Veromix - volume control / soundmenu

Plasma 4 Extensions

Source (link to git-repo or to original if based on someone elses unmodified work): Add the source-code for this project on opencode.net

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Description:

Veromix is a mixer for the Pulseaudio sound server.

Features:
- Media player controls (aka nowplaying)
- per application voluem control (replay & record)
- global hotkeys
- can life in system tray
- switch sound card profiles (for ex. from regular to HDMI)
- control LADSPA effects (equalizer and other effects)
- keyboard navigation (use Tab- and Arrow-keys)

Quickstart:
- middle click on panel icon mutes the default output
- mouse wheel over panel icon increases/decreases volume
- drag and drop playback streams between different output devices
- right click context menu:
-- kill playback streams
-- set default output device
-- set per channel volume
-- switch sound card profiles
- assign hotkeys
- click the add icon (bottom-right) to add a new effect
(drag and drop playback stream to the effect sink)


More Info:
- Howto: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/02/how-to-increase-volume-over-100-in-kde/
- YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fph8xqsJd_g
- Review: http://padoca.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/kmix-veromix-qml-and-other-stories/
- Review: http://techlaze.com/2011/08/best-plasma-widgets-kde/

FAQ:
- Disable KMix: Set "AutoStart=false" in "[Global]" section of .kde/share/config/kmixrc

Requirements:
- plasma-scriptengine-python
- python-xdg
- python-qt4-dbus
- pulseaudio
- swh-plugins / ladspa-swh-plugins (for equalizer and other effects)
- ladspa-sdk / ladspa (dynamically detect installed ladspa plugins)

Changelog: http://code.google.com/p/veromix-plasmoid/source/browse/Changelog

Packages:
- Debian: http://packages.debian.org/plasma-widget-veromix
- Arch: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=60883
- openSUSE: https://build.opensuse.org/package/show?package=plasmoid-veromix&project=KDE%3AExtra


Please report bugs/wishes here: http://code.google.com/p/veromix-plasmoid/issues/list
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nik3nt3

10 years ago

What version of KDE do you use, maybe this helps http://code.google.com/p/veromix-plasmoid/wiki/VeromixComponents#KDE_4.4_compatibility

If not, do you get any debug-output in ~/.xsession-errors

/nik

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jumper47

10 years ago

After reboot all working correctly. Thank you for quick answer !

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pugacioff

10 years ago

Thanks for sharing!!

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Gabripe

10 years ago

Please, add option for change canal master the audio

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gbrielpe

10 years ago

http://kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=138513

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Mitu

10 years ago

Well, I like Veromix very much, it's wonderful :)

Integration with now playing is cool, but why is there so much free space? I think it should be used.

I've made a quick mockup (please forgive me its awful quailty, Pinta is unusable so far :/). It presents the layout Veromix should have in my opinion.
- Controls under the program's name and icon, not above it. What is not included in the mockup, but I also suggest, is presenting stream name, volume slider and controls in one panel, without any separation. It will look much clearer then.
- Control buttons (play/pause, next, previous) shouldn't be so "light". On certain album arts play/pause button may be completely invisible. I think buttons should be bigger and have a border.
- Why don't move album art to the left side and present artist, album and title also?

Mockup: http://wstaw.org/m/2011/01/09/mockup.png

If you followed my suggestions, Veromix would really rock :D

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nik3nt3

10 years ago

Hi thanks for your input.


@Controls under the program's name and icon, not above it.

-> Yes - you are right: Would be more locical

@presenting stream name, volume slider and controls in one panel, without any separation. It will look much clearer then.

-> Agree - There are some technical reasons why this is difficult (you can have a now playing control but not Stream)

@Control buttons (play/pause, next, previous) shouldn't be so "light". / I think buttons should be bigger and have a border.

-> From my point of view they should be themable, but in KDE/Plasma themes there are no such icons

@On certain album arts play/pause button may be completely invisible.

-> Could you please explain: Why? And what would be the criteria?

@Why don't move album art to the left side and present artist, album and title also?

-> Usually Players report the artist- and trackname via pulseaudio (Amarok/"Phonon based players" are an exception). With your suggestion artist/album/title would then be shown twice - Thats the reason why I decided to not show the artist/album/title info on the nowplaying pane. In consequence albumart centered was the best solution to that...


/nik

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Mitu

10 years ago

@ Agree - There are some technical reasons why this is difficult (you can have a now playing control but not Stream)
-> Just remove the margin/separator/whatever, and it should look as it was one panel I think.

@ From my point of view they should be themable, but in KDE/Plasma themes there are no such icons
-> In my opinion you could just take the graphics from the current iconset (not from plasma theme, but from the system iconset). Or create some black and white graphics, which will match most of themes. If I were you, I would use buttons from Oxygen iconset. They're quite neutral, but visible on every background. But of course it's your decision.

@ Could you please explain: Why? And what would be the criteria?
-> Well, that's why: http://wstaw.org/m/2011/01/09/screen1.png . Mabye they're not *completely* invisible, but for sure it could be better. Just 1px border around them would do the job perfectly.

@ Usually Players report the artist- and trackname via pulseaudio (Amarok/"Phonon based players" are an exception). With your suggestion artist/album/title would then be shown twice - Thats the reason why I decided to not show the artist/album/title info on the nowplaying pane. In consequence albumart centered was the best solution to that...
-> Hmm. But you probably are able to read them to the variable? Then just split check it and remove repetitions. It seems to be workaroundable. If not, it's not a critical feature. But it's worth trying :)

Nevertheless, Veromix is a piece of great job. Thanks for developing it anyway! :)

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megabigbug

10 years ago

Thanks, it looks better now.

