Howto: Linux desktop adjust sound or Linux volume control

by on March 1, 2006 · 8 comments· LAST UPDATED December 27, 2006

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Q. How do I adjust Linux volume control?

A. You need to use a program called aumix to adjust sound / volume control. This program adjusts the settings of an audio mixing device. It can be used from the command line, in scripts, or interactively with the keyboard or mouse.

You can launch volume control as follows:
=> Click on Main Menu

=> Select Sound & Video

=> Now select Volume Control

aumix - command line program

Just type following command at shell prompt (open x terminal):
$ aumix

You can use following keys to control aumix sound settings:

  • page up, page down, up and down cursor: Select a new control.
  • Tab, Enter, , comma and period : Toggle between level and balance controls
  • + and - : Adjust the setting of the current device. The + and right cursor keys increase the level by 3%; the - and left cursor keys decrease it by the same amount.
  • S or s : Save settings to the rc file
  • U or u : Undo any muting
  • M or m : Mute or unmute
  • Q or q : End the program (exit to shell prompt)
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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 hafidha June 19, 2008 at 10:46 am

i want to ask, how to control volume, bass, middle, treble, balance, echo, etc. from 2 or more soundcards in debian……???


2 Benji June 27, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Just what I was looking for… thank you very much!


3 Troy September 15, 2008 at 12:28 am

I used alsamixer.


4 BIOS April 30, 2009 at 8:48 am

WOW! nice thing, I’ll never use mouse from now for this :D


5 krupender October 6, 2009 at 3:51 pm

am using Ubuntu. the main volume is always staying at 100% or 0%. how can i control it.


6 Rogerborg January 9, 2010 at 11:19 am

Thanks for the tip about aumix; it works a treat for me in Ubuntu 9.10 / PulseAudio.


7 Pegi November 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Thanks a lot. I searched all over and found the answer here.


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