Microphone volume very low

Hello! I have issues with my microphone. It’s output is extremely low. It is almost impossible to hear anything when I record something or talk to someone. I can see the bar moving in pavucontrol but it barely does it. The microphone is at 100% and going over it has no noticeable effect.

First of all, I’ve got an amp/dac combo Schiit Hel. Worked flawlessly when I was using Windows 10. I tried to fix the issue by going into alsamixer. However when I pressed F6 and selected Schiit Hel it crashed with error: cannot load mixer controls: broken pipe but I managed to fix it by adding options snd-usb-audio ignore_ctl_error=1 into /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf. Now I can access my amp/dac in alsamixer. However when I do that it displays this


I can’t adjust anything in there. Here is my aplay -l output

keefir@keefir-hapu  ~  aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 7: HDMI 1 [HDMI 1]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 8: HDMI 2 [HDMI 2]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 9: HDMI 3 [HDMI 3]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 10: HDMI 4 [HDMI 4]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 11: HDMI 5 [HDMI 5]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 12: HDMI 6 [HDMI 6]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: Generic [HD-Audio Generic], device 0: ALC887-VD Analog [ALC887-VD Analog]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: Generic [HD-Audio Generic], device 1: ALC887-VD Digital [ALC887-VD Digital]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 2: Hel [Schiit Hel], device 0: USB Audio [USB Audio]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

Here is my amixer --card=2 output

 keefir@keefir-hapu  ~  amixer --card=2
Simple mixer control 'PCM',0
  Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Mono: Playback [on]
Simple mixer control 'Mic',0
  Capabilities: cswitch cswitch-joined
  Capture channels: Mono
  Mono: Capture [off]

For some reason it only says “mono” although I know for sure that my headset is stereo.

