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Windows 7: Is there any way to select/force a sample rate under 44100Hz?

16 Jun 2013   #1
BazookaSteve

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Is there any way to select/force a sample rate under 44100Hz?

Hello. I am running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and seem to have problems with my microphone volume. Despite trying most everything, it is still very quiet despite trying both my motherboard and sound card ports, and this problem persists across microphones. To the best of my knowledge it appears to be an operating system problem. I came across one solution in which the problem might be fixed if the sample rate of the microphone is lowered to somewhere around 16000Hz. The person proposing the solution attached this image, which shows options below 44100Hz, the lowest option I can select:



I am currently using an ASUS Xonar DG sound card, but I still have the same problem and options with the motherboard ports. Any advice?


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16 Jun 2013   #2
fireberd

Windows 7/10 64 bit
 
 

I have a recording studio. I do not use anything lower than 16 bit 44.1Khz for audio.

There are many theories (unproven) to do or correct things floating around the internet. This is one that I would be leery of. Setting a different sample rate or frequency will not change the volume level.

First question. Since you have a separate sound card, do you have the on-board (integrated) audio disabled in the BIOS? If not, that is a first step. Having both enabled can cause conflicts and problems. Same way if you try the on-board with the ASUS (or whatever) sound card still installed.

The example you show (pictures) shows the user only having the generic basic function Windows "High Definition Audio" instead of the correct sound card drivers. This can present its own set of problems.
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16 Jun 2013   #3
BazookaSteve

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I disabled on-board audio in the BIOS to no avail. I am also using the correct drivers for my soundcard, which is an ASUS Xonar DG (version PCI-DG-111007-7.12.8.1794, which is dated late 2011 and is the most recent driver to the best of my knowledge.)
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16 Jun 2013   #4
fireberd

Windows 7/10 64 bit
 
 

What programs have you tried the mic with? Also, since you have the separate sound card, do you have the front panel headphone/jack connection to the ASUS card or is it still connected to the motherboard? If the front panel is connected to the ASUS, have you tried the mic connection on the rear ASUS I/O?
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16 Jun 2013   #5
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

One small problem. If that screen shot is yours, you don't actually have the driver for the card installed. It is showing 3 microphones and all of them are showing as "high definition audio device", which indicates that it is using the default Windows audio driver. This is what you should be seeing if you have the proper driver installed,

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As far as what driver to use for it, I have used nothing but this set on my DGX (PCI-E version of your card),

UNi Xonar Drivers official page

with zero issues.


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16 Jun 2013   #6
BazookaSteve

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
What programs have you tried the mic with? Also, since you have the separate sound card, do you have the front panel headphone/jack connection to the ASUS card or is it still connected to the motherboard? If the front panel is connected to the ASUS, have you tried the mic connection on the rear ASUS I/O?
I believe that the front jack also goes to the sound card, although my front microphone jack is not working.

@stormy13, I do have my drivers installed and they show up properly on my sound devices, that original picture is not mine.
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16 Jun 2013   #7
fireberd

Windows 7/10 64 bit
 
 

Did the mic ever work correctly?

Will the mic work OK on a different PC?
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