 12 input channels internally, and in contrast to the output channels the mic does not use the first 2 channels, which is not coverd by the generic ALSA config used for auto-configuration.

Still, everything that has to do with Steam or Source based games doesn't seem to get the mic working. I have tried every single setting Steam/Source-based games are dumping into the logs, all of them work absolutely great with speaker-test, and every other program has no problems with recording from the mic at all - Valve must have screwed up big times.
However, if I need it at all I'm using Teamspeak anyway - it simply works.
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