Debian ALSA microphone problems

I made my minimal install of debian with KDE. i use ALSA. also like my previous install couple of months back...surprise surprise...my mic isn't working!
i am using the front jack (front mic). so what worked for me might also work for you:

fire up alsamixer from the terminal by typing

next fire up another terminal and the arecord loopback so you can hear actually what your motherfucking mic is receiving:
arecord | aplay

here are my playback settings (click to enlarge the pic :) ):