Sound Preferences no longer routes input audio to output device

Bug #486164 reported by Mike Power on 2009-11-21
This bug affects 9 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
GNOME media utilities
gnome-media (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-media

I have my Ps3 plugging into the audio input of my sound card. That way I can have audio from both the PC and the PS3 go to the one set of speakers I own. This also allows me to get by without the unnecessary sound switch. With the upgrade to Ubuntu 9.10 this functionality disappeared. I have searched the sound preferences interface but I have not found a way to turn it on.

I confirm, this is definitely a regression of the new sound preferences app as compared to what the volume control solution offered. While most desktop users will not need the power of the old mixer solution, the optional input->output routing is clearly a normal desktop audio need. So in my opinion this function should be added to the gnome-volume-control in future releases.

As a workaround you can run the pre-installed app "alsamixer" in a terminal. In the playback page navigate (with [left] and [right]) to the channel that corresponds to the input you want to monitor. This could be "Internal" or "Mic" or "Line-In", ..., depending on your audio device. If the channel is muted (it says "MM" under the fader), unmute it by pressing [m] on the keyboard. You can also adjust the monitor volume by pressing [up] and [down].

Regards, Alex

tags: added: regression-potential
Changed in gnome-media (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for sending the bug to GNOME

Changed in gnome-media (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs)
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Confirmed → Triaged
tags: added: regression-release
removed: regression-potential

For me, the fix doesn't work. After starting alsamixer and choosing my external sound card (SB X-Fi Surround 5.1) it says "This sound device does not having any controls.". So pulseAudio seems to be the only way to control my sound card. But this isn't a problem of the new sound controls since karmic: I started my old jaunty installation and there are no controls (except the master) at the graphical mixer too.

Please add anything that works with/like the new mixer!

Changed in gnome-media:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist
status: Unknown → New
Changed in gnome-media:
status: New → Invalid
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