Make Pulseaudio play multiple sound streams in Gnome 2.26

I’ve recently upgraded my Debian as you’ve probably red in my previous posts, anyways. I’ve noticed that after the upgrade I couldn’t play parallel sound streams of let’s say rhythmbox and audacious. So logically I started looking for a fix. First I tried to install the paprefs debian package. That nice gtk interface for configuring pulseaudio includes a menu called Simultaneous Output there I’ve ticked the Add virtual output device for simultaneous output on all local sound cards hoping that this would solve my issues. However that was no go, so I googled around looking for a solution and I came upon The following forum thread discussing howto solve the simultaneous sound issues. I tried some of the solutions proposed there and figured out the fix for me. Here is the solution itself: 1. I’ve created .asoundrc file in my home directory ~/.asoundrc containng:

pcm.pulse {
    type pulse
}

ctl.pulse {
    type pulse
}

pcm.!default {
    type pulse
}

ctl.!default {
    type pulse
}

I needed to restart my gnome session in order to make the changes in .asoundrc noticeable to pulseaudio although probably simply restarting the pulseaudio server would be a solution that won’t require to restart your current gnome session.Cheers! 🙂
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