PulseAudio sound server
  20 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 streams.

* 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.
Latest reviews
rgarand 2 years ago

MINT 19.3: While not perfect, I've come to configure it so it work flawlessly for medias thru browser, VLC, recording mic, piano wav, piano midi, loopback to sing, etc.

openletter 3 years ago

Unusual to see pulseaudio consuming less than 20% cpu even when there is nothing active on the computer.

Tritonio 5 years ago

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.

zorgan 6 years ago

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

artazis 6 years ago

Bug régulièrement. Depuis que je suis retourné a alsamixer, plus de problème.

sjgoldborough 9 years ago

why???? why????

jcxz100 9 years ago

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...

jahid_0903014 9 years ago

essential package

ericvictor66 9 years ago

i removed pulseAUdio and it fixed all my sound problems

Deuxis 9 years ago

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.

pazuzuthewise 9 years ago

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

saxgeek 10 years ago

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.

jacobgkau 10 years ago

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.

drizad 10 years ago

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...

Linux_Albania 10 years ago

Its cool if you wanna watch the video without music. :PPP

badger 11 years ago

Loathe it or ignore it. You can't like it.

ergine 11 years ago

Uninstalling this solved the problem with VLC losing sound after pausing.

ulysses 11 years ago

I dont need it.

chermsen 12 years ago

no problems (skype, mumble, ...) since deinstallation

mar111 12 years ago

bugs & cmpany