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Windows 7: Increasing mic volume over 100%?

15 Jan 2013   #1

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Increasing mic volume over 100%?

My mic is at 100% and it is working perfectly fine and everyone can hear me. However, at night time I have to talk really quiet or else my parents will wake up and get very mad. Talking this quiet however, nobody can hear me.

Is there some way or some program that can increase the mic volume over 100% so I can talk quietly at night time and the people I'm talking to can hear me?


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15 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What program are you using to talk to your friends?
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15 Jan 2013   #3

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

I'm using Skype to talk to my friends. I'm also using the Steelseries USB Soundcard which is at 100% and with microphone boost turned on.
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15 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Try updating your Audio Driver from Device Manager.
  • Right click on computer
  • Manage
  • Click on device manager located on left pane,
  • Right click on SOUND, VIDEO AND GAME CONTROLLER (collapse it) update driver search automatically
If updating the driver does not help try with uninstalling the Audio driver and install updated driver again, configure Mic again and test the issue.

If that fails look at following thread:
windows 7 - Microphone volume at maximum yet too quiet - Super User
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15 Jan 2013   #5

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

This isn't an issue with the audio driver. The driver works perfectly fine. What I'm trying to do is increase the mic volume beyond the max of the settings in the audio driver if that is possible.

Is there some program or something that can do that?
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15 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I went via Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Manage Audio Devices to get to the Sound panel.

I then selected Playback > Speakers > Enhancements and made sure everything was un-checked.
I then selected Playback > Speakers > Advanced and un-checked 'Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device'

I went to Recording > Microphone > Listen and ensured 'Listen to this device' was unchecked.
I went to Levels and ensured the Microphone level was at 100% and the Boost was at +10db
I went into Enhancements and ensured everything was un-checked.
I then into Advanced and un-checked 'Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device'

And finally I went into the Communications tab of the Sound panel, and changed 'When windows detects communications activity' to 'Do nothing'
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16 Jan 2013   #7

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Everything is already set to what you said. There is nothing wrong with talking normally during the day. I just want to be able to to talk really quietly at night and have it sound like I'm talking at a normal volume.
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16 Jan 2013   #8

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601
 
 

Probably the only thing you can do is buy a amplified mic that runs on batteries not sure on the price but probably cost more than $20.00 for a half decent one
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