Since an update to Skype the microphone stopped working (also (preview) isn't working). Checked with other applications, e.g. SoundRecorder, where the mic is working nicely. Now I know that skype is using alsa and my elementary os ($ uname -a 4.10.0-42-generic #46~16.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Mon Dec 4 15:57:59 UTC 2017 x86_64) uses pulseaudio. Tried the solutions found in ubuntu-forums, like:

  • remove pulseaudio
  • remove the .config/.pulse
  • use pavucontrol
  • use alsamixer

nothing worked. Any other idea?

  • Never remove pulseaudio, if you do that lots of applications that play audio will stop working.
    – Maccer
    Dec 10, 2017 at 17:33

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After the recent update of my system (including skype) the microphone is working fine again in skype.

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