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Whether it’s a personal or professional project, microphones are an essential tool if you’re looking to record audio. Unfortunately, it can be tough to get your recordings to sound crisp and clear. If you’re using an external microphone, try making a few tweaks to the physical placement of your equipment, and checking the input settings. For those using a smartphone microphone, aim to make a few small adjustments. It only takes a few minutes to get cleaner, more professional-sounding audio from your recording equipment!

How to make your computer’s microphone sound better

Tip You can always use blankets, coats, or other soft objects to cover hard corners that are causing echoes.

How to make your computer’s microphone sound better

How to make your computer’s microphone sound better

Did you know? If you’re trying to make a mini recording studio in your home, try using a longer, expandable mic stand.

Last Updated October 5, 2020

Your audio quality is arguably the most important feature of your Twitch stream. If you have popping sounds, are too quiet or loud, or just sound really bad, most viewers won’t stick around to see how you play. Instead, they will check out other streamers and join other communities.

You can’t see or hear when your audio is bad while you are streaming, so it is a good idea to make sure it is set up correctly in advance. The good news is, that just a little understanding about how your mic works can make all the difference in how you sound to your viewers.

Invest in a Good Mic

While the tips in this article will be good for any type of mic, it is a good idea to invest a small amount into a decent USB mic if you intend to take your streaming career seriously. Your sound quality is extremely important to your channel and using a webcam mic or a headset mic are not designed for content creation. They are designed for quick calls between co-workers or friends and can’t offer the same quality as even a basic USB mic.

In the film industry, we have the saying, “60% of your film is audio.” When it comes to Twitch, this can go up to 100% as people will listen to you as they walk around the house or play other games. Here are three basic USB microphones that are affordable and will improve your sound quality:

AT2020+

HyperX QuadCast

Blue Yeti

How to Improve Your Audio on OBS or Streamlabs OBS

In order to improve your audio, you will need to first listen back so that you can diagnose the issues. Here’s what you should do:

Step 1: You will need to open OBS or SLOBS to turn on the monitor feature for your microphone and start speaking.

Step 2: Open advanced audio settings from your mixer.

Step 3: Change your microphone monitoring to “monitor only” or “monitor and output” if you are recording your audio through the process.

Step 4: At this point, you should be able to hear yourself in your own headphones. Make sure that you are speaking at the mic properly as it can sometimes be difficult to know where to speak in a condenser USB mics, so it is important to find where you sound the best or loudest.

Step 5: Level your mic on your desktop before leveling it on your broadcasting software. Go onto your PC settings, then the sound tab. Select your microphone, then go to device properties. Start to level the volume and listen to yourself as you make adjustments.

Step 6: After you have leveled your desktop, open your streaming software and level your mic volume there. Try to aim for the “yellow” bar as the green can be too quiet and red is too loud.

How to Use Filters to Improve Your Twitch Audio

There are three filters that can really improve the audio of your stream. These are the following:

  • Noise suppression – can pick up sounds such as fans in your stream room and remove it from the sounds being picked up on your mic.
  • Limiter – this will limit how loud you can be. You set up your max audio sound and the limiter will ensure that you don’t peak above that. This will protect your viewer’s ear drums.
  • Noise gate – this will make sure that your mic doesn’t pick up sound unless a certain loudness is hit. It is different from noise suppression in that your mic will not pick up anything until something is loud enough, whereas the suppression just quiets a certain steady sound in the background.

To add these filters, click on your microphone settings on your broadcasting software and pick “filters” from the options. Turn on each filter you need and adjust the settings until your audio sounds better.

How to Mix Your Stream Audio for Professional Results

While mixing your audio can be tricky and confusing at first, it is a very important aspect of streaming that every broadcaster needs to learn. While you won’t be able to use the monitoring process you used earlier, you can record yourself playing the game, listening to your Twitch royalty-free music, and speaking into your mic so that you can play it back later.

While you are recording, play with your mixer settings so that you have an idea of what sounds best when you are done with the experiment. You will typically want to have your game audio quieter than your mic and your background music quieter than your game.

Once you find a good mix, keep track of your settings so that you can make minute changes in the future.

