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PulseAudio Equalizer

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Finally got PulseAudio’s equalizer working. It consumes 1-4% of my 2.30GHz i5 CPU (Clementine’s built-in equalizer consumes 4-7%, btw), and sounds really good 🙂

In Gentoo, all you need to do to get this working is to install pulseaudio with equalizer USE-flag enabled (may need to unmask the unstable ebuild) and append this line to /etc/pulse/default.pa or ~/.pulse/default.pa (you can change the sink name to your liking) :

load-module module-equalizer-sink sink_name=equalized

After that, quit all applications that use pulseadio and restart pulseaudio:

pulseaudio --kill && pulseaudio --start

Now you should be able to use the equalized sink name for your multimedia application. For example, in Clementine, go to Tools » Preferences » Playback and change the Output plugin to PulseAudio Sink and fill the Output device field with your equalized sink name (equalized in the above example).

While Clementine’s playing, adjust the equalizer levels by running qpaeq. All done! 😉

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KDE 4.8 Taskbar

I’m not really sure if this feature is part of KDE SC 4.8, but it’s so cool and I feel like I have to write about it here 🙂

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See the screenshot above? KDE’s default taskbar is now more powerful than ever! Right clicking on a taskbar item now gives you the ability to start a new instance of that application, and add a launcher of that application to the taskbar when it’s not running.

I know, it’s pretty similar to what Windows 7 offers, except (IMO) it’s waay cooler. In Windows 7, if you pinned an application to the taskbar, it will only show an icon, without the application name/window title, no matter the state of the application is (running or not). In KDE, well, you guessed it, if the application is not currently running, an icon will be added to the taskbar, and it will disappear when it’s launched.

If you really want Windows 7’s taskbar in KDE, you can install this plugin 🙂

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