Audio balance issue


Loving the OS, with one big hitch so far that I can't seem to fix. My audio for some reason, seems to split the balance between left and right channels all by itself when I adjust the volume up or down. There doesn't seem to be a 'lock' function so that they don't unbalance. Anyone else ever run into this issue with KDE, or know how to fix it? Thank you.

Kernel: 5.17.1-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.2.0
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
root=UUID=23fd0220-af2d-4416-beb7-d72c3240b4d7 rw [email protected]
quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0 loglevel=3
Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.24.4 tk: Qt v: 5.15.3 info: latte-dock
wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Type: Desktop System: ASUS product: N/A v: N/A serial:
Mobo: ASUSTeK model: TUF GAMING Z590-PLUS v: Rev 1.xx
serial: UEFI: American Megatrends v: 1203
date: 10/28/2021
ID-1: hidpp_battery_0 charge: 91% condition: N/A volts: 4.1 min: N/A
model: Logitech G903 Wired/Wireless Gaming Mouse type: N/A serial:
status: discharging
Device-1: ps-controller-battery-7c:66:ef:24:47:6d model: N/A serial: N/A
charge: N/A status: discharging
Info: model: Intel Core i9-10900K bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Comet Lake
family: 6 model-id: 0xA5 (165) stepping: 5 microcode: 0xEE
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 10 tpc: 2 threads: 20 smt: enabled cache:
L1: 640 KiB desc: d-10x32 KiB; i-10x32 KiB L2: 2.5 MiB desc: 10x256 KiB
L3: 20 MiB desc: 1x20 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 4900 high: 4901 min/max: 800/5300 scaling:
driver: intel_pstate governor: performance cores: 1: 4900 2: 4900 3: 4900
4: 4900 5: 4900 6: 4900 7: 4900 8: 4900 9: 4900 10: 4900 11: 4900
12: 4901 13: 4900 14: 4900 15: 4900 16: 4900 17: 4901 18: 4900 19: 4900
20: 4900 bogomips: 147994
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
Type: l1tf status: Not affected
Type: mds status: Not affected
Type: meltdown status: Not affected
Type: spec_store_bypass
mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl
Type: spectre_v1
mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
Type: spectre_v2
mitigation: Enhanced IBRS, IBPB: conditional, RSB filling
Type: srbds status: Not affected
Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Device-1: AMD Vega 10 XL/XT [Radeon RX 56/64] driver: amdgpu v: kernel
pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16 ports: active: DP-3
empty: DP-1,DP-2,HDMI-A-1 bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 1002:687f
class-ID: 0300
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.3 with: Xwayland v: 22.1.1
compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: amdgpu unloaded: modesetting
alternate: fbdev,vesa gpu: amdgpu display-ID: :0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 2560x1440 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 677x381mm (26.65x15.00")
s-diag: 777mm (30.58")
Monitor-1: DP-3 mapped: DisplayPort-2 model: AOC AG271QG4
serial: built: 2018 res: 2560x1440 dpi: 109 gamma: 1.2
size: 597x336mm (23.5x13.23") diag: 685mm (27") ratio: 16:9 modes:
max: 2560x1440 min: 720x400
renderer: AMD Radeon RX Vega (vega10 LLVM 13.0.1 DRM 3.44 5.17.1-zen1-1-zen)
v: 4.6 Mesa 22.0.1 direct render: Yes
Device-1: Intel vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:f0c8 class-ID: 0403
Device-2: AMD Vega 10 HDMI Audio [Radeon 56/64] driver: snd_hda_intel
v: kernel pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 03:00.1
chip-ID: 1002:aaf8 class-ID: 0403
Device-3: Creative Sound Blaster X3 type: USB
driver: cdc_acm,hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus-ID: 1-4:2
chip-ID: 041e:3264 class-ID: 0102 serial:
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.17.1-zen1-1-zen running: yes
Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.50 running: yes
Device-1: Mellanox MT26448 [ConnectX EN 10GigE PCIe 2.0 5GT/s]
driver: mlx4_core v: 4.0-0 pcie: gen: 2 speed: 5 GT/s lanes: 4 link-max:
lanes: 8 port: N/A bus-ID: 05:00.0 chip-ID: 15b3:6750 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp5s0 state: up speed: 10000 Mbps duplex: full mac:
Device-2: Intel Ethernet I225-V vendor: ASUSTeK driver: igc v: kernel
pcie: gen: 2 speed: 5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: N/A bus-ID: 07:00.0
chip-ID: 8086:15f3 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp7s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac:
IF-ID-1: anbox0 state: down mac:
Device-1: TP-Link UB500 Adapter type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8
bus-ID: 1-11:6 chip-ID: 2357:0604 class-ID: e001 serial:
Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: up address:
Local Storage: total: 2.26 TiB used: 992.21 GiB (43.0%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Corsair model: Force MP510
size: 447.13 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B
speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: rev: ECFM22.6
temp: 34.9 C scheme: GPT
ID-2: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Seagate model: ST2000DM008-2FR102
size: 1.82 TiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s
type: HDD rpm: 7200 serial: rev: 0001 scheme: GPT
ID-1: / raw-size: 446.83 GiB size: 446.83 GiB (100.00%)
used: 359.69 GiB (80.5%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 300 MiB size: 299.4 MiB (99.80%)
used: 576 KiB (0.2%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
ID-3: /home raw-size: 446.83 GiB size: 446.83 GiB (100.00%)
used: 359.69 GiB (80.5%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 446.83 GiB size: 446.83 GiB (100.00%)
used: 359.69 GiB (80.5%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 446.83 GiB size: 446.83 GiB (100.00%)
used: 359.69 GiB (80.5%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 31.2 GiB used: 3.07 GiB (9.8%)
priority: 100 dev: /dev/zram0
System Temperatures: cpu: 51.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: amdgpu temp: 39.0 C
mem: 40.0 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: amdgpu fan: 775
Processes: 523 Uptime: 2h 18m wakeups: 6 Memory: 31.2 GiB
used: 28.58 GiB (91.6%) Init: systemd v: 250 tool: systemctl Compilers:
gcc: 11.2.0 clang: 13.0.1 Packages: 1981 pacman: 1969 lib: 562 flatpak: 12
Shell: fish v: 3.4.1 default: Bash v: 5.1.16 running-in: konsole
inxi: 3.3.15
Garuda (2.6.1-1):
System install date: 2022-02-15
Last full system update: 2022-04-13 ↻
Is partially upgraded: No
Relevant software: NetworkManager
Windows dual boot: No/Undetected
Snapshots: Timeshift (maybe)
Failed units: systemd-networkd-wait-online.service

