Howto: Linux desktop adjust sound or Linux volume control

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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)


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

10 comment

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

  2. 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.

    1. 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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