What happened to the Volume Control dialog (from Windows XP)? RRS feed

  • Question

  • In the Volume Control, you were able to adjust the volume for each "sound type" (for lack of a better term). Granted, the new Volume Control (the dialog that appears when you double-click on the speakers icon in the system notification area) lets you control the volume per application, which will cover the old individual controls for Wave, MIDI and CD (just play each type with a different player). But for things like the microphone, the aux and the PC Beep, individual application don't usually handle them and thus, if the user wants to adjust the playback volume of the microphone, you are left alone now in Windows 7.

    Where can I get the old Volume Control dialog? Is there a free app that would replace it (from MS or 3-party)?
    Saturday, July 18, 2009 4:02 AM

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  • It's there.
    right-click the Volume icon, and you'll get several choices:
    Volume mixer
    Playback devices
    Recording devices
    Volume control options.

    Select Recording devices.  Click, say, your microphone, click Properties.  Open the Levels tab.  There's your slider.
    Everything's still there; just in different places.

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    Saturday, July 18, 2009 4:31 AM
  • That will adjust the volume of the mic when recording, not the volume used to playback whatever screams you shout at the mic.
    If anything, the missing sliders should be under "Playback devices" not under Recording. Same goes for the aux line.
    Saturday, July 18, 2009 4:50 AM
  • Go to control panel -> Sound, then click the "recording" tab. Select the microphone and click properties. There should be a tab called "listen" or something like that. You can mark a checkbox there saying "use this device as playback source". When you do that, a new volume slider will appear in the mixer application - for microphone output volume.
    Saturday, July 18, 2009 11:53 PM
  • Aye, but if you want to control the stereo mix volume going into say a Digital Audio Workbench then you have to use the main speaker volume slider. There isn't a separate recording slider, it just seems to be controlled by the main speaker volume slider. If you want to hear the sound at the same time as recording it - fine, but otherwise you have to turn the volume down on an external speaker system - if you have one. 

    The old volume controls had there problems, such as not being able to remember your settings when you shut down Windows. But I not sure that the new controls are much better. (Why has everything suddenly gone tiny? Doesn't it like what I am saying? GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

    • Edited by abinr Tuesday, June 18, 2013 9:48 AM
    Tuesday, June 18, 2013 9:42 AM
  • Unfortunately, the setting for playback is not available in Windows 7. Instead, the option Enhancements is added which shows some enhancements. There are various third party audio/sound enhancement tools available in the market.

    Balaji Kundalam

    Thursday, July 25, 2013 4:32 PM