ALSACTL(1)                                                          ALSACTL(1)


       alsactl - advanced controls for ALSA soundcard driver


       alsactl [options] [store|restore|names] <card # or id>


       alsactl  is  used  to  control advanced settings for the ALSA soundcard
       drivers. It supports multiple soundcards. If  your  card  has  features
       that  you can’t seem to control from a mixer application, you have come
       to the right place.


       store saves the current driver state for the selected soundcard to  the
       configuration file.

       restore loads driver state for the selected soundcard from the configu-
       ration file.

       names generates list of available device names for  applications.   The
       card  number or id is ignored for this command. The list is always gen-
       erated for all available cards.

       If no soundcards are specified, setup for all cards will  be  saved  or


       -h, --help
              Help: show available flags and commands.

       -f, --file
              Select   the   configuration   file   to  use.  The  default  is
              /etc/asound.state or /etc/asound.names (for the names  command).

       -F, --force
              Used  with restore command.  Try to restore the matching control
              elements as much as possible.

       -d, --debug
              Use debug mode: a bit more verbose.

       -v, --version
              Print alsactl version number.


       /etc/asound.state (or whatever file you specify with the  -f  flag)  is
       used  to  store  current  settings  for  your  soundcards. The settings
       include all the usual soundcard mixer settings.  More importantly, als-
       actl  is capable of controlling other card-specific features that mixer
       apps usually don’t know about.

       The configuration file is generated automatically  by  running  alsactl
       store. Editing the configuration file by hand may be necessary for some
       soundcard features (e.g. enabling/disabling automatic mic gain, digital
       output, joystick/game ports, some future MIDI routing options, etc).

       /etc/asound.names  (or  whatever  file you specify with the -f flag) is
       used to store the list of device names available in  your  system.  The
       list  does  not  contain  all  virtual names, because the name space is
       infinite, but it detects present hardware and generates list of  common
       names.  The  user  /  system administrator / another configuration tool
       might modify the file to add virtual names as well.


        amixer(1), alsamixer(1), aplay(1)


       None known.


       alsactl is  by  Jaroslav  Kysela  <>  and  Abramo  Bagnara
       <>.   This   document   is   by   Paul   Winkler

                                  15 May 2001                       ALSACTL(1)

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