inxi -Fxxxz
System:    Kernel: 5.8.18-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.0 Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.20.4 tk: Qt 5.15.2 
           info: latte-dock wm: kwin_x11 dm: SDDM Distro: Manjaro Linux 
Machine:   Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: TUF B450-PLUS GAMING v: Rev X.0x serial: <filter> 
           UEFI: American Megatrends v: 2202 date: 07/14/2020 
CPU:       Info: 8-Core model: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Zen 2 L2 cache: 4096 KiB 
           flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm bogomips: 115038 
           Speed: 2683 MHz min/max: 2200/3600 MHz boost: enabled Core speeds (MHz): 1: 2683 2: 3836 3: 2459 4: 2098 
           5: 2179 6: 2139 7: 3017 8: 2181 9: 3314 10: 2158 11: 2078 12: 2174 13: 4065 14: 2170 15: 2539 16: 2078 
Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA GP106 [GeForce GTX 1060 6GB] vendor: eVga.com. driver: nvidia v: 455.45.01 bus ID: 05:00.0 
           chip ID: 10de:1c03 
           Device-2: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Ellesmere [Radeon RX 470/480/570/570X/580/580X/590] 
           vendor: ASUSTeK driver: vfio-pci v: 0.2 bus ID: 06:00.0 chip ID: 1002:67df 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.10 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: nvidia resolution: 1: 1920x1080~60Hz 
           2: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 94 
           OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 455.45.01 direct render: Yes 
Audio:     Device-1: NVIDIA GP106 High Definition Audio vendor: eVga.com. driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel 
           bus ID: 05:00.1 chip ID: 10de:10f1 
           Device-2: AMD Ellesmere HDMI Audio [Radeon RX 470/480 / 570/580/590] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: vfio-pci 
           v: 0.2 bus ID: 06:00.1 chip ID: 1002:aaf0 
           Device-3: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Starship/Matisse HD Audio vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel 
           v: kernel bus ID: 08:00.4 chip ID: 1022:1487 
           Device-4: Schiit Audio Schiit Hel type: USB driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus ID: 1-5.4:6 
           chip ID: 30be:0101 
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.8.18-1-MANJARO 
Network:   Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: ASUSTeK driver: r8169 v: kernel 
           port: e000 bus ID: 03:00.0 chip ID: 10ec:8168 
           IF: enp3s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
           IF-ID-1: virbr0 state: down mac: <filter> 
           IF-ID-2: virbr0-nic state: down mac: <filter> 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 2.02 TiB used: 512.80 GiB (24.8%) 
           ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: A-Data model: SU650 size: 894.25 GiB speed: 6.0 Gb/s serial: <filter> rev: 1c64 
           scheme: GPT 
           ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Samsung model: SSD 860 QVO 1TB size: 931.51 GiB speed: 6.0 Gb/s serial: <filter> 
           rev: 1B6Q scheme: GPT 
           ID-3: /dev/sdc vendor: A-Data model: SU800 size: 238.47 GiB speed: 6.0 Gb/s serial: <filter> rev: 7AC 
           scheme: GPT 
Partition: ID-1: / size: 881.64 GiB used: 71.54 GiB (8.1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb2 
Swap:      ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 34.50 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: -2 dev: /dev/sdb3 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 58.4 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 65 C 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 15% 
Info:      Processes: 365 Uptime: 1h 03m Memory: 31.30 GiB used: 3.13 GiB (10.0%) Init: systemd v: 246 Compilers: 
           gcc: 10.2.0 Packages: 1366 pacman: 1358 snap: 8 Shell: Zsh v: 5.8 running in: konsole inxi: 3.1.08 
pacmd list-cards
3 card(s) available.
    index: 0
        name: <alsa_card.usb-Schiit_Audio_Schiit_Hel-00>
        driver: <module-alsa-card.c>
        owner module: 6
        properties:
                alsa.card = "2"
                alsa.card_name = "Schiit Hel"
                alsa.long_card_name = "Schiit Audio Schiit Hel at usb-0000:01:00.0-5.4, high speed"
                alsa.driver_name = "snd_usb_audio"
                device.bus_path = "pci-0000:01:00.0-usb-0:5.4:1.0"
                sysfs.path = "/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:01.3/0000:01:00.0/usb1/1-5/1-5.4/1-5.4:1.0/sound/card2"
                udev.id = "usb-Schiit_Audio_Schiit_Hel-00"
                device.bus = "usb"
                device.vendor.id = "30be"
                device.vendor.name = "Schiit Audio"
                device.product.id = "0101"
                device.product.name = "Schiit Hel"
                device.serial = "Schiit_Audio_Schiit_Hel"
                device.string = "2"
                device.description = "Schiit Hel"
                module-udev-detect.discovered = "1"
                device.icon_name = "audio-card-usb"
        profiles:
                input:analog-stereo: Analog Stereo Input (priority 65, available: unknown)
                input:iec958-stereo: Digital Stereo (IEC958) Input (priority 55, available: unknown)
                output:analog-stereo: Analog Stereo Output (priority 6500, available: unknown)
                output:analog-stereo+input:analog-stereo: Analog Stereo Duplex (priority 6565, available: unknown)
                output:analog-stereo+input:iec958-stereo: Analog Stereo Output + Digital Stereo (IEC958) Input (priority 6555, available: unknown)
                output:iec958-stereo: Digital Stereo (IEC958) Output (priority 5500, available: unknown)
                output:iec958-stereo+input:analog-stereo: Digital Stereo (IEC958) Output + Analog Stereo Input (priority 5565, available: unknown)
                output:iec958-stereo+input:iec958-stereo: Digital Stereo Duplex (IEC958) (priority 5555, available: unknown)
                off: Off (priority 0, available: unknown)
        active profile: <output:analog-stereo+input:analog-stereo>
        sinks:
                alsa_output.usb-Schiit_Audio_Schiit_Hel-00.analog-stereo/#0: Schiit Hel Analog Stereo
        sources:
                alsa_output.usb-Schiit_Audio_Schiit_Hel-00.analog-stereo.monitor/#0: Monitor of Schiit Hel Analog Stereo
                alsa_input.usb-Schiit_Audio_Schiit_Hel-00.analog-stereo/#1: Schiit Hel Analog Stereo
        ports:
                analog-input-mic: Microphone (priority 8700, latency offset 0 usec, available: yes)
                        properties:
                                device.icon_name = "audio-input-microphone"
                iec958-stereo-input: Digital Input (S/PDIF) (priority 0, latency offset 0 usec, available: unknown)
                        properties:

