Xfce: Make microphone work by default

I previously had this issue above with my microphone where I had to install EasyEffects:
sudo pacman -S easyeffects
... and reduce the microphone to 25% in order to get decent sound in the microphone:

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And then recently I had an issue that resulted in me having to to wipe my computer and reinstall Garuda from scratch, and I had to do the steps in previous paragraph all over again.

Please, the owner of Xfce flavor of Garuda, can you apply the steps in the 1st paragraph as default settings so that new users of Garuda Xfce don't have to go through this mess? It seems like low-hanging fruit that could be implemented without too much effort, and yet make a great difference to users.

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Honestly that small bit of configuration doesn't seem like much of a hardship, as far as setting up a new system goes. You should see the crazy stuff people have to go through to get their Nvidia cards working sometimes. :laughing:

I tested an audio recording on a live XFCE system on my laptop just now (in Audacity), and I see what you mean about the white noise--it's pretty bad on my system too!

Just to play devil's advocate for a moment though:

The problem with changing default settings is everyone has a different system. While this setup might work great on your system, it might not be a good solution for someone with different hardware or different configuration choices. Or maybe someone else does not like EasyEffects, they prefer some other intervention, or maybe they don't record audio at all and would prefer not to have unneeded software on their device.

I guess my point is your setup seems perfectly reasonable, but there are plenty of reasons to not force everyone to have it.

Also, not for nothing but that is a very easy setup. Install one package, add one line in one config file, and turn down the microphone = :cake:

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Yeah the setup itself is easy, but I had to go through a lot of trouble to figure out that this is the right solution. And it would be nice to have everything working out-of-the-box instead of me having to do extra configuration work when I install Garuda.

Perhaps instead of putting a universal default, let there be some code that checks what hardware is being used. And if the hardware used is the same as mine, then apply the suggestion I made. And if the hardware is different, then let the else-block lead to whatever setting is currently the default

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