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PulseAudio sound server
25 reviews

PulseAudio, previously known as Polypaudio, is a sound server for POSIX and WIN32 systems. It is a drop in replacement for the ESD sound server with much better latency, mixing/re-sampling quality and overall architecture.

These are some of PulseAudio's features:

* High quality software mixing of multiple audio streams with support for
more than one sink/source. May be used to combine multiple sound cards
into one (with sample rate adjustment).
* Wide range of supported client libraries. ESD, ALSA, oss, libao and
GStreamer client applications are supported as-is. Native PulseAudio
plug-ins are also available for xmms and mplayer.
* Good low latency behaviour and very accurate latency measurement for
playback and recording. Ability to fully synchronize multiple playback
* Network transparency, allowing an application to play back or record
audio on a different machine than the one it is running on.
* Extensible plug-in architecture with plug-ins for jackd, multicast-rtp
lirc and avahi, just to name a few.
This package contains the daemon and basic module set.

User reviews:

1 year ago
1 Coming back to Linux after 5 years or so and I can see that PulseAudio is still the number one cause of issues for me. Mumble is eating up CPU like crazy with it, VLC has no audio today, the default player has no audio either.

1 year ago
4 Pulseaudio 8.0 Compiled with lib 6.0 - very nice system for LINUX ... I am very fond of its development. I use combine sink to 2 sound card in the whole OS

2 years ago
1 Bug régulièrement. Depuis que je suis retourné a alsamixer, plus de problème.

4 years ago
1 why???? why????

4 years ago
4 Lots of features (I like features), but audio crashes and/or it delivers white noise instead of mic input at random intervals. But when (and as long) as it works, it does a good job of delivering low latency audio. Doesn't seem like a 100% mature package though. Note: Take care that you install modules that match your version of Mint (MATE contra Cinnamon), or else you could be installing yourself into a cesspool of trouble...

4 years ago
4 essential package

4 years ago
1 i removed pulseAUdio and it fixed all my sound problems

4 years ago
1 It just bugs out way too often, requiring a reinstall. It surprises me something that buggy was allowed in a final version of any OS.

5 years ago
5 It works perfectly: vlc, youtube, even some older games running under wine.

5 years ago
1 This is the reason why multimedia in Linux is not as good as it should be. This thing is still as buggy as hell after several years, and nobody has bothered to fix it.

5 years ago
1 PA speeds my audio up system-wide every few minutes, making me go into the terminal and kill it CONSTANTLY. It's been this way for years on multiple machines, so it's not like it's a new bug. The only reason this thing is in use is because nobody wants to write an alternative.

6 years ago
1 Pulseaudio crashed everytime I paused when watching youtube, regardless of the web browser. I have to replace it with gnome alsa mixer. the worse is that you have to restart your laptop everytime pulseaudio crashed! restarting in linux??? cmon...

6 years ago
5 Its cool if you wanna watch the video without music. :PPP

6 years ago
1 Loathe it or ignore it. You can't like it.

6 years ago
1 Uninstalling this solved the problem with VLC losing sound after pausing.

7 years ago
2 I dont need it.

7 years ago
1 no problems (skype, mumble, ...) since deinstallation

7 years ago
2 bugs & cmpany

7 years ago
1 Veetle is awesome. Anything that breaks veetle needs to die. *stares at pulseaudio*

7 years ago
1 this sound server is just trouble

8 years ago
2 Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

8 years ago
2 breaks skype, not intuative to have so many links in the chain of making and recording sound

8 years ago
1 I had to replace Pulseaudio with gnash to fix Flash video playing too fast. It looked like a constant fast forward with jerky video and audio. I followed these instructions to correct it:

8 years ago
1 By removing pulseaudio I fixed all my sound problems.

8 years ago