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Windows 7: Microphone issue (Too quiet, even on max settings)

19 Apr 2011   #21

Windows 7 Ultimate X64

I don't know what exactly problem is but
I have problem like this but when I use my old microphone problem solved(Some systems can't work good with pro microphone cause some computers can't give microphone enough voltage)
today I check It again and I understand my old microphone works better than the others

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23 Apr 2011   #22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

So the voltage is thing is related with the power supply in PC?
Because I bought a usb condenser mic and the USB is meant to power it with 48v phantom power..but the input/gain is really low, however if it was phantom power the mic wouldn't work at all. I also tried another operating system on an older computer and same problem..So I guess it is the microphone though as it is a common issue after some Googling..However there is a volume problem that lies within Windows 7 as you may have found in this section of the forum
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23 Apr 2011   #23

Windows 7 64bit

[QUOTE=Coldout;1321671]I have had this issue a while. Have tried everything.

I thought it must be an issue with my motherboard. So today decided to get a sound card. Picked one up Audigy SE. Plugged it in, disabled on board. Still low mic Volume. Googled and ended up here, which is cool as I use these forums a lot.

It has to be a Windows 7 issue. We need some fix that would allow us to slide that Mic Boost greater than 30db. 100db boost would be cool. I have no idea how to do that though.

Just googling a bit and found lots of people having this issue, but then I searched these forums.
This thread has been hit up 15k times on and this one Microphone volume too low near 40,000 times. SO that makes it definitely not something we are doing wrong or faulty equipment but rather something is up with Windows 7, 64bit if not 32bit too. Yet they seem unaware of the issue. We need to start letting them know about it.[/QUOTE]

Why? When was the last time you ever heard of a company this big admit to fault or wrong doing?
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27 Apr 2011   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate X64

First about Boosting I have to say more boost makes quality very bad(I recommend never use boost at all)
Windows 7 have problem but faulty equipment will make many problem too(I had problem like this My problem was from my equipment,my new microphone needed more voltage than my old microphone so I used old one)
please change you microphone too(Voltage is important)
notebooks needs microphone with lower voltage
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14 Feb 2012   #25

Windows 7

since this topic is still first hit for me in google, forgive me if i res with a new post
i had same problem on windows7 64-bit, Realtek integrated soundcard, Asus P8 motherboard
Asus dont have new driver for it, but from Realtek you can get a new 64-bit driver, what solved the problem, and got very loud mic
you can search it on the Realtek or try this link
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14 Feb 2012   #26

Windows 7 Professional x64


Thanks for the update. I just installed 2.67 release of the Realtek drivers, but it made no difference to my mic recording level.

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28 Apr 2012   #27


This problem is occurring for me too and I want to stab myself in the eye because that sounds more appealing that formatting and giving up. This is NOT a settings option but most likely a inf or driver file that windows update replaced at some point that has the default setting for all input devices included within it but because it no longer is correlated to the audio settings due to a new reference point being used to store this information it cannot be changed. KABOOM
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02 May 2012   #28

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

I think one of the main problems with the Windoze 7 and microphones/ skyping is indeed Windoze 7 itself.

My main PC was running XP Pro for many years with even some of the same hardware, without any problems.

Cleanly installed w7 [chose 32bit as 64 bit is just dreadful for hardware] and now I too have audio troubles.
I have the Creative X-fi xtreme audio, which was a disaster to begin with , but after the third format and install of w7, now works. [no audio console though so bass management over my 5.1 is very heavy on bass, but the issue like others is the damn microphone. Using the front panel to connect the mic, I used the realtec then the HD audio link, which offer no difference. Mic boost is now fully on, but I have to nearly eat the mic to be heard. MS or Creative drivers make no difference.

The other daft thing is , I recently bought a Toshiba NB520 duel core netbook, which, yep runs W7 too. On the box it says 'designed to run SKYPE', however skype collapses under a call, and says the pc is running too slowely to make a call. DUH!
Mind you, no mic troubles with that, if only I couold use it.

So I'm going to buy another mic today, but I fail to see it make any difference at all.

Has anyone yet come up with a solution to this massively affecting problem or is it like typically MS software is , well still as usual INCOMPLETE and only compatible with HP's and Smells [sorry DELLS]
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24 Oct 2012   #29

Windows 7 Home premium x64
An answer at last

I know this is an old post but on the off chance some are still looking I found a work around of sorts.
First this is a Win 7 issue and MS are ignoring it in favor of Win 8. However I found a post that at least makes my mike loud enough for Dragon to hear which before was problematic at best. The recommendation is to download ASIO4ALL - Universal ASIO Driver For WDM Audio from ASIO4ALL - Universal ASIO Driver it's a driver that boosts input of USB devices and is inactive unless a USB audio in or out device is in use. The second part of it suggests installing the Kristal Audio Engine to use as a 'mixer' and explains how. I haven't done that as the driver itself seems to work without tweeking for me but you may want to to it. The full link to that post is
How can i get lightsnake to work with windows 7 - JustAnswer

Good luck!
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25 Oct 2012   #30

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
I fixed it by turning off Disable All Sound Effects

Hi fellow sufferers.

I also reinstalled RealTek HD drivers to no avail. By a process of elimination using Sound Recorder, I found that if you leave Disable All Sound Effects unticked, it brought back the levels, and if you deslect all the effects it reduced the distortion to a useable level. I have level on 100 with no boost. Windows speech recognition is now working fine on the built-in microphone (from two feet away) and also with a cheap (one pound) desk mic. With the effects on, it sounds like it was going through a phaser effect and very distorted. This sounds exactly like other users' descriptions.

My fix is to leave Disable All Sound Effects unticked on the mic properties enhancements tab:

Microphone issue (Too quiet, even on max settings)-disableallsoundeffects.jpg

This is not tested on another system so please get back to me if you can confirm it or need more information. Turning on any of the effects just distorts the sound so I am wondering if that is indeed a driver problem.

BTW If you can't see all your microphones, look for the setting Separate all input jacks as independent input devices under Device Advanced Settings at the top right of the RealTek HD Audio Manager in Control Panel, Hardware and Sound.

Hope this helps someone else.

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