I am running Ubuntu/Debian. How do I update to KXStudio without having to do a reinstall?

KXStudio is available as an installable download but its software repositories can also be added to a current installation of Ubuntu (version 14.04 and above) or Debian (Jessie and above). Once you have the repositories enabled, you will have access to a large amount of up-to-date applications and software, a lot of which isn't available in stock versions of Ubuntu or Debian.

Enabling the repositories

Full and up to date details about how to enable the KXStudio repositories can be found over at the KXStudio website. Afterwards, make sure to run -
sudo apt-get update
Now your system is ready to install some packages.

Installing packages

Once you have the KXStudio repositories installed, you will have a larger selection of software to choose from. You can now do one of two things, install individual packages, or else update your system to KXStudio (recommended).
There are two ways to go about updating your system to KXStudio. The first involves installing all of KXStudio available software packages AND updating your desktop environment to KDE, which is the default used in KXStudio. If you want to do this, go to your software center/package manager and install the following packages -
If you would like to install all software packages from KXstudio but keep your existing desktop environment as default (Unity, XFCE, LXDE) you can install the following packages -
For further reading about KXStudio, you can check out the KXStudio manual.
Any official support for KXStudio should be sought from the KXStudio discussion forum over at Linuxmusicians.com


Hi, I am using Kubuntu 14.04.1, kernel 3.13.0-37-generic x86_64, on a Lenovo Edge E145. I followed all the steps of this tutorial, and ironically ever since my audio doesn't work properly anymore. I get an error notification reading: "The audio playback device HD-Audio Generic (ALC269 Analog) does not work. Falling back to default." And I cannot hear any sounds from the loudspeakers, but headphones work. Audio device: "00:01.1 Audio device [0403]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Device [1002:9840]
Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:510c]
Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel
00:14.2 Audio device [0403]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] FCH Azalia Controller [1022:780d] (rev 02)
Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:510c]
Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel"

What can I do to fix this problem? Any help would be much appreciated.

Have a nice day

Hi, where are you getting the error message? Have you JACK set up correctly?

Thanks for the quick reply. I'll check and let you know but gotta go right now.

I'm back. I'm getting the error message as a standard Kubuntu system notification. I read trough the JACK tutorial, and I also tried to set up JACK using cadence. Unfotunately without success. Are you sure tackling JACK can solve my problem? Right now, I would just like to regain the ability to have audio for rather simple purposes like watching videos, listen to news, etc. In other words, complex audio producing tasks and the like do not matter at the moment. Thanks!

Do you have JACK Bridges enabled? These are set up on a KXStudio install by default but you may have to enable them manually after installing the repos. You will find these in Cadences system tab. Go to ALSA Audio, select ALSA > Loop > JACK from the drop down menu and press start. If this isn't enabled, desktop audio won't get routed through to JACK. I think this may be your problem.

Thanks again for not giving up ;-) The problem seems to lie deeper. I did as you suggested but it doesn't change anything. Cadence ALSA Audio notfies me even that "Using Cadence snd-aloop daemon, stopped"..

I don't want to bother you any longer, and I don't want to misuse the comments section. Is there another place you would suggest where I could find help?


The best place for KXStudio troubleshooting is the KXStudio section at Linuxmusicians.com. Hopefully someone there will be able to help you out.

I'll try there. In any event, thanks for your input.

I know this was quite some time ago, but If you happen to try using KXstudio again, from my experience you have to start the Alsa-loop-bridge from terminal, because it auto stops when starting it in cadence.

open a terminal and type
and hit enter and it should start.


The link named "this package" in the Debian section is broken!

Maybe it'll be better to link to this page instead?

They have a notice there that says:

"Please do not copy these instructions to your own website, wiki, etc.
The package file link might change at anytime, and so the instructions themselves.
Always refer to this exact page for how-to enable the KXStudio repositories please."

Thanks Unfa, i've add a link to that page now.

Can you update the kxstudio sourceforge links to the new website.
It now should be http://kxstudio.linuxaudio.org/

When sourceforge websites are online again I'll setup redirects.
But until then all kxstudio.sourceforge links are dead :(

Hi falk, i've just updated all sourceforge links. Thanks for the heads up.

I'm new to Linux. I recently removed Windows and installed Kubuntu 14.04 in its place. I have two questions:

2) The installation instructions above give two options. I assume I would use the second option since I already have KDE HOWEVER, does the first option also install the low latency kernel? If so, I might go for that.

2) I successfully added the KXStudio repos per the instructions on the KXStudio page this way:
# Download package file
wget https://launchpad.net/~kxstudio-debian/+archive/kxstudio/+files/kxstudio...

# Install it
sudo dpkg -i kxstudio-repos_9.0.0~kxstudio1_all.deb

...now I'm ready to install "kxstudio-default-settings" and "kxstudio-meta-all" but I'm lost here. The instructions say "...go to your software center/package manager and install the following packages -", but I don't see those in Muon Discover anywhere. Are they supposed to be part of the KXStudio repos I already have? If not, what steps do I take next?

Hi there,
If I understand this correctly... if I install the repos, update then run kxstudio-default-settings and kxstudio-meta-all then I get everything in kxstudio whilst keeping my desktop/system as Ubuntu?

Strangely, on my laptop, I found Ubuntu to be flawless yet I had several issues with a full kxstudio install.


Hi and thanks for the stuff and hard effort,
Install repo then Cadence on Debian Jessie amd64, it works OOB with a Firestudio Mobile, no options to check/uncheck
I've set it like this : Alsa>PulseAudio>Jack
Just one thing about my 3.16.0-4 amd64 kernel : there is a warning, why please ?

Nice tutorial. I am doing the upgrade right now from Debian 8.5 Jessi, keeping my XFCE environment which I like, and up until now it all seems to work ok. Thank you. By the way, it would be easy for real beginners if, in the places where you name the packages to install, you would write "apt-get install package-name" or "aptitude install package-name" instead of just "package-name". My five cents.