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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)

{ 9 comments… add one }

  • hafidha June 19, 2008, 10:46 am

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

  • Benji June 27, 2008, 12:16 pm

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

  • Troy September 15, 2008, 12:28 am

    I used alsamixer.

  • BIOS April 30, 2009, 8:48 am

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

  • krupender October 6, 2009, 3:51 pm

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

  • Rogerborg January 9, 2010, 11:19 am

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

  • Pegi November 17, 2014, 5:11 pm

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

  • jrc May 18, 2015, 8:29 pm

    no such command as ‘aumix’. Too bad, one more thing at which Linucks fails miserably. One cannot easily find a master volume control. One should not have to run all over the web searching for something, anything, that works. Linucks will NEVER replace – or even seriously compete with – the normal, non-brain-dead public use of Windows. Sorry, LOONIX.

    • Wamm K. D. September 13, 2015, 5:33 pm

      I had to do far more searching to solve far more problems when I was on Windows; by contrast, I ran into far less problems and my operating system would “just work” far more often after I switched to Linux.

      Further, – at least for Ubuntu – I easily found the command aumix to install via my package manager in seconds. If you find that Linux isn’t for you, that’s fine but please don’t go around spreading false information just because you’d prefer, for some reason, for Linux to fail. It’s a perfectly viable operating system alternative.

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