Conclusion

Audio is one of the most important features of any stream on Twitch. I hope the above tips helped you toward creating a higher quality show next time you go live.

With working from home becoming increasingly prevalent, the ability to talk with colleagues over a computer is especially important.

But there are often communication issues with online chats, and you should know your way around quick fixes in case technical difficulties arise. For this reason, Windows 10 has an easy way for you to adjust your microphone volume when others can’t hear you.

Here’s how to do it.

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How to increase your mic volume on Windows 10

1. Right-click the Sounds icon in the bottom bar of your desktop. It looks like a single speaker.

2. Click on the “Recording devices” tab when the Sounds window opens.

3. You’ll see your internal microphone plus any other microphones installed. The top microphone should be your default internal mic.

4. Right click on that microphone and scroll down to “Properties” in the right-click menu. You could also click on “Properties” at the bottom of the pop-up.

5. In the properties pop-up, click on the “Levels” tab. This will show you the mic volume and boost sliders.

6. Grab the top slider to raise the volume.

7. Grab the bottom slider to raise Microphone Boost — though be careful with this one, it may actually make it harder for others to hear you. Test it with someone first to make sure.

8. Click on Apply and then OK at the bottom to confirm the new volume. If the “Apply” button doesn’t show itself available, likely the changes will be confirmed just by clicking on “OK.”

You don’t need to be a professional audio engineer to record narration. However, you do want to pay attention to what you’re doing and do the best job possible. Last week, we looked at some basic tips to record high-quality audio. Those tips leaned more on the technology. Today we’ll look at what you can do to get the best narration. I also added some tips from last week’s comments section.

How to make your computer’s microphone sound better

1. Place your microphone in the right position.

If you place the microphone too close, you get that distorted clipping sound; and if you have it too far from the narrator, you pick up more ambient noise with the audio being less discernible.

By setting the microphone 6 to 12 inches from the narrator you’ll get a crisp clear voice. Also, make sure the microphone’s not right next to the computer so it doesn’t pick up the fan noise. Scooter also recommended keeping your mic cord away from your power cord.

2. Record a demo to make sure it all sounds right.

A few years ago I was videotaping one of our executives. While he was rambling on I noticed that the mic was turned off. After he was finished, I told that it sounded great and now we’d do it for real. He wasn’t too happy.

Record a quick demo to make sure that everything is working as it should. Also, I recommend shutting down other applications that are not necessary at that moment. I’ve been doing this stuff for years and it never fails that when you work with multimedia you put a strain on your computer’s resources which can impact your recording session.

3. Listen to the audio playback with headphones.

Headphones help isolate the audio and you’ll be able to hear any problems with the narration better than if you listen with speakers. This is especially true if you’re using a laptop because their speakers tend to be subpar and kind of tinny.

4. Don’t get distracted with animations and annotations.

If you’re recording your audio using the rapid elearning software odds are that you’re also syncing animations and annotations with it. I tend to get distracted trying to time the animations with the narration and it is noticeable in my narration.

I usually record the narration first, and then go back and sync the animations. This helps me focus on capturing the best narration possible without being distracted trying to time the animations.

5. Make sure your script is conversational and easy to read.

Practice reading it a few times to make sure it flows right. Look for words or phrases where you might stumble while recording.

As far as the actual script, some people read from the computer screen. I prefer printing out the script. If you do too, don’t squeeze everything into a tight paragraph with an 8 point font. Leave enough white space so it’s easy on the eyes. Also, make sure that the room is well lit so that the script can easily be read.

In the comments section, Dana Thomas makes a good point about where to place the script while recording. That’s a major consideration, because you want to be comfortable while reading.

6. Stand up while recording.

You’ll feel more energized and be able to breathe better. If you do sit, don’t slouch. Sit up straight and keep your chin out. Don’t let it drop to your chest.

7. Don’t ad-lib.

Stick to the script and don’t ad-lib. Odds are that you’ll have to do multiple takes. If you ad-lib, you’ll rarely have the same break points for editing. Sticking with the script lets you follow along with the audio and find a common edit point on re-takes.

8. Have plenty of liquids available.

Keep your vocal chords hydrated with clear liquids like water or a mild tea. Someone once told me to keep it at room temperature rather than cold. Avoid coffee, carbonated beverages, and milk products.

