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Windows 7: How do you un-link master volume slider from others in the mixer?

26 Jun 2011   #1

win7 64
 
 
How do you un-link master volume slider from others in the mixer?

Hello,

I've got Windows 7 x64 on a lenovo G560, and I'm trying to record from an IE webcast using loop recorder.

The recording application has the ability to select a device from the mixer to record from, but when I raise the volume level of IE in the mixer, the volume level of the main speakers raises too.

In order to set the recording level correctly for the recording app, (around 80%), the speakers on my laptop are so loud it's annoying. You have to shout to be heard by anyone else in the room.

I realise that for desktop users with a separate amp (and hardware volume control) this might not be a problem, but for me it is, because my laptop uses the Win 7 mixer to set the speaker volume - no hardware control.

How do I un-link the master (speaker) volume from the others?

Thanks.

P.S. I have searched but have not found a solution.

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26 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fiscoking View Post
Hello,

I've got Windows 7 x64 on a lenovo G560, and I'm trying to record from an IE webcast using loop recorder.

The recording application has the ability to select a device from the mixer to record from, but when I raise the volume level of IE in the mixer, the volume level of the main speakers raises too.

In order to set the recording level correctly for the recording app, (around 80%), the speakers on my laptop are so loud it's annoying. You have to shout to be heard by anyone else in the room.

I realise that for desktop users with a separate amp (and hardware volume control) this might not be a problem, but for me it is, because my laptop uses the Win 7 mixer to set the speaker volume - no hardware control.

How do I un-link the master (speaker) volume from the others?

Thanks.

P.S. I have searched but have not found a solution.
this maybe a simple solution but have you considered plugging a set of headphones in?

for your information, no you cannot unlink the master volume because as soon as the slider for IE reaches its peak, then it raises the volume of the master slider, there is no way to override this, if it is too loud then i can only consider plugging in a set of headphones.
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27 Jun 2011   #3

win7 64
 
 

Hello Mr Needs,

Thank you for your reply.

I see some aspects of Windows 7 have gone many steps back. What on earth was Microsoft thinking when they put the new mixer together? If what you say is true, then I will have to carry headphones around with me - to solve a software problem.

Does anyone know of a replacement mixer (3rd party) that will unlink the sliders?
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27 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fiscoking View Post
Hello Mr Needs,

Thank you for your reply.

I see some aspects of Windows 7 have gone many steps back. What on earth was Microsoft thinking when they put the new mixer together? If what you say is true, then I will have to carry headphones around with me - to solve a software problem.

Does anyone know of a replacement mixer (3rd party) that will unlink the sliders?
it hasn't gone backwards at all, for every version of windows i've ever used, there has only been a master slider and 3rd party applications had their own in built slider(of which some didn't even have a volume control at all), with Vista and 7, the incorporation of seperate sliders for individual applications were a godsend for many, but there are flaws, if you were using XP or earlier then you wouldn't have those options, when the slider reaches the peak then it has no option to raise the master volume otherwise the sound will distort, and what's the point of recording audio that ends up distorted?
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27 Jun 2011   #5

win7 64
 
 

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it hasn't gone backwards at all, for every version of windows i've ever used, there has only been a master slider and 3rd party applications had their own in built slider(of which some didn't even have a volume control at all),
I don't know what sort of sound cards or drivers you've used that didn't provide a volume control, but even the very basic sound chips I've used on XP (Realtek, SoundBlaster etc) provided a mixer that allowed you to lower the master volume while keeping the others raised higher. A pictue in point from an XP mixer:



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when the slider reaches the peak then it has no option to raise the master volume otherwise the sound will distort
It didn't work this way in XP, so I see of no reason why it would apply in Win 7.