First off, hi! Welcome in! :wave:

Please look at this guide before posting. That inxi needs to be in a code block so we can actually read it. Garuda Assistant has a "Copy for Forum" button that will do this for you.

Is there anything you've already looked for or tried? Searching around, especially as detailed on the Garuda Wiki is a good place to start.

At least fix the formatting, then:

Click Me Since it's an audio issue and your first post and I'm too nice:
  • Try changing the default sound server in Garuda Assistant - disable PipeWire, and enable PulseAudio, then reboot and see if anything changes.
  • Try using a different kernel. Garuda Settings Manager has an option for this, use linux-lts first.
  • Not strictly a "fix" but seeing if pavucontrol allows you to lock the channels or shows you any other information about your sound output could be worth looking into.
  • Sometimes audio issues are weird and very specific. Research of your own is going to be necessary. The issue could be specific to your hardware-software situation.

Generally speaking and in the future, just posting your issue and inxi (especially unformatted) with no other indication of attempts to learn about // fix the problem will get you significantly less useful comments. No hate, just a heads up - small communities can't respond to requests like this most of the time, and most (if not all) Arch-related communities do expect a little initiative. If you do some digging, try some troubleshooting, and come up empty, most people here are going to be happy to help.

Final note:

Beware the XY Problem.


Where have you searched for it?
There is one in Sound Settings, which you can open even from panel's volume icon menu.

Everything is fine on my system.

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