                analog-output-speaker: Speakers (priority 10000, latency offset 0 usec, available: yes)
                        properties:
                                device.icon_name = "audio-speakers"
                iec958-stereo-output: Digital Output (S/PDIF) (priority 0, latency offset 0 usec, available: unknown)
                        properties:

    index: 1
        name: <alsa_card.pci-0000_05_00.1>
        driver: <module-alsa-card.c>
        owner module: 7
        properties:
                alsa.card = "0"
                alsa.card_name = "HDA NVidia"
                alsa.long_card_name = "HDA NVidia at 0xf6080000 irq 36"
                alsa.driver_name = "snd_hda_intel"
                device.bus_path = "pci-0000:05:00.1"
                sysfs.path = "/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:01.3/0000:01:00.2/0000:02:04.0/0000:05:00.1/sound/card0"
                device.bus = "pci"
                device.vendor.id = "10de"
                device.vendor.name = "NVIDIA Corporation"
                device.product.id = "10f1"
                device.product.name = "GP106 High Definition Audio Controller"
                device.string = "0"
                device.description = "GP106 High Definition Audio Controller"
                module-udev-detect.discovered = "1"
                device.icon_name = "audio-card-pci"
        profiles:
                output:hdmi-stereo: Digital Stereo (HDMI) Output (priority 5900, available: unknown)
                output:hdmi-stereo-extra1: Digital Stereo (HDMI 2) Output (priority 5700, available: no)
                output:hdmi-surround-extra1: Digital Surround 5.1 (HDMI 2) Output (priority 600, available: no)
                output:hdmi-surround71-extra1: Digital Surround 7.1 (HDMI 2) Output (priority 600, available: no)
                output:hdmi-stereo-extra2: Digital Stereo (HDMI 3) Output (priority 5700, available: unknown)
                output:hdmi-stereo-extra3: Digital Stereo (HDMI 4) Output (priority 5700, available: no)
                output:hdmi-surround-extra3: Digital Surround 5.1 (HDMI 4) Output (priority 600, available: no)
                output:hdmi-surround71-extra3: Digital Surround 7.1 (HDMI 4) Output (priority 600, available: no)
                output:hdmi-stereo-extra4: Digital Stereo (HDMI 5) Output (priority 5700, available: no)
                output:hdmi-surround-extra4: Digital Surround 5.1 (HDMI 5) Output (priority 600, available: no)
                output:hdmi-surround71-extra4: Digital Surround 7.1 (HDMI 5) Output (priority 600, available: no)
                output:hdmi-stereo-extra5: Digital Stereo (HDMI 6) Output (priority 5700, available: no)
                output:hdmi-surround-extra5: Digital Surround 5.1 (HDMI 6) Output (priority 600, available: no)
                output:hdmi-surround71-extra5: Digital Surround 7.1 (HDMI 6) Output (priority 600, available: no)
                output:hdmi-stereo-extra6: Digital Stereo (HDMI 7) Output (priority 5700, available: no)
                output:hdmi-surround-extra6: Digital Surround 5.1 (HDMI 7) Output (priority 600, available: no)
                output:hdmi-surround71-extra6: Digital Surround 7.1 (HDMI 7) Output (priority 600, available: no)
                off: Off (priority 0, available: unknown)
        active profile: <output:hdmi-stereo>
        sinks:
                alsa_output.pci-0000_05_00.1.hdmi-stereo/#10: GP106 High Definition Audio Controller Digital Stereo (HDMI)
        sources:
                alsa_output.pci-0000_05_00.1.hdmi-stereo.monitor/#11: Monitor of GP106 High Definition Audio Controller Digital Stereo (HDMI)
        ports:
                hdmi-output-0: HDMI / DisplayPort (priority 5900, latency offset 0 usec, available: yes)
                        properties:
                                device.icon_name = "video-display"
                                device.product.name = "LG IPS FULLHD"
                hdmi-output-1: HDMI / DisplayPort 2 (priority 5800, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)
                        properties:
                                device.icon_name = "video-display"
                hdmi-output-2: HDMI / DisplayPort 3 (priority 5700, latency offset 0 usec, available: yes)
