kmix PulseAudio support

Christian Esken esken at
Sat Jan 9 23:39:48 GMT 2010

Am Freitag, 8. Januar 2010 08:50:21 schrieb Mark Kretschmann:
> On Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 1:16 PM, Alexis Ménard <menard at> wrote:
> > +1 KMix is horrible to use and way behind what's KDE 4 provides as a
> > user interface point of view. Unfortunately there is not that much
> > contributors behind right?
> Sad, but true. When I open the "Configure Channels" dialog here with
> my SBLive of yore, I'm getting something like 30 sliders with obscure
> names, the meaning of which can only be guessed:

Yes!!! I totally agree.
> "3D Control - Switch"
> "Line 2 LiveDrive 2"
> "Headphone LFE 2"

This is exactly the reason why I decided for KDE4 to filter the initial view.
> This is not really KMix's fault (the information comes from the
> driver, I guess), but we should probably try to filter this a bit,
> because this is just confusing. Noone can make sense of such names.

Still, they are actually required for the one or other scenrio. No PA or any 
other solution will be able to hide this.

If you don't believe me, please look at the Windows mixers. Their number of 
option matches the number of ALSA options (they are just  packaged in a nicer 
manufacturer proprietary GUI). Sometimes  the number of options are actually 
much higher in Windows - see e.g. the  Creative X-Fi cards.

So filltering it out is - umh - very complicated. You can rather do a white-
list than a black-list. KMix implements that with the GUI-Level (e.g. the 
filter tries to only show "simple" controls). This could be extended to the 
channel selector.


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