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Ubuntu (Linux) Microphone Settings

Learn how to check if your microphone is correctly configured, fix the settings if it isn’t.

Follow these steps to set the settings right:

Step 1: Click on the speaker icon on the menu bar and select Sound Settings as shown in the image below:

Control Panel in Windows XP

Step 2: Select Input tab.


Step 3: Select the applicable device under Record sound from.


Step 4: Make sure that the device is not in mute.

Audio Tab in Audio Settings Windows XP

Step 5: Try speaking into your microphone and look for orange bars rising while you talk (see screenshot).

Sound Recording Volume Control in Windows XP

Step 6: If the orange bars are rising while you are speaking that means your microphone is properly configured (what to do if my microphone still isn’t working, even though you say it’s properly configured?)

Step 7: If the orange bars are not rising while you are speaking into the mic, keep following the instructions.


Step 8: Drag the slider all the way to the right to increase the input volume (see screenshot).

Sound Recording Volume Control in Windows XP

Step 9: Now check again if you see orange bars rising when you talk into the microphone: if you do, your mic is now properly configured. If it still does not work please keep reading.

Set default device

Step 1: Open a terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T) and then run the gstreamer-properties.

Step 2: Change the settings under Default input to fit the correct microphone.

Recording Control Properties in Windows XP

What to do if you did see orange bars moving but your microphone still isn’t working in some program (Click here!)