# xperia x compact recording volume

Recording volume on the xperia x compact is too low. Does anyone know the cli command to change the microphone input for recording? pactl and something I suppose, but I cannot find the right command ... Thx for looking into this,

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( 2018-11-24 20:44:23 +0200 )edit

I have an xperia x and there I have no problem with the recording volume. I'm talking about the x compact. Trying to record sax improv ideas, help me remember the good stuff I sometimes play. On the X that worked flawless, on the x compact it is hardly useable ... so not a duplicate ...

( 2018-11-25 09:18:40 +0200 )edit

Typing 'pactl list' or 'pactl --help' makes me hope there is a way to change this, I just don't seem to be able to piece together the right command+options ... Anybody?

( 2018-11-25 09:23:19 +0200 )edit

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Perhaps I should of made myself a bit clearer originally, my bad.

The device in general is not the focus of the problem, the problem is likely in the software that controls the sound card; i.e. mic levels, main volume levels, etc....hence my original comment calling duplicate.

Anyway, I gave this question some more thought and ended up finding a answer I gave on this very subject a few years ago; https://together.jolla.com/question/146486/microphone-volume/

Also, as with many things command line based, there are always a myriad of options/tools to do the same job. The link above shows how to do it with alsa-utils or you can do it with pacmd

I have tested the following on my device this evening; my device is a Jolla1 SFOS 3.0.0.8

MAIN PLAYBACK VOLUME:

Set volume to ZERO
pacmd set-sink-volume 1 0 (0%)

Set volume to MAX
pacmd set-sink-volume 1 65536  (100%) (default)
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pacmd set-sink-volume 1 98304  (150%)
pacmd set-sink-volume 1 131072 (200%)
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MAIN RECORDING VOLUME LEVEL

Set MIC INPUT to ZERO;
pacmd set-source-volume 2 0 (0%)

Set MIC INPUT to MAX;
pacmd set-source-volume 2 65536 (100%) (default)
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pacmd set-source-volume 2 98304  (150%)
pacmd set-source-volume 2 131072 (200%)

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I tried to adjust the extremely low input/output volume according to your describtion above, because I can hardly use the recorder app from the jolla store or openrepos on my xperia x. It worked quite well at first sight, when I set sink and source volumes to 196608. But then I found out that a reboot of the phone resets the values to default. Either I' am doing sth wrong or this is not a solution for the xperia x. Any idea someone?

( 2019-08-11 15:10:52 +0200 )edit

I've not tested what happens after reboot, as I don't suffer with any of the mentioned problems. in a way, I'm not surprised the changes don't survive rebooting. Perhaps there is a way to make it stick so to speak, I'll have a fiddle when I get time.

I don't think you are doing anything wrong or that is doesn't apply to xperia, as largely, apart from hardware and a few dabs of software/middleware; the OS is the same all over, it''s just....well, as I said above, defaults are defaults.

( 2019-08-12 06:33:36 +0200 )edit

@Edz this was exactly what I was looking for, thx! I read the post you mentioned, but with alsa mixer it would not work. pacmd set-source-volume 2 131072 (so doubling 65536) does exactly what I need. I hope it doesn't influence my phonecalls at the other end of the line, will let you know if it does. Thanks for your help!

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