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Thread: How to use webcam microphone as default?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2010

    How to use webcam microphone as default?

    Hi everyone,

    In order to use my usb webcam microphone with skype I have to go to sound settings and change the input source manually every time I plug it in. I intuitively tried rearranging the default sound card microphone and the webcam one via drag and drop in the hope of being able to define a priority, but with no luck.

    It's really annoying that instead of just plugging in the webcam and it sets itself automatically as sound input, I have to go through the settings every time. Is there any way to make my webcam microphone the default sound input? I can't do it within skype because skype just shows "pulse audio driver" whether I use the built-in mic or the webcam one, it basically just uses whatever the ubuntu system is currently using.

    I searched a bit online and all I could find was a post from 2011 ( (so I don't know if it's outdated) and honestly it's really a bit complicated and a big effort for a thing that should be relatively easy for the end user to change.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007

    Re: How to use webcam microphone as default?

    Yes, it should be easier, but it's not...

    Anyway, try the udev solution. You only have to do it once :
    If you need help, get the output of pacmd and lsusbr:
    sudo update-usbids
    ***plug in webcam***
    pacmd list-sources

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