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Old 04-08-2010, 09:41 AM
 
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Just bought a PC mic, haven't had in awhile - very simple thing here; just plugged into the mic plug in the back of the PC.

But when I try just a test using Audacity (edit/recording program) the volume is so low it's barely audible when I'm yelling and very close to the mic...and I have all volume controls/outputs maxed. It's FAR FAR lower than the "normal" volume (eg of any computer sound, if I play a .wav or .mp3 etc etc). Any idea why?

Doubting but thinking just maybe it's the s/w, I tried the sound recording accessory that comes with Vista - same thing, I all but yell into the mic, am right up next to it, but it's barely audible.

I doubt it matters but the model is a Logitech 600 - a low-end mic for sure, but I'm not asking for staggering quality or booming voice, just normal levels. ?
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:56 AM
 
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Are you sure you're not plugged into the "Input In" plug instead of the "Mic" plug?

It sounds like the port is expecting the input to be powered, and what you've plugged in is not.

There might be a setting for the audio hardware to specify if the mic is powered or unpowered.
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:31 AM
 
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Yes, make sure the mic is plugged into the pink jack on the back of the system, assuming your jacks are color-coded.

Also, there are usually mic level adjustments for both recording and playback (i.e. realtime). Make sure you are adjusting the right controls - for debug purposes, set both to max.

Finally, there should be a 10dB or 20dB mic boost button in the mic properties box. Try enabling this if it is not already enabled. This is used to compensate for mics with low gain.
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:34 PM
 
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Combo of the boost button and volume within mic controls (control panel) worked. Thanks!
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