Bug 496706 - rhythmbox + crossfade plugin causes volume jumps when hitting play
rhythmbox + crossfade plugin causes volume jumps when hitting play
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: rhythmbox (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Bastien Nocera
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2009-04-20 15:19 EDT by Will Woods
Modified: 2010-01-13 00:45 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-04-23 09:09:47 EDT
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Description Will Woods 2009-04-20 15:19:13 EDT

Here's the scenario:
0. Enable Rhythmbox crossfading backend, set rb volume to 50%, close rhythmbox
1. Desktop quiet, gnome-volume-control-applet shows volume at 55%
2. Start rhythmbox - rb's volume control reads 50%
3. Press play
4. g-v-c-a jumps to 93%. OW THIS IS REALLY LOUD.
5. Quickly adjust g-v-c-a to 50%.
[Time passes]
6. Pause song.
7. Press play. Volume jumps to 93% again (goto 4).

You can also cause the volume jump by clicking on rhythmbox's volume control button. 

Volume does *not* jump unexpectedly when the crossfading backend is disabled.
Comment 1 Will Woods 2009-04-20 15:44:30 EDT
The second case - volume jumps when using the volume control in rhythmbox - still happens if the crossfade backend is disabled. Alas.

Also, please note that the rb volume control has to be *changed* - moved up or down - to trigger the problem.
Comment 2 Bastien Nocera 2009-04-22 08:42:24 EDT
Should be fixed in, could you please test before I try to get this version tagged?
Comment 3 Will Woods 2009-04-22 10:31:42 EDT
Confirmed - this build fixes the volume jumps when hitting play/pause while using the crossfade plugin.

(The volume still jumps around when I use the rb volume control, but I suppose that's a different bug.)
Comment 4 Bastien Nocera 2009-04-23 09:09:47 EDT
Tagging requested.
Comment 5 Jane Dogalt 2010-01-13 00:45:42 EST
I'm not as irate as I used to be.

BUT THIS IS A **!*!&!&! HEALTH HAZARD, and seems to be present in my fedora 11 rhythmbox.


I seriously think I may have permanently damanged my hearing because of this.

Not as much as the GNR+metallica concert I went to back in '93.  But that was a willing choice.  Seriously, there need to be measures taken to prevent ANYTHING like this bug from ever happening again, presumably in alsa/pulse.

This bug needs to be reopened and assigned to F11 NOW.

(I have a track record of making loud comments that turn out to be some problem with my environment.  I consider this a serious enough issue that I don't care about getting egg on my face if I'm wrong)

At least put a comment in the bug explaining how to reset gconf, reinstall whatever, blow away whatever file to undo this.

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