Audirvana Studio on Linux - Unable to Unlock Audio Device

Audirvana Studio on Linux - Unable to Unlock Audio Device


  • Audirvana Studio
  • Ubuntu 22.04 (in Docker container)
  • Endeavour OS (Arch Linux)
  • Linux Kernel 6.8.5
  • ALSA 1.2.11
  • iFi Zen DAC v2

Problem Description

@Antoine, Audirvana Studio is working well for music playback on Linux. However, there is an issue with unlocking the audio device. When clicking the “Unlock Audio Device” button in the Audirvana Remote app (v5.0), the sound device is not properly released back to ALSA or Pipewire in the KDE desktop environment. The audio device remains inaccessible until completely stopping Audirvana Studio.

Steps to Reproduce

  1. Start Audirvana Studio on Linux
  2. Play music (working)
  3. In Audirvana Remote app, click “Unlock Audio Device” button
  4. Observe that sound device is not accessible to other applications

Expected Behavior

Clicking “Unlock Audio Device” should properly release the sound device back to ALSA/Pipewire, making it available for use by other audio applications without needing to stop Audirvana Studio.

Actual Behavior

The sound device remains locked/unavailable after clicking “Unlock Audio Device”. It can only be released by completely stopping Audirvana Studio.

Additional Info

  • Issue reproduced on both Ubuntu 22.04 in Docker and native Endeavour OS (Arch) installs
  • iFi Zen DAC v2 being used as the audio device4


The only current workaround is to stop Audirvana Studio to release the audio device back to the system. The unlock button does not work as expected on Linux systems with this setup.

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Hi @HertzDonut,

Thank you for your detailed feedback. We have been able to reproduce the issue on our side.

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