9. Get rid of the plosives.

Plosives are consonant sounds that create the famous “popping p’s.” You can buy shields that sit in front of your mic to block out the offending sound. It’s easy enough to build one yourself using a wire ring and panty hose. Here’s a great tutorial to build your own mic screen.

Kat Keesling has some good tips for getting rid of the plosives. Many of the comments suggested that you speak over the mic rather into to avoid pushing air onto the mic.

10. Record 10 seconds of silence.

By recording some silence, you have a way to sample just the ambient noise and use a noise removal process to filter it out later. If you happen to have ambient noise (like an air conditioner) you’ll be able to filter some of that out. I’ve also used the ambient noise as a way to fill in gaps of silence so that the audio edits are a bit more seamless.

11. Relax and don’t rush your words.

Practice reading the script. Create a conversational tone. Pretend like you’re talking to someone rather than just reading a script. If you mess up, leave a noticeable pause and keep on going. It’s easy enough to cut the error out of the audio.

12. Mark your retakes.

If you do multiple takes or start and stop, leave some sort of marker. A good simple way to do this is to leave about 5 seconds of silence (so that it’s easy to find when you look at the wave form) and then indicate what it is, like “slide four, take two…”

13. Dampen the sound.

There were some good comments on dampening the sound behind the narrator to avoid the audio bouncing into the microphone rather than dampening the sound in front. That makes sense to me. Sonnie recommended using two pillows. If it works for assassins who can quiet gunshots, there’s no reason it can’t work for you.

Shane also suggested the “foam-brero” to diffuse the ambient sound coming from behind you. To assist Shane and those who might interested in giving this a shot, I have provided instructions on how to create your own foam somb
rero.

How to make your computer’s microphone sound better

Other good resources and recommendations from the previous post’s comments section:

Two free applications that could come in handy:

  • Audacity for audio recording and editing.
  • Levelator to adjust the audio levels in your narration.

These tips will help you get started recording audio narration like a pro. If you have any other suggestions or tips, feel free to share them by clicking on the comments link.

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Participate in the weekly e-learning challenges to sharpen your skills

Lots of cool e-learning examples to check out and find inspiration.

Getting Started? This e-learning 101 series and the free e-books will help.

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If you have the right equipment, you can use your Windows 10 PC to record decent audio. What you may not know is you can use it to broadcast audio as well. You don’t need special hardware for it. Your built-in mic and speakers ought to do the trick unless you’re going for exceptionally good sound quality. Here’s how you can output mic sound to speakers on Windows 10.

Mic sound to speakers

You can do this for a mic/speaker combo device like the built-in mic and speakers or you can mix and match, and use your built-in mic with external speakers, wired or Bluetooth. The choice is yours.

Connect the devices you want to use to broadcast sound and then right-click the speaker icon in the system tray. From the context menu, select Sounds.

On the Sounds window that opens, go to the Playback devices tab. Here, select the speakers that you want to output sound to, and set them as default. To set the speakers as default, right-click them and select the Set as default device option.

How to make your computer’s microphone sound better

Next, go to the Recording tab and select the mic you want to speak/broadcast from. Make sure that it is set as the default recording device before you proceed. The process for setting a default mic is the same as that for speakers; right-click it and select Set as default from the context menu.

With the mic set as default, and selected in the list of Recording devices, click the Properties button at the bottom. On the Properties window for the mic, go to the Listen tab. Here, enable the Listen to this device option. Click Apply, and OK. Any and all sound picked up by your mic will be output to your speakers.

How to make your computer’s microphone sound better

It goes without saying that you may experience some distortion or interference, especially if the mic and speakers are in close proximity to each other. Feedback from your mic may be picked up by your speakers and there won’t be any filtering out the background noise. This is because you’re not using any app to transmit the audio. You’ve basically connected your mic to your speakers with nothing in between.

To improve the voice quality that’s picked up by your mic, and heard by your speakers, you can look for apps that are specifically built for recording/broadcasting audio. The built-in voice recording on Windows 10 will not do the trick. Not only is it basic, it also doesn’t do anything to improve sound.

