[alsa-devel] alsactl adds volume controls?
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Mon Aug 30 11:30:19 CEST 2010
2010/8/30 Takashi Iwai <tiwai at suse.de>
> At Sat, 28 Aug 2010 06:58:20 +0800,
> Raymond Yau wrote:
> > 2010/8/28 David Henningsson <david.henningsson at canonical.com>
> > > 2010-08-27 17:43, Clemens Ladisch skrev:
> > > > David Henningsson wrote:
> > > >> So I've discovered that my sound card has a "PCM Playback Volume"
> > > >> control, but changing that control does not alter the volume.
> > > >>
> > > >> Interestingly enough, this control does not come from the HDA
> parser, it
> > > >> is added by alsactl at boot time...!
> > > >
> > > > This control was created by the software volume plugin. When not
> > > > this plugin, the control does not have any effect.
> > > >
> > > > To get rid of it, delete its entry from /etc/asound.state.
> > >
> > > Hmm, I wonder if this is an Ubuntu-specific bug then? Because when I
> > > Maverick (the upcoming Ubuntu release) from a Live-CD, the "PCM
> > > Volume" control is still there (and there is no asound.state, neither
> > > /etc or in /var/lib/alsa).
> > > When I use the plughw interface, the "PCM Playback Volume" does not
> > > affect volume output. Should I use another device string to test the
> > > softvol plugin, to see if it's there or not?
> > >
> > The softvol plugin it is defined in "front" device in
> > /usr/share/alsa/cards/HDA-Intel.conf
> > reason is some HDA codec does not has any hardware volume control
> > this user-defined control only effective when the application use "front"
> > device
> Hm, but if PA opens the device with SND_PCM_NO_SOFTVOL flag, the
> softvol should be skipped.
AFAIK, PA did not use SND_PCM_NO_SOFTVOL and in "analog stereo duplex"
profile , PA open "front" device for playback and capture which access the
same "PCM Playback volume" control concurrently
You can see the output of snd_pcm_dump() in the pulseraudio log still
contain soffvol which is an indiication that PA did not use
the softvol control can only be distinguished using
snd_ctl_elem_info_is_user() and there is no snd_mixer_* function to find
out the softvol control since PA server use simple mixer api
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