Re: PulseAudio & KDE in 11.4: What are the consequences?
Kmix's new interface adjusts for use of pulse audio. Whenever you're using a new application that can have its volume controlled (amarok, vlc, a flash video in the browser) it will show up in the playback streams tab in kmix. Thus you can control the volume of each application individually. You can then use kmix's audio setup option to get to phonon to change what devices to use for what situations, so really it's all the same as before, it just has a different interface.
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