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PulseAudio Alternatives

PulseAudio is described as 'sound system for POSIX OSes, meaning that it is a proxy for your sound applications. It allows you to do advanced operations on your sound data as it passes between your application and your hardware' and is a Audio Router in the system & hardware category. There are four alternatives to PulseAudio for Linux, Linux Mobile, Windows, iPad and iPhone. The best alternative is VB-Audio VoiceMeeter, which is free. Other great apps like PulseAudio are PipeWire, Advanced Linux Sound Architecture and AudioBus.

PulseAudio alternatives are mainly Audio Routers but may also be Audio Recorders. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of PulseAudio.
This page was last updated Jun 29, 2022
  • FreeOpen Source
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • BSD
  • Mac
  • Solaris

PulseAudio is a sound system for POSIX OSes, meaning that it is a proxy for your sound applications. It allows you to do...

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  1. Voicemeeter is Audio Mixer Application endowed with Virtual Audio Device used as Virtual I/O to mix and manage any audio sources from or to any audio devices or applications.

  2. PipeWire

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Linux Mobile

    PipeWire is a project that aims to greatly improve handling of audio and video under Linux. It provides a low-latency, graph based processing engine on top of audio and video devices that can be used to support the use cases currently handled by both PulseAudio and JACK.

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    PipeWire is a seamless drop-in replacement for PulseAudio that also handles JACK applications at the same time.

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  3. Advanced Linux Sound Architecture

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (known by the acronym ALSA) is a free and open source software framework that provides an API for device drivers for sound cards.

  4. AudioBus

    • iPhone
    • iPad

    With Audiobus, the revolutionary new inter-app audio routing system, you can connect your Audiobus-compatible music apps together, just like virtual cables.

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