                        properties:
                                device.icon_name = "video-display"
                                device.product.name = "MSI MAG241C
 "
                hdmi-output-3: HDMI / DisplayPort 4 (priority 5600, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)
                        properties:
                                device.icon_name = "video-display"
                hdmi-output-4: HDMI / DisplayPort 5 (priority 5500, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)
                        properties:
                                device.icon_name = "video-display"
                hdmi-output-5: HDMI / DisplayPort 6 (priority 5400, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)
                        properties:
                                device.icon_name = "video-display"
                hdmi-output-6: HDMI / DisplayPort 7 (priority 5300, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)
                        properties:
                                device.icon_name = "video-display"
    index: 2
        name: <alsa_card.pci-0000_08_00.4>
        driver: <module-alsa-card.c>
        owner module: 8
        properties:
                alsa.card = "1"
                alsa.card_name = "HD-Audio Generic"
                alsa.long_card_name = "HD-Audio Generic at 0xf6700000 irq 56"
                alsa.driver_name = "snd_hda_intel"
                device.bus_path = "pci-0000:08:00.4"
                sysfs.path = "/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:08.1/0000:08:00.4/sound/card1"
                device.bus = "pci"
                device.vendor.id = "1022"
                device.vendor.name = "Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD]"
                device.product.id = "1487"
                device.product.name = "Starship/Matisse HD Audio Controller"
                device.string = "1"
                device.description = "Starship/Matisse HD Audio Controller"
                module-udev-detect.discovered = "1"
                device.icon_name = "audio-card-pci"
        profiles:
                input:analog-stereo: Analog Stereo Input (priority 65, available: no)
                output:analog-stereo: Analog Stereo Output (priority 6500, available: no)
                output:analog-stereo+input:analog-stereo: Analog Stereo Duplex (priority 6565, available: no)
                output:iec958-stereo: Digital Stereo (IEC958) Output (priority 5500, available: unknown)
                output:iec958-stereo+input:analog-stereo: Digital Stereo (IEC958) Output + Analog Stereo Input (priority 5565, available: no)
                off: Off (priority 0, available: unknown)
        active profile: <output:iec958-stereo>
        sinks:
                alsa_output.pci-0000_08_00.4.iec958-stereo/#1: Starship/Matisse HD Audio Controller Digital Stereo (IEC958)
        sources:
                alsa_output.pci-0000_08_00.4.iec958-stereo.monitor/#2: Monitor of Starship/Matisse HD Audio Controller Digital Stereo (IEC958)
        ports:
                analog-input-front-mic: Front Microphone (priority 8500, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)
                        properties:
                                device.icon_name = "audio-input-microphone"
                analog-input-rear-mic: Rear Microphone (priority 8200, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)
                        properties:
                                device.icon_name = "audio-input-microphone"
                analog-input-linein: Line In (priority 8100, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)
                        properties:

                analog-output-lineout: Line Out (priority 9000, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)
                        properties:

                analog-output-headphones: Headphones (priority 9900, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)
                        properties:
                                device.icon_name = "audio-headphones"
                iec958-stereo-output: Digital Output (S/PDIF) (priority 0, latency offset 0 usec, available: unknown)
                        properties: