I have a serious issue with the microphone on my laptop (running Linux Mint 20.1 Ulyssa) :

  • I cannot record from a headset plugged in the jack port
  • I have a poor record quality (very noisy in the background) when I use : USB-C mic, laptop mic or USB-C earplug.

My config :

Acer Swift 3 - SF314-42 Linux Mint 20.1 Cinnamon Cinnamon 4.8.6 5.8.0-44-generic x86_64 AMD ryzen 7 - 4700U with Radeon Graphics AMD Renoir driver N/A 16 GB


The 'pavucontrol' has more control capabilities, check it out:

sudo apt-get install pavucontrol

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