Audio from many 'normal' apps is not working

  • wendalltan
Posted: Thu, 01/29/2009 - 20:44
Hi all, I think I posted about this a couple days ago but I can't find the post now (???). I'm in the process of migrating to 64 Studio as my only OS. One thing I've noticed is that I get no audio from any of the 'normal' apps like Totem, VLC, Amarok, etc, although I can run a Jack server and my DAW with that no problems. It may be a codec issue, as I CAN get the Amarok 'welcome to amarok' clip to play, but no other tracks play. The welcome file is an ogg file, and most of my other stuff that I'm trying to get audio out of are mp3's and video files. Someone (maybe Quentin) suggesting making sure I had gstreamer good bad and ugly installed, which I had already except the ugly. I installed that and there are no changes, still all these apps have no audio. This problem happens from bootup, so it's not like I'm running a Jack server 1st and then trying to play audio on the same card using non-jack audio streams. I'm totally loving Reaper at 2.9ms latency. In all my years of audio work I've never had anything like it (30ms was about the best I could get on any previous attempts). Hopefully this issue I'm having is an easy fix or just something that I missed. Any help is greatly appreciated!

Amarok works!

  • wendalltan
  • 01/19/09
  • Fri, 01/30/2009 - 15:56
And I wake up this morning and absentmindedly click on Amarok, too sleepy to remember that it doesn't work, and IT DOES WORK! Go figure, I guess I didn't check it out well enough yesterday after messing around. Thanks everyone for your help and patience!

Hi all, thanks for the

  • wendalltan
  • 01/19/09
  • Fri, 01/30/2009 - 02:02
Hi all, thanks for the pointer to the FAQ. I've added a debian multimedia repository. Installing totem-xine fixed totem, yay audio! Wave files (.wav) play back as white noise in amarok, ogg files work fine, mp3's don't play at all. VLC still has no audio, also. I've tried forcing the output module to ALSA and OSS, and made sure it was using hw:1,0. (What does the ,0 bit on the end mean?) It's nice to not have to boot back into Ubuntu to watch a video now! If I can get Amarok going now I'll be happy and can start removing all the other partitions on my drive to make more room for 64 Studio. Thanks again for all your help. Any extra pointers for Amarok would be very helpful.

Read the FAQ

  • Pablo
  • 07/11/07
  • Thu, 01/29/2009 - 22:17
Hi Wendalltan, Read the FAQ about the mp3 issue. It affects amarok for sure. For the video codecs, I suggest you add the debian multimedia repository (if you are at 64studio 2.1) or the medibuntu repository (if you are at 3.0). In 64studio 2.0, I had an issue with totem-gstreamer. I didn't know how to resolve it. I ended up installing totem-xine, wich worked. However, I think VLC is far better. Anyway, you'll need the codecs to play some videos. Regards, Pablo.


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Thu, 01/29/2009 - 21:34
What is your default interface - that is the audio interface that shows up as hw:0 in your qjackctl setup. What version of 64 Studio are you running currently? Cheers, Q