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Commands using amixer from sorted by
Terminal - Commands using amixer - 10 results
(amixer get Master | grep off > /dev/null && amixer -q set Master unmute) || amixer -q set Master mute
amixer -c 0 set Master 1dB+
2013-07-25 15:28:45
User: chrisp6825
Functions: amixer set

adjusts the 'Master' channel's volume up by 1dB.

Can use command 'amixer' to see other channels :

Simple mixer control 'Master',0


Simple mixer control 'Capture',0

amixer -c 0 set Master 100%
2013-03-28 16:30:10
User: thewarden
Functions: amixer set

Replace "Master" with desired control name (e.g. Front, Earphone, PCM, etc.).

amixer -c 0 set Master toggle | tail -1 | awk '{print $4}' | sed "s/[^0-9]//g" ; amixer -c 0 set Speaker toggle >/dev/null; amixer -c 0 set Front toggle >/dev/null
amixer -c 0 set Master toggle | sed -n "$ p" | awk '{print $4}' | sed "s/[^0-9]//g"
check(){ power=$(acpi -a) ; if [[ $power == *on-line* ]] ; then echo "supply is on"; else echo "somebody is steeling your laptop"; amixer -c0 set Master 100+ unmute ; mpg123 nuclear-alarm.mp3 ; fi } ;while true; do check ; sleep 2 ; done
2011-12-10 13:42:52
User: hoodie

Checks whether your power supply is still plugged in.

If not it will trigger an alarm at maximum volume.

sleep 3600; amixer set Master mute
2011-02-06 03:14:33
User: kenbarbour
Functions: amixer set sleep

Mutes the speakers after an hour, in case you fall asleep watching a video...

amixer sset Master toggle
on="off"; off="on"; now=$(amixer get Master | tr -d '[]' | grep "Playback.*%" |head -n1 |awk '{print $7}'); amixer sset Master ${!now}
amixer -c 0 set PCM 2dB+
2009-02-22 22:06:46
User: Fate
Functions: amixer set
Tags: audio

this will increase the volume by 2 decibels on the pcm channel. the argument to -c is for which sound card to use, the arg after set is the channel (PCM, Master, etc.) and what to set by.

related commands:

amixer -c 0 set PCM 2dB-

decrease volume by 2 decibels

amixer -c 0 set PCM toggle

toggle mute/unmute

this is for alsa systems

for mac os (and maybe other UNIX systems) osascript -e 'set Volume *' where * is any number (can have decimal points) between 0 and 10