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Whether you’re video conferencing with colleagues, chatting with friends, or recording content for public consumption, audio recording quality is always important. Here’s how to get a crisp, clear, audio recording and minimize background noise on a Windows PC.

Basic Tips for Clear Audio Recording

Before you dig into software features, you should follow some basic best practices for clearer audio recording. Here are a few quick tips:

  • Wear Headphones: If your microphone is picking up noise from your speakers, put on headphones to eliminate the echo.
  • Use a Dedicated Microphone or Headset: Many laptops have pretty low-quality built-in microphones. Sure, they work, but that’s about all that can be said for them. Try plugging a dedicated microphone or headset into your PC.
  • Eliminate or Move Away From Background Noise: Close windows, move away from air vents, go to less noisy rooms, close applications that are causing your laptop’s fans to whirr, move your microphone farther away from your mouth so other people can’t hear your breathing, and generally think about how you can avoid noises. Consider trading out that noisy mechanical keyboard for something quieter while on calls. Consider muting yourself on the call while you’re not speaking, too.

How to Enable Noise Reduction in Windows

Like Windows 7 before it, Windows 10 offers some integrated microphone options that will help with microphone background noise. The exact options available will depend on the sound hardware in your PC and your manufacturer’s audio drivers.

These options are found in the traditional Control Panel. They aren’t available in the new Settings app. To find them, open the Control Panel from the Start menu and head to Hardware and Sound > Sound.

How to make your computer’s microphone sound better

Click the “Recording” tab in the Sound window, select your microphone device, and click “Properties.”

How to make your computer’s microphone sound better

Click the “Levels” tab. If you’re dealing with background noise, try lowering the Microphone Boost option—perhaps to +10.0 dB instead of +20.dB. This makes the microphone more sensitive, which means it will have an easier time hearing you, but it will also pick up more background noises.

After reducing the microphone boost option, try setting microphone volume all the way to 100. If you lower the boost setting and the microphone is quieter, increasing the volume here will make it easier for people to hear you.

After changing some settings, click “Apply” and test your microphone again to see if it helped things.

How to make your computer’s microphone sound better

Finally, click over to the “Enhancements” tab. This tab may not be available—it depends on your PC’s audio hardware and drivers.

If there’s a “Noise Suppression” or “Noise Cancellation” option, enable it. Other options here may also help reduce background noise—for example, on the PC we tested this on, there was an “Acoustic Echo Cancellation” option that would help reduce echo caused by speakers if you’re not wearing headphones.

Click “OK” to save your changes and close the window.

How to make your computer’s microphone sound better

Use Noise-Cancelling Software or Features

Popular communications tools are gaining increasingly sophisticated noise-canceling features that work on calls. Some software programs promise to remove background noise while recording any application on your PC. Here are some tools you can use:

  • Google Meet: Google added noise cancellation to Google Meet on April 22, 2020. Google Meet will automatically filter out background noise.
  • Zoom: Zoom has built-in background noise suppression that’s enabled by default. To check these options, open Zoom’s settings window from its menu, select “Audio” in the sidebar, and click the “Advanced” button. You’ll see the “Suppress Persistent Background Noise,” “Suppress Intermittent Background Noise,” and “Echo cancellation” features. These audio-processing features are all set to “Auto” by default, but you can disable them or tune them to be more or less aggressive.

How to make your computer’s microphone sound better

  • NVIDIA RTX Voice: With the NVIDIA RTX Voice application installed, you can activate a “Remove Background Noise” feature that uses machine learning and the power of an NVIDIA GPU to remove background noise from your microphone in any application on your system. According to NVIDIA, this software only works on systems with NVIDIA RTX GPUs. However, Ars Technica reports that it can work on PCs with older NVIDIA graphics hardware as well.
  • Discord: Discord now has a built-in noise suppression feature powers by Krisp.ai. To enable it while voice chatting, click the Noise Suppression button at the bottom left of Discord’s sidebar and activate “Noise Suppression.”

How to make your computer’s microphone sound better

Krisp.ai, available in Discord for free, also offers a software product that can enable noise cancellation in any application—like NVIDIA’s RTX Voice software, but for PCs without any. It has a free tier that offers 120 minutes of noise cancellation for free every week, but you’ll have to pay $3.33 per month after that.

