Pulseaudio: 6 channels issue solved

Posted: December 25, 2011 in This and That
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I hate Pulseaudio! This piece of crap never worked ever out of the box as it should. Usually I just disable it or remove completely. But in openSUSE 12.1 disabling or removing pulseaudio didn’t work.


The issue: my 5.1 system sounds crappy (and subwoofer doesn’t work) when I use Amarok (or flash audio from the web) and pulseaudio is enabled; but VLC and other videoplayers are able to play nice 5.1 sound. If I disable pulseaudio Amarok sounds great (and subwoofer works), but videoplayers are unable to play 5.1 – only stereo (VLC claims that audio device is busy and no workaround form web were unable to fix it).


So I decided to stick with pulseaudio, and had to make all 6 channels to work for stereo files. I’ve made following changes in /etc/pulse/daemon.conf:

enable-lfe-remixing = yes default-channel-map = front-left,front-right,rear-left,rear-right,front-center,lfe
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