Microphone volume drops when Skyping from Sabayon

Although Skype is proprietary software, it is available in the Sabayon repositories which makes installing it and keeping it up to date as easy as any other Linux based application. However, I did encounter one issue when I started it up yesterday.

When calling someone, my microphone level drops. Repeatedly. This makes it pretty much impossible to hold any sort of conversation. Fortunately, it’s very easy to fix.

The problem is caused when Skype tries to automatically adjust mixer levels. It only does this downwards, though, effectively ratcheting the microphone volume towards zero.

The solution can be found in the Skype menu. Select the Sound Devices tab and uncheck the ‘Allow Skype to automatically adjust my mixer levels’ box.


I’ve just tried it again today and it’s all sounding rather lovely.