Many other video-conferencing applications have built-in noise cancellation features, too. You may be able to configure them from the application’s settings window. If you’re using an ancient video-conferencing tool that doesn’t have built-in noise cancellation, your organization may be better off switching to a modern solution that does.

Consider a Noise-Canceling Microphone

If nothing else works well, you may need a better microphone. Some microphones are designed to filter out or reduce ambient noise. For example, they may have two microphones built in—a primary mic to record your voice and a secondary mic to record ambient noise. They can then filter out the ambient noise. They’re often marketed as “noise-canceling microphones.”

Even if you don’t pick up a microphone designed specifically for that, a better-quality microphone may be a big improvement in audio quality over a built-in laptop microphone or an old headset you had lying around.

Here is a list of best free microphone booster software for Windows. Using these software, you can easily boost the volume of both internal and external microphones. To boost microphone sound, these software use different methods such as increasing the mic sensitivity, using preamplification, using fader gain, etc. Some of these software boost microphone sound on system-level that allows you to use external sound recording software to record boosted sound. In some software, you can boost mic volume and also record sound with ease. After recording the sound, you can save the audio in formats like MP3, MP2, WAV, AAC, etc.

In some of these microphone booster software, you can also view the recorded sound waves on their interface. Plus, you can easily view the difference between boosted and non-boosted sound patterns. Apart from boosting the mic volume, you can also edit sound through some of these microphone boosters. To edit sound, these software offer editing tools like cut sound, split sound, change sound pitch, change sound speed, etc. Plus, various inbuilt sound effects are also present in some of these mic boosters like fade, distortion, bass, treble, echo, etc.

I have included the process to boost microphone volume in the description of each software. You can checkout the steps and detailed feature list in the article.

My Favorite Microphone Booster Software For Windows:

Audacity is my favorite software because it can boost mic volume and also record sound at a time. Plus, it offers a lot of audio editing tools and sound effects which you can use to enhance recorded audio. I also like its ability to save the recorded audio in various audio formats such as WAV, OGG, M4A, FLAC, MP3, etc.

You can also check out the lists of best free Bass Booster, Sound Booster, and Internet Booster software for Windows.

Audacity

How to make your computer’s microphone sound better

Audacity is a free open source audio editing software for Windows, Linux, and MacOS. You can also use it as a microphone booster software. In this software, you can also record sound using an internal or external microphone. During the recording, you can use the Recording Volume slider to increase or decrease the microphone sensitivity. At the maximum level of recording volume, your microphone can even pick minimal sounds. After boosting mic volume, you can start audio recording and view sound waves of captured audio on its interface. By using the Play button, you can immediately listen to the recorded audio.

As this software is primarily an audio editing software, thus you can easily perform various audio editing tasks in it such as audio cutting, adding audio effects, audio speed changer, audio pitch changer, etc.

How to boost microphone volume using Audacity:

  • Launch this software and press the Recording button to start recording the sound.
  • After that, slide the Recording Volume slider towards the right to boost mic volume. You can immediately view the boosted volume level by observing the sound waves.
  • Now, stop the recording whenever you want and use various available audio editing tools to edit the audio, if needed.
  • Lastly, go to File >Export to export the audio in formats like MP3, WAV, OGG, M4A, FLAC, etc.

Additional Features:

  • Analyze: It is a menu that offers many audio analyzing tools (contrast, plot spectrum, find clipping, etc.) through which you can analyze RMS value differences, threshold levels, threshold percentage, etc.
  • Effect: It provides a lot of audio effects which you can easily apply over the audio like auto duck, amplify, distortion, echo, etc.
  • Generate: This tool allows you to generate different types ofNoise, DTMF Tones, Silence, Tones, etc.

Final Thoughts:

It is a feature-rich audio editor plus microphone booster software through which you can do much more than just boosting the microphone volume levels.

Mario doesn’t like the sound of his Windows PC, particularly when watching TV programmes online. What can he do to improve it?

