How You Can Make Your Mic Louder

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How Do I Increase My Mic Volume?

Finding the right microphone for your needs can be a daunting task on your own. But the whole experience can be made a lot easier with some advice from the pros.

We’ve broken down the microphone selection process into four easy steps. Following these steps and talking to the right people can save you a lot of time and hassle when it comes to shopping for the right microphone for you.

Step 1: Determine the purpose for your microphone

Different styles of microphones have different uses.

If you’re trying to record live audio, you should use a mic with a cardioid or diaid pickup pattern. These include microphones like the Rode NT1A or the Shure SM-57.

If you will be recording instruments, vocals, or amps, you should use a dynamic microphone or a condenser microphone. Condenser microphones are more popular because of their higher quality audio and versatility.

Condenser microphones are the popular choice for vocals and instruments, but dynamic microphones are still a favorite for recording more intense sounds like drums and guitars. Dynamic microphones are generally less expensive and more durable as well.

How Do I Boost My Mic's Volume On Windows 10?

The answer to the question depends on what program you're using with your mic, and what you'd like to do.

The first thing you should do if you've just installed your mic and aren't sure about the initial volume is go to the Windows Sound Settings. By going to Control Panel and then selecting Sound in the left panel, clicking the playback tab and then the advanced button, you'll see a drop-down menu that lets you view the current volume at which your mic is turning.

That menu is also where you'll be able to change your mic's volume. You could boost it up there, but if you still want more, click the microphone icon (the green circle with the horizontal line is what it looks like) for the input device you're using, and then click Properties. In the window that appears, you'll find another drop-down menu that gives you more options for the input device, including the ability to boost the volume beyond the initial Windows volume.

If you need to boost the volume for voice chat while you're playing a game or while you're recording, you can increase the slider here, but you'll also want to check the Playback and Recording options under Default Device Properties: Playback and Recording tabs. There you can control things like how long recordings are stored and if a recording device should be automatically selected by Windows. Those settings will only apply to applications that support those options.

What Do I Do If My Microphone Volume Is Still Low?

The number one culprit that makes the microphone volume low is a bad audio cable. Check if the audio cable is damaged in any way.

Check both ends of the cable – the end that connects to the laptop and the one that connects to the microphone. If the cable is damaged, buy a new one and try recording again.

Another culprit is a low signal. If you are recording at low volumes in the Windows Sound Mixer, try to increase the signal level there. For Windows 7 users, here are steps for increasing the volume:

Go to Start>Control Panel>Sounds>Speakers.

Select the playback tab and make sure that all the levels are increasing. Double check that the microphone slider is all the way up. It is called the Microphone Boost and it is usually towards the very top of the slider.

For Windows XP users:

Go to Start>Control Panel>Sounds and Audio Devices.

Go to the recording tab. Here you can set the levels for the microphone separately from the other speakers. Be sure that the microphone levels are turned up enough to make the graph reach the green area.

If adjusting the Windows Sound Mixer levels does not help, it is possible that the computer is not getting any signal coming from the microphone. To check this, plug a pair of headphones into your computer. Start playing a video or audio clip and see if you can hear it.