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Latest revision as of 17:20, 21 August 2015

To stream audio in the space, see music'

Audio Production Equipment


We have a drum kit stored in the top of the recording studio

Bass guitar

Bass guitar ready to rock in the recording studio


Guitar in the recording studio


There is a Blue Icicle USB microphone (Inventory ID 16) in the audio production closet.

FYI Some audio programs such as Audacity require plugging in the microphone before starting the program[1].

Amplifier and speakers

You can play music from the file server while inside the space

The amplifier and speakers were donated by Jehan.

The amp is hooked up to the laptop on the shelf, which is the space server. Its hostname is hairball.local (using zeroconf, which should be default enabled on most gnu/linux and OS X machines, but not on windows).

The space server is running a pulseaudio server which is announced using zeroconfig.

Streaming audio to the space server

In order to stream audio from your computer to space.local, you need to have pulseaudio installed. This is default in Ubuntu. You also need some way of switching between local sound output and network sound output.

Command line method

warning: this hasn't been tested

Open a new terminal and do:

 export PULSE_SERVER=tcp:space.local:4713

Anything you play from applications launched from that terminal should then play through the space audio server.

GUI method

Check if padevchooser is available for your system:

 apt-cache search padevchooser

If it is, then install it:

 sudo aptitude install padevchooser

If not (it's not available on newer Ubuntu systems), then you can use pasystray. You need to add this PPA:

 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:christoph-gysin/pasystray
 sudo aptitude update
 sudo aptitude install pasystray

If you're using Unity (default in Ubuntu) allow systray icons from all applications (since Unity blocks them):

 gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist "['all']"

Now reload unity:

 unity --replace & 

Start padevchooser or pasystray.

A system tray icon should appear in the top right corner. Click it and choose pulse@hairball as the default server, then as default sink, choose the option called something like "pulse@hairball: Buil-in Audio Analog Stereo".

Start some program that plays audio (if the program was already running you may have to restart it after changing sinks).

The audio should play out of the sudo room sound system speakers.