Learning Sound Device Names

Learning Sound Device Names

Like any other devices in Linux, the sound devices have files in the /dev directory with specific names. Table 5-2 lists the standard device filenames that provide sound capability in Linux (you may not have all these devices on your system).

Table 5-2: Standard Sound Device Filenames in Linux

Device Filename



An audio device capable of playing Sun workstation–compatible audio files (typically with a .au extension). The device does not support all capabilities of the Sun workstation audio device but can play Sun audio files.


A Sun workstation–compatible audio device for the second sound card (if any)


A digital signal-processing device that also can play Sun audio files

/dev/midi00 – 03

MIDI ports


A sound-mixer device


A second sound-mixer device


A MIDI sequencer device