Increase Volume over 100% with Shortcuts

Hi Folks,

I am running Kubuntu 20.04, but had this issue also with Manjaro and all other Distro’s or DE’s I used:

I often have to increase the volume of my bluetooth earbuds over 100%, lets say 130%. This is NOT possible with any defineable keyboard shortcut. Neither with the explicit Volume keys on my keyboard, nor with a user defined one in lets say KDE’s settings.
The increasing stops at 100% Volume.

I can use for example the pulseaudio GUI:

With this I CAN “overtune” it. But not with any shortcut or 3rd party shortcut tool that I know of.

Do you have any idea how to do this with shortcuts?

Kind regards for your help.

I just found this line what worked for me:

pactl set-sink-volume @DEFAULT_SINK@ +10%

But. I could not use it directly with some shortcuts, as this seems to be a cli-command. So I created a bashscript with just this line in it. And pointed my user defined shortcut to this bash-script.
No it works and I can in- and decrease Volume… even over 100% with keyboard. :slight_smile:

Hope this helps someone else…


Which distro are you on?

If you’d like to define the shortcut command inline without a separate file this’d work on XFCE:

/bin/sh -c "pactl set-sink-volume @DEFAULT_SINK@ +10%"

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