Controlling microphone volume


I regularly record with audacity and I’ve noticed that my microphone is a bit saturated. I would like to know how to lower the volume of my microphone. I can see a gauge in the top right-hand corner but it doesn’t react to my mouse.
If anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them.
Thanks in advance for any help.
P.S: I’m on linux (Zorin OS), so this may be an important detail.

Also what kind of microphone you have. If you have a USB or other digital microphone, Audacity will assume you set the volume correctly at the analog to digital conversion—inside the microphone.

Microphone manufacturer’s see this coming and most of them record with low volume straight out of the shrink-wrap.


The problem is the same regardless of the type of microphone, whether it’s the one I plug into the USB port or the one built into my computer. The gauge remains insensitive to my mouse. My microphone has no volume control, as it uses my PC’s sound card directly.

My built-in microphone changes volume with the Microphone Volume Slider in the Audacity toolbar.

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Is that how you’re trying to change it? That’s worked for every Audacity version I’ve ever used. If that doesn’t work, that could be an Operating System variation.


And zoom, that could be a problem not only with Audacity, but with the workings of Zorin OS. We need to find somebody good with both.


Yes indeed, that’s the gauge I want to use and yes indeed, it stays frozen. So it has to do with the OS. I’m using the APT version of the software, I’ve tried with the Snap and Flatpack versions but no change.

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