Here some suggestions to improve visual quality:
- find a way to make the slider not over the text.
- replace the expand icon with something and more explicit: a "triangle" like the notification widget, or a "plus" like the transfer job widget.

here a mockup:
http://img573.imageshack.us/my.php?image=veromix.png

Another idea (I don't know if it is possible):
represent the current volume with a rectangle behind the item.

here a mockup:
http://img573.imageshack.us/my.php?image=veromix2.png

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nik3nt3

10 years ago

> - find a way to make the slider not over the text.

Will try..

>- replace the expand icon with something and more explicit:

Agree (but I'd like to keep the meter)

> represent the current volume with a rectangle behind the item.

@mockup: I first thought: Oops something went wrong..

Why do you think this is necessary (the current volume is already represented by the slider)?

/nik

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megabigbug

10 years ago

>Agree (but I'd like to keep the meter)

The meter is not very beautiful.

>Why do you think this is necessary (the current volume is already represented by the slider)?

When I say "current volume" I mean the quantity of sound currently produced by the speaker.

Pavucontrol and MS Windows mixer have this feature.

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xam

10 years ago

As the you use python 2 in the VeromixServiceMain

you should write
#!/usr/bin/env python2

in stead of
#!/usr/bin/env python

python isn't python2 on all systems...

And could there be an option in a future release to disable the Source/Sink Peak detect? It uses cpu time on my laptop and I don't really need it.

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nik3nt3

10 years ago

Unfortunately

#!/usr/bin/env python2

doesn't work on my system (ubuntu 10.10)

#!/usr/bin/env python2.6

would work but may break other systems. Any idea?


Quote:
And could there be an option in a future release to disable the Source/Sink Peak detect?

Good point: I put it on my list: http://code.google.com/p/veromix-plasmoid/issues/detail?id=32&can=1

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groo

10 years ago

Kudos to you, 0.9 is shaping up to be a great release, loved the new additions.

still some glitches with the new player interface, sometimes the cover shows when paused but goes back to amarok logo when playing (amarok git) and some musics have wrong times, but overall this is a impressive release.

tabs are crashing the app, so i couldnt test that, but this is normal with new code. already a winner, looking forward for more stuff :D

keep up the good work, amazing so far :)

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bigbrovar

10 years ago

I can not get it to run. I get the following error "Script initialization failed" here are some debug output /tmp$ plasmoidviewer veromix-plasmoid
QInotifyFileSystemWatcherEngine::addPaths: inotify_add_watch failed: No such file or directory
QFileSystemWatcher: failed to add paths: /home/bigbrovar/.config/ibus/bus
Bus::open: Can not get ibus-daemon's address.
IBusInputContext::createInputContext: no connection to ibus-daemon
plasmoidviewer(2308)/kdecore (services) KServiceFactory::findServiceByDesktopPath: "" not found
plasmoidviewer(2308)/libplasma Plasma::FrameSvg::resizeFrame: Invalid size QSizeF(0, 0)
plasmoidviewer(2308)/libplasma Plasma::FrameSvg::resizeFrame: Invalid size QSizeF(0, 0)
veromix icon installed
Outputting dbus-servie file
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/share/kde4/apps/plasma_scriptengine_python/pyappletscript.py", line 75, in init
self.pyapplet.init()
File "/home/bigbrovar/.kde/share/apps/plasma/plasmoids/veromix-plasmoid/contents/code/main.py", line 83, in init
self.widget.init()
File "/home/bigbrovar/.kde/share/apps/plasma/plasmoids/veromix-plasmoid/contents/code/VeroMix.py", line 83, in init
self.start_pa()
File "/home/bigbrovar/.kde/share/apps/plasma/plasmoids/veromix-plasmoid/contents/code/VeroMix.py", line 90, in start_pa
self.showMessage(KIcon("script-error"), "There is a problem with the backgroud-service. \
NameError: global name 'KIcon' is not defined

what could I be doing wrong? am on kubuntu 10.10 with kde 4.5.3. this issue started after I upgraded to the latest package.

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bigbrovar

10 years ago

All I did was restart and it seems all is working fine now :)

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nik3nt3

10 years ago

thanks for the stacktrace: I found and fixed this bug

/nik

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orion2000za

10 years ago

I can not figure out how to set the monochrome icons? am on KDE 4.5.3 in Kubuntu 10.10

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nik3nt3

10 years ago

As far as I know you cannot change the icons easily. They depend on your Plasma-Deskop-Theme.

If your plasma-theme does not provide it's own icons, you can edit/replace the file /usr/share/kde4/apps/desktoptheme/default/icons/audio.svgz (kubuntu 10.10) [edit them with inkscape] ...


hope it helps /nik

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dgvirtual

10 years ago

Is this plasmoid localizeable? If so – how do I do that?

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nik3nt3

10 years ago

Not yet. I will give you an update once the code is ready..

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MelonBlue

10 years ago

closing in on being perfect! :)
now all I wish for is the plasmoid respecting my volume up/down/mute keys from my laptop like kmix..then there's nothing I could still wish for..

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nik3nt3

10 years ago

Quote:respecting my volume up/down/mute keys from my laptop like kmix..

Do you mean hotkeys assotiated to the plasmoid (so that kmix doesn't need to run)?

/nik

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MelonBlue

10 years ago

yes that's what I meant; it would be great to be able to get rid of kmix..

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nik3nt3

10 years ago

Done

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