Enjoying karaoke at home on Linux

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Hey everyone. Klebs here and today, I’ll show you real quick how to have your own karaoke experience at home with your mic. The goal is to output sound coming from my mic straight to your speakers. For this, I’ve tested with a Rock Band USB mic on Linux Mint 19.3, Pop!_OS 20.04 and Arch Linux.

The advantage of using a karaoke machine is that you can hear your own voice coming out of the speakers as you sing, something I haven’t been able to do with the Rock Band games. However if someone has managed to do that, please let me know.


To start outputting mic sound directly from the speakers, enter this command line in the terminal:

pactl load-module module-loopback latency_msec=1

To put everything back to normal, enter this command line in the terminal:

pactl unload-module module-loopback


Now that you know how to do this, have fun… but try not to disturb your neighbors too much.


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