In case u didn't know alsa has system wide equalizer too. its in libasound2-plugin-equalInkKnife wrote:The PulseAudio system wide equalizer is very important to me. I have damaged hearing at certain frequencies and being able to EQ the sound system wide really, REALLY makes things nicer for me.
The thing about choice is that while GNU/Linux does offer a great deal of choice, not every distro is going to offer all those choices.
If Mint does not suit your audio needs I bet there are several other very nice distros that will. That is the choice you are looking for.
you can find how to configure it on google
it pretty old and still working much much better than the lame pulseaudio.
after you configure it you can use it with alsamixer -D plug:[your plug name]
anyway i manage to configure it to upscale sound to 7.1 plus eq 10 frequency bands
if compare alsa to pulseaudio crashes i will say alsa crash way less than pulseaudio
i really wonder why pulse its so must have....after all pulse is more like a server that manage alsa.....it sounds stupid right there. of course probably is useful if u have multiple outputs or inputs....but for standard computer for gameing/movies/web u have 2 channels (most of the times) and 1 sound card (most of the time onboard).....alsa is more than enough to handle this.
i hated pulse since the first time i notice it. it crashed so often that make my linux experience a pain.
and in the last years it even became a standard for linux.
but it seems that KDE works so nice without pulse
u can remove pulse in kde without loosing anything.
the problem is that i love cinnamon
and now for Daveroski
i just manage to remove pulse (TEST WAS DONE IN VIRTUALBOX)
sudo apt-get remove pulse*
sudo apt-get purge pulse*
sudo apt-get install -d cinnamon <----this downloads the file without installing
i copied/move the files from /var/cache/apt/archives/ to ~/Downloads (3-4 files)
and then in ~/Downloads
sudo dpkg -i --ignore-depends="libcanberra-pulse" cinnamon-control-center_2.6.0+rafaela_amd64.deb <--install regardelss of dependencies and it seems to be the 1st u have to install
sudo dpkg -i cinnamon_2.6.13+rafaela_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i cinnamon-common_2.6.13+rafaela_all.deb
this will broke your upgrades/whatever
to fix it just
sudo apt-get -f install (this will resintall pulse)
do the upgrade
and back to the previous steps
i have no other idea if it works outside of virtualbox....i'll have to test it when i have more time
maybe some1 has a better solution that will not require to fix dependencies every time we have to install something