im running alsa, and i never had this problem in KDE, but i just switched to GNOME on my gentoo box with ALSA. But it can only handle one audio stream at a time. Basicaly if im listening to my MP3's and chatting, at the end of each song i get like 489025734098 new im tones (gaim) and then xmms reports the device is in use. do i need to point everything through a mixer like kmix was in KDE? if so, a little input on how to do this would be appreciated.