Question Issue with USB audio capture - driver or hardware?

Sep 15, 2019
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Hi everyone,

I'm hoping to get some insight into this issue, I've searched google with no solution.

I use my laptop to record audio from tapes and vinyl on occasion, and my old laptop had a dedicated 3.5mm line in jack which worked great with Cool Edit or Audacity.
Unfortunately, that laptop bit the dust the other day, so I went an got a new one. It seems that the new trend is to have a single 3.5mm jack for headphones and a headset, but doesn't work for line in audio.

No worries, I thought. I have a USB composite video capture device. I hook that up, and it does work for audio. It installs as "USB2.0 Mic".
View: https://imgur.com/GZJ4wRw


The problem is, it records was too loud and the recordings sound like over-driven flaming garbage. I try to adjust the mic level in Control Panel. but it does nothing. There's no microphone boost option to adjust either.
View: https://imgur.com/pf0AfXu


In my research, I found that it might be related to not having updated/correct drivers for Realtek HD audio. And I read that there are issues with R282 of this driver for Windows 10, so I uninstall everything related to Realtek, and install R281. I also uninstall everything related to HP audio. Now I have the Realtek HD audio manager, but it doesn't give me any options for this USB mic device.
View: https://imgur.com/naFB0Su


In Audacity, there's an option for microphone recording level, but this doesn't do anything to the volume of the input either.

Is there another driver that I can use that will recognize this device better and give me more control over the volume?
It came with some weird Chinese capture software that I never used. I did try installing that driver too, but it made no difference so I removed it.
Or do I need a different piece of hardware entirely? I'm not doing professional level stuff here.

My system:
HP 15-dy0008ca with Intel I3 processor
Windows 10 home
el-cheapo UVC composite USB capture device: View: https://imgur.com/zle4YmQ


Thanks!
 

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