Is it possible to adjust the recorded system volume? I try to record my voice but the system sound is much louder than my voice w/ boos.

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I try to record my voice through a microphone but the system sound is so much louder than my voice input when I go to look at the footage. Is it possible to make the system sound quieter without also changing my voices volume? Camtasia 9.
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Brian Nystrom

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You should be able to separate the system audio track from the video and reduce its volume. Also, check the mic (recording) settings in Windows and any volume controls on the mic itself. It could be that you're recording your voice at a lower level than is ideal. 
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As bnystrom said, you can separate the system recording into audio and video (just right click on the track and select "Separate Audio and Video) then play clicky-clicky draggy draggy on the green line until you get it to not quite where you want it to be, then give up on it.

It will, however, lower the level of the system sound.

That said, I would suggest something else which is slightly more time consuming (only slightly) but is in my humble opinion well worth it.

The audio management features in Camtasia are... well, I don't think it is unfair to describe them as being "pathetic". From the audio level of 5 that blows your ears off and can barely to be adjusted, to the audio points which have no keyboard shortcut and often can't be moved without the manual dexterity of a neurosurgeon, nothing about it is particularly good.

There is a free audio editing program called Audacity. Once I'm done with a recording, I export my narration audio (not the system audio) to a .wav (important: don't use .mp3) and load it into Audacity.

There I apply compression and normalisation (plus a couple of other tweaks under equalisation), export it (again as a .wav) and re-import it into Camtasia.

Not only does it sound a lit better than the original, it has tweaked the volume so that it's much more realistic and is no longer drowned out by the system audio (an issue which I also have a problem with.)

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You can achieve this through Windows.

Go into control panel.  Lower the volume input to the Camtasia Recorder for System Audio.

You will find you need to turn it down a lot to get the results yo are looking for. Expect to turn it down to a level below 20.
Do a few brief test recordings until you find the proper setting.

You need the recorder on for the setting to be available.It doesn't have to be running but it has to be opened.
If you cannot see the adjustment, its probably hidden and you need to grab the slider expose it.

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It's good advice but the problem I've found is that no matter how its set it will tend to "drift" over time; what's good now may not be good a couple of weeks from now.

In the end I just gave up on trying to hit a moving target and adjust my voice track instead... which is even worse at consistency and is vastly improved by washing it through Audacity anyway.