[PlanetCCRMA] fc4 and getting control of microphone questions

Tom Poe tompoe@studioforrecording.org
Fri Feb 17 14:45:01 2006

Fernando Lopez-Lezcano wrote:

>On Fri, 2006-02-17 at 03:04 -0600, Tom Poe wrote:
>>I have fc4 installed, ccrma loaded, and a cheap computer microphone in 
>>the microphone jack.
>>I have the system sounds disabled.  The microphone is active at the 
>>moment.  I can hear it through the speakers.  I cannot figure out where 
>>to go to control the microphone for use with Audacity.  Each time I set 
>>microphone on, whether through the applications sound mixer, or the 
>>volume control on the desktop, or run the command, /usr/bin/alsamixer, 
>>Audacity does not record, but it does play .ogg files.  When I set the 
>>microphone active either in the applications sound, or desktop sound, 
>>close, then open, the microphone may or may not be off.  Mostly, it is 
>>Somehow, I need to set the microphone/capture feature to ON, and then 
>>save the settings.  I think there's a file that keeps resetting it to 
>>OFF.  Any help as to where to find the key file at play, here, would be 
>>greatly appreciated. 
>There is an alsa utility to store the current settings of the alsa mixer
>called /usr/sbin/alsactl, so running "/usr/sbin/alsactl store" will
>store the setting and "/usr/sbin/alsactl restore" will restore them. The
>settings themselves are stored in /etc/asound.state. 
>I usually use "gamix" to control the soundcard mixer (which is different
>in all cards - hard to give directions on how to set it correctly for
>your needs). 
>-- Fernando
Fernando:  Once again, your magic is marvelous!  I fiddled with Gamix, 
and, about the ninth time I brought it up, I managed to catch that the 
"capture" tab was not showing MIC.  I changed the settings, saved by 
running /usr/sbin/alsactl store command, and Audacity is working well.  
Next, I explore the topic of "Gain" on the mic, and tone down the 
background noise.  Wish me luck, I'm goin' in!   :)

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