Watching TV programmes on a laptop can be hard on the ears, but there are many ways of improving the sound. Photograph: Wavebreak Media ltd / Alamy/Alamy

Watching TV programmes on a laptop can be hard on the ears, but there are many ways of improving the sound. Photograph: Wavebreak Media ltd / Alamy/Alamy

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What are the best, reasonably inexpensive hardware and/or software solutions to improve a PC’s crappy sound? We find the audio of TV programmes hard on our ears, bass too loud, and the high notes are several db lower than normal due to our age. We use our PCs to listen to classical music as well.

Our operating system is Microsoft Windows 7, default device: Realtek speakers. Our speakers are cheap Creative MF 0055 2.0 Series. Are the standard sound boards that come with most PCs suitable or is a better one required? (We live in Canada and subscribe to the Guardian.) Mario

A PC is a poor source for hi-fi, but that probably doesn’t matter if you mainly want to change the sound to suit your ears. In the long term, I expect you will have to buy better speakers. However, you can start by experimenting with Windows’ settings and, perhaps, some audio utilities.

Sound software

It seems your PC has a Realtek audio chipset on the motherboard – actual sound cards are rare nowadays. You should therefore have Realtek software bundled with Windows 7. To run it, click the Start button and type Realtek in the search box. When Realtek HD Audio Manager comes up, click the name to run it.

When Realtek starts, check that the speaker configuration is set to stereo, then select the tab marked “Sound Effects”. The bottom half of this page offers an equalizer to adjust the different frequencies in the sound, though it will probably be set to “ ”. Look to the right of this box, skip the Reset button, and click on the rectangular button that shows a tiny screen. This is the command to “Change to graphic EQ”.

You should now see a set of sliders that change the loudness at different frequency ranges. To start with, all the sliders will be level, but you can move them to reduce the bass and increase the treble. Click “Save” and “OK” then enter a filename (eg trebletest) to keep the settings, and see how the changes affect the sound. You can fine-tune the settings later, or turn off EQ.

You can also change your PC’s sound by installing a program, such as DFX Audio Enhancer 11.4, which provides a lot of effects. The free version is unbelievably annoying, and doesn’t give you full control of the sliders. However, even if you don’t change any of the pre-sets, it does make a significant difference to the sound. Click to turn off Hyperbass and it may solve your problem with TV programmes. If so, it might be worth paying $29.99 or $39.99 (US dollars) for the full DFX Plus version.

Claesson Edwards Audio’s Breakaway Audio Enhancer is an alternative commercial program ($29.95) with a fully functional trial version. The company serves the professional audio market with much more expensive software, and it doesn’t have versions for Windows 8 or 10.

Active speakers

I think you are using Creative SBS 260 speakers at the moment. These were one of the cheapest on the market ($10 to $20 per pair), and have front-facing bass ports to make them sound bigger than they are. You can do a lot better, but choosing a pair depends on what’s available in Canada.

You don’t need lots of bass, so I’d suggest a traditional pair of wired speakers, with no subwoofer to provide deep bass. For example, consider the Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II 2.0 ($90) or the T40 ($110). These have more powerful amplifiers than the SBS 260, dedicated tweeters for treble performance, and their own volume, bass, and treble controls.

Powered bookshelf speakers are the next step up in quality. Examples include the M-Audio AV30 ($76) and AV32 ($99), Mackie CR Series CR3 ($100), and Cerwin Vega XD3 ($119). These are bigger and can provide better quality sound, but usually lack tone controls.

If you buy powered bookshelf speakers, put them on stands, or cones, or at least use four small balls of Blu-Tack to lift them off the desk.

You could probably get an increase in sound quality by installing a dedicated Creative Sound Blaster card, but I think the built-in Realtek chips are good enough for your purposes. This has been debated endlessly online (see realtek vs soundblaster). However, I think you’d be better off spending your cash on better speakers or a small hi-fi system.

Feed a micro

The last alternative is to feed your PC’s sound output to a small (mini or micro) hi-fi system. I like the Sony, Onkyo and especially the Denon models, but Pioneer and Yamaha also make good systems. All of them include an amplifier with tone controls, FM radio, and usually a CD player in one box, plus a pair of bookshelf speakers. The amplifier should be much better than the ones fitted inside computer speakers.

