Ralf Mardorf <ralf.mardorf-ZCLZIpdjs0kJGwgDXS7ZQA(a)public.gmane.org>
On Wed, 01 Nov 2017 17:10:24 +0100, David Kastrup
don't have pulseaudio installed 1. because it gains me absolutely
nothing and 2. for historical reasons, it did cause endless trouble
when it was installed and upstream was ignorant and scornful.
Nowadays pulseaudio might cause no issues anymore, but then again,
why should I run something that I don't need?
Because all the main desktop applications use it, volume buttons are
routed through it, and it makes reassigning different devices easy.
I'm seemingly not using any of those "main" desktop applications.
Firefox, Kdenlive and most other video editors, VLC media player, ogg123
and so on.
For what purpose do I need volume buttons?
To adjust playback volume?
I'm really interested in the purpose of those
applications and several volume controls and how often it is required
to reassign the audio device. For what desktop workflow is this
Want to use a Bluetooth soundbar? Want to switch between built-in audio
and external audio card? Want to switch between _different_ external
Apart from apps for audio productions I nearly have no
app that make
sound, at best I want some apps to provide a signal using the bell (a
simple PC speaker beep). If I don't make music I'm close to 100% using
the computer without sound. Sometimes I need the bell (beep) and very
seldom I watch video streams with audio, not several at the same time,
one after the other. The tube player thingy usually has got a volume
control, than I could use hdspmixer to adjust the volume of the one
and only audio device for regular usage and right beside me is the
analog mixing console and the amp.
My computer is carried around a lot. Sometimes it is connected to audio
hardware and external sound devices, sometimes not. I don't reboot all
I can reach all the gear without standing up. I guess
more than enough volume controllers in the audio chain. If I would
dislike to put out my arm a few cm to adjust the amps volume control,
I still could build in a new battery into the amp's remote control. My
PC still doesn't play vinyl, I don't have a desktop with a waste bin,
even not one that doesn't make sound. The desktop apps I'm using
don't sound like the bridges of star trek spaceships.
It sounds like you have to invest a lot of thought to work around using
mainstream solutions. I got better things to do with my time rather
than letting some of my tools dictate all of my workflow.