Control pulseaudio volume from the shell or mapped to keyboard shortcuts. No need for alsa-utils.
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README.md

Pulseaudio-ctl

Simple bash script to allow for control of pulseaudio without alsautils. Simply map the following to keyboard shortcuts in your DE or WM. Xfce4 allows for this under Settings > Keyboard > Application Shortcuts.

/usr/bin/pulseaudio-ctl mute        ==>  Toggle status of mute
/usr/bin/pulseaudio-ctl mute-input  ==>  Toggle status of mute for mic
/usr/bin/pulseaudio-ctl up          ==>  Increase vol by 5 %
/usr/bin/pulseaudio-ctl up 25       ==>  Increase vol by 25 %
/usr/bin/pulseaudio-ctl down        ==>  Decrease vol by 5 %
/usr/bin/pulseaudio-ctl down 50     ==>  Decrease vol by 50 %
/usr/bin/pulseaudio-ctl set 40      ==>  Set vol to 40%
/usr/bin/pulseaudio-ctl atmost 30   ==>  Set vol to 30% if current higher than that

Configuration

A config file resides in ~/.config/pulseaudio-ctl/config and allows for some options including:

Example:

# The default setting is for pulseaudio-ctl to NOT increase to volume level
# above 100 % but Some users may wish exceed this level. If this describes
# your use case, uncomment the UPPER_THRESHOLD variable below setting it to
# the new upper threshold.
#
UPPER_THRESHOLD=150

# Push output through libnotify. Set to any value to enable this feature
# and note that you must have /usr/bin/notify-send to use this. On Arch
# libnotify provides this. Other distros may not name it as such.
NOTIFY=yes

# Show a graphical progress-bar type visualization of the volume level in
# libnotify. No setting or commented out will show a simply percentage but
# a setting will convert the percentage to a progress-bar in libnotify.
#
BARCHART=yes

# Use KDE OSD notification. Set to any value to enable this feature.
KDE_OSD=yes

If config file isn't present script uses default value 100 for the UPPER_THRESHOLD and notifications are disabled by default.

Links

AUR package: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/pulseaudio-ctl