Saturday, August 09, 2008

Sound Card Info

Check what ALSA soundcards are available on a Linux system:
cat /proc/asound/cards

Check what features each ALSA card has:
cat /proc/asound/devices
# note that the left number column corresponds to a soundcard in the above list

List sound cards detected
aplay -l

Set the default sound card:
# Enter this into /etc/asound.conf or .asoundrc

pcm.!default {
type hw
card 1
ctl.!default {
type hw
card 1

Using alsamixer to select which sound card to affect:
alsamixer -c <sound_card_number_from_proc>
Using mplayer with a non-default sound device
mplayer -ao oss:/dev/dsp *.mp3 # device 0
mplayer -ao alsa:device=hw=0.0 *.mp3 # device 0
mplayer -ao oss:/dev/dsp1 *.mp3 # device 1
mplayer -ao alsa:device=how=1.0 *.mp3 # device 1

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