HDMI Sound on Ubuntu with Shuttle DS61

If you have issues getting the sound to work using Ubuntu via HDMI, perform the following steps in order:

  • Confirm that the volume on your computer is not on mute.
>> list-sinks

It the volume is on mute, you will see an entry that states "mute: on". Otherwise you will see "mute: off".

  • Add your user the the audio, pulse audio, and video groups. Replace "userID" with the ID of the user.
sudo usermod -a -G audio,pulse,pulse-access,video,voice userID

You would think Ubuntu would be smart enough to automatically do this, but apparently not.

  • Install pavucontrol
sudo apt-get install -y pavucontrol
  • Install the ALSA drivers and add the repository to your system.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-audio-dev/alsa-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oem-audio-hda-daily-dkms
  • Reboot your computer
  • Force reload the drivers into ALSA.
sudo alsa force-reload
  • Go to System Settings > Sounds. On the Configuration tab, change the Profile option to HDMI.
  • Play an audio or YouTube clip to confirm that the sound is working.
Updated: 2020-07-15 | Posted: 2015-11-21