Basically pulseaudio will do all it can to make life hard for you. Thanks a lot Mr Pottering...
Maybe this is the reason Avicii (windows+sonar) and daft punk (mostly analog +abelton) sound so different compared to the rest?
My favorite artists find ways to add a lot of variation, even to simple song structures. By including lots of detail, by playing parts by hand, blending electronic and acoustic instruments, etc.
I think music benefits from imperfections here and there.
Purely electronic, cleanly gridded music has its charms, but adding those imperfections often helps a lot!