alsamixer - soundcard mixer for ALSA soundcard driver, with ncurses
alsamixer is an ncurses mixer program for use with the ALSA soundcard
drivers. It supports multiple soundcards with multiple devices.
Help: show available flags.
-c <card number or idenfication>
Select the soundcard to use, if you have more than one. Cards
are numbered from 0 (the default).
-D <device identification>
Select the mixer device to control.
-g <toggle color settings>
Toggle the using of colors.
-s <minimize mixer window>
Minimize the mixer window.
alsamixer recognizes the following keyboard commands to control the
The Left and right arrow keys are used to select the channel (or
device, depending on your preferred terminology). You can also use n
("next") and p ("previous").
The Up and Down Arrows control the volume for the currently selected
device. You can also use + or - for the same purpose. Both the left and
right signals are affected. For independent left and right control, see
The B or = key adjusts the balance of volumes on left and right chan-
using Insert (or ;) and Delete (or ') respectively.
L re-draws the screen.
Quick Volume Changes
PageUp increases volume by 5.
PageDown decreases volume by 5.
End sets volume to 0.
You can also control left & right levels for the current channel inde-
pendently, as follows:
[Q | W | E ] -- turn UP [ left | both | right ]
[Z | X | C ] -- turn DOWN [ left | both | right ]
If the currently selected mixer channel is not a stereo channel, then
all UP keys will work like W, and all DOWN keys will work like X.
Quit the program with ALT Q, or by hitting ESC. Please note that you
might need to hit ESC twice on some terminals since it's regarded as a
amixer(1), aplay(1), arecord(1)
Some terminal emulators (e.g. nxterm) may not work quite right with
ncurses, but that's their own damn fault. Plain old xterm seems to be
alsamixer has been written by Tim Janik <email@example.com> and been fur-
therly improved by Jaroslav Kysela <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
This manual page was provided by Paul Winkler <email@example.com>.
15 May 2001 alsamixer(1)