OK, so Microsoft have written their own mixer, and seen fit to link the sliders (even though Realtek \ SoundBlaster managed to write theirs without linking on XP), the end result is the same, I have to switch to a 3rd party mixer if I don't want to carry headphones around.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks.
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27 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fiscoking View Post
Quote:
it hasn't gone backwards at all, for every version of windows i've ever used, there has only been a master slider and 3rd party applications had their own in built slider(of which some didn't even have a volume control at all),
I don't know what sort of sound cards or drivers you've used that didn't provide a volume control, but even the very basic sound chips I've used on XP (Realtek, SoundBlaster etc) provided a mixer that allowed you to lower the master volume while keeping the others raised higher. A pictue in point from an XP mixer:



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when the slider reaches the peak then it has no option to raise the master volume otherwise the sound will distort
It didn't work this way in XP, so I see of no reason why it would apply in Win 7.

OK, so Microsoft have written their own mixer, and seen fit to link the sliders (even though Realtek \ SoundBlaster managed to write theirs without linking on XP), the end result is the same, I have to switch to a 3rd party mixer if I don't want to carry headphones around.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks.
Right, I understand where you are coming from but them features are already incorporated into 7 anyway, it's just that the sliders don't represent what you had in XP or earlier, when the master volume slider starts to move up, that means the slider that you're moving has hit the maximum volume it can go, so it tries to make it louder(as this is what you're trying to do) to meet your needs, if you want the same thing in 7 as you did in XP then simply turn all volume sliders to max(including the master volume slider) and set the volume with the master slider (the application will still run at maximum volume), no 3rd party applications have been made to control volume limits as windows controls are more than sufficient.
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28 Jun 2011   #7

win7 64
 
 

Hello Mr.Needs,

Thank you again for your response.

'simply turn all volume sliders to max(including the master volume slider) and set the volume with the master slider (the application will still run at maximum volume), '

The statement above doesn't work for me. If I set all the sliders to maximum, and then use the master slider to control the recording level, I end up with the master slider at 80% (as the IE slider needs to be at 80%), and the speakers on the laptop blast away.

This is not the functionality that was available in XP at all, as you could set individual volume channels (and record from them) without having to raise the master volume above 0.

To this end, the windows volume control is less than sufficient for laptop users.

(Am I the only one to see this - please chip in if I've misunderstood Mr.Needs responses).

Thanks again for your reply, but I just can't make the Windows 7 mixer function as I wish without having the speakers on my laptop blast away.
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29 Jun 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fiscoking View Post
'simply turn all volume sliders to max(including the master volume slider) and set the volume with the master slider (the application will still run at maximum volume), '

The statement above doesn't work for me. If I set all the sliders to maximum, and then use the master slider to control the recording level, I end up with the master slider at 80% (as the IE slider needs to be at 80%), and the speakers on the laptop blast away.
incorrect, the IE slider will be at 100% but the master slider will be at whatever you set it, it will show that the IE slider will be equal to the master slider but this is misleading, the other sliders are at 100% regardless, the master volume then controls the overall system volume and sets it accordingly.
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29 Jun 2011   #9

win7 64
 
 

"incorrect, the IE slider will be at 100% but the master slider will be at whatever you set it"

That's no how it works on my Windows 7 system. When you set the IE slider at 100%, the master volumeslider follows it to 100%. When you pull the master volume slider back down, the IE slider follows it down - with the recording level too.

To illustrate the point, look at these two screenshots. I've got Windows 7 sound recorder recording from the default recording device (stereo mix). In the first screenshot, the IE slider is at 100%, and the sound recorder app has a signal to record (illustrated by the green sound level). The master volume level has followed the IE slider to 100% also, meaning the speaker are loud too.

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h3...101/sound1.jpg

In the second screenshot, I've pulled the master vol slider down (to reduce speaker noise), and the IE slider has followed it down too. Note the recording level on the sound recorder app - no green signal - nothing to record.

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h3...101/sound2.jpg

Try it yourself on your computer, and see what happens.
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29 Jun 2011   #10

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Do you have Realtec drivers? I don't use the Mixer because of the master volume. That's why they call it master volume. You can set the level of individual speakers, line-in and microphone through Sound properties> Speakers > Levels.


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