ALSA drivers can use the muting facilities that most soundcards have. If you loaded the sound drivers and everything is fine but you get nothing but silence, then you probably forgot to unmute your card. You need amixer or alsamixer for this, both from the ALSA-util package.
amixer pcm 100 unmute
amixer set -c 1 Master 70 unmute
amixer set -c 1 PCM 70 unmute
amixer set -c 1 CD 70 unmute
should do for most applications. Please note that for the older amixer command you need to leave out the set in the command line.
If you have an audio card (or some people call it sound card) that supports multiple outputs and actually using it for different purposes such as playing games, watching movies & listening to music, you’ll have to go through the hassle of changing the audio output in Windows Vista Control Panel.
Here’s an example. Let’s say you have a headphone and speakers. In order to change the audio output, you’ll have to close the program that is currently outputing the audio and right click on the speaker icon, choose Playback Devices, right-click on the playback device that you want and select Set as Default. Then click OK to close the sound configuration window and relaunch the program and play the audio. That will make it change from one output to the other, but it is troublesome and involves many steps.Read more
AudioConvert is a script to convert wav, ogg, mp3, mpc, flac, ape or wma files into wav, ogg, mp3, mpc, flac or ape files. with an easy to use interface it's actually possible to fill in the tags for a few formats, and choose the quality of compression.
Audio software on the Linux platform is becoming very stable and advanced. Many of the coolest projects have been in development for close to 10 years and there are several installation and setup options for new users to choose from which smooth out the rough edges and ease you through the process of getting started with Linux Audio.
You can run all your VST plugins easily and using the JACK audio server it's possible to connect multiple applications to each other to on a single PC, multiple PC's, and over a network. The ALSA and OSS drivers provide support for hundreds of consumer grade soundcards and most of the top brand multi channel professional devices too.Read more