Something like a Sony Micro CMT-S20 ($120) will do the job, but it lacks two useful features: RCA and S/PDIF input ports. The Sony’s only “audio in” is a 3.5mm jack plug. Better but pricier systems should have more inputs, including RCA phono sockets and one or two optical ports, plus Bluetooth and/or a phone dock.

There are several ways to transfer the sound signal from your PC to the amplifier. The simplest is to use a 3.5mm jack-to-jack cable, or a Y-cable (3.5mm jack-to-twin RCA phono plugs). S/PDIF (from Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format) does the job better, via an electrical or an optical cable.

Check your PC’s manual (online if necessary) to locate the S/PDIF socket on the back panel. You may well find there’s a black plastic plug sticking out. Pull the plug, and if you can see a glowing red socket, then you need an optical cable. Your chosen micro system will also need an optical port.

If you make the connection via a 3.5mm-jack plug, use the green socket on the back of your PC, rather than the headphone socket. Sound levels vary, so make sure the sound is turned down before you play anything.

The micro hi-fi will enable you to play MP3 files and listen to video and TV sound from your PC, with the benefit of physical tone controls. These should help you cope with modern TV directors who drown out dialogue with overblown background music. You will also be able to listen to the radio and play CDs without having your PC turned on.

Finally, micro hi-fis have passed their peak, in terms of popularity, so you can often pick up good systems second hand for little or no money.

The mic on your Windows 10 laptop is an important factor while attending a video conference or online meeting. However, many laptop users often complain about the lower mic sensitivity in Windows 10. You can fix the mic volume low issue on your computer using various methods.

In this article, we will show you how to make your mic louder in Windows 10 and fix some common issues.

Clean the Mic to Increase Volume

Before we mess with the software, it is important to make sure the issue with your mic is not something as trivial as a dust particle blocking the vent. This is very much possible when you’re using the built-in microphone on a laptop.

If your laptop’s mic has some dust or lint covering the vent, the performance drop can be more than 50%. On most laptops, the built-in mic is right next to the webcam. Both of these are generally located on the top of the screen. Your laptop may even have multiple mics. On some newer thin-bezel laptops, these may be located on the bottom as well.

How to make your computer’s microphone sound better

To clean the mic, use a wet cloth but make sure it’s not so wet that water enters the mic through the vent. External mics, if required, can also be cleaned similarly.

Make Your Mic Louder for Others from Windows Settings

Windows Settings allows you to control various system components including the microphone. Sometimes, the microphone input volume will be lowered in Windows 10. If it is the case, you can increase mic volume from Windows 10 settings.

How to make your computer’s microphone sound better

  1. Launch Settings and click on System.
  2. From the left column, select Sound. How to make your computer’s microphone sound better
  3. On the right, click on Device properties under the Input heading.
  4. On the next page, you can increase mic volume using the slider. How to make your computer’s microphone sound better
  5. If you’re still not satisfied, click on Additional device properties.
  6. Go to the Levels tab in the properties dialog. How to make your computer’s microphone sound better
  7. Here you can further adjust the Microphone boost values to better suit your needs.

There should be a volume boost on the microphone input in your laptop after this. Read further if the issue still persists.

Boost Mic Volume in Windows 10 with Audio Manager

Windows 10 has a builtin audio and microphone manager. It helps you tweak the sound at the software level. What if the issue is with the hardware? Well, hardware manufacturers now provide extra tools to tweak sound settings on Windows 10 PC.

These tools from driver manufacturers override the default mic volume and help you make your mic louder in Windows 10.

How to make your computer’s microphone sound better

This software is obviously different for different manufacturers. Realtek Audio Manager is one of the more popular ones. On my Lenovo made laptop, I have the Conexant SmartAudio. You may have something entirely different on your laptop.

Most of the settings you’ll find here are pretty much the same as you’ll find in Windows settings. It is quite possible that the manufacturer of your sound card didn’t include an audio manager. But you may also fail to find one if you don’t have the proper drivers installed.

Fix Mic Sensitivity in Windows 10

It’s possible that your mic is fine. But what you want is to adjust some other issues than loudness. This could be some hissing sound in the mic input, noise reduction, etc. Unfortunately, not all sound cards support such enhancements. If your sound card does support such enhancements, you can fix mic sensitivity in the Windows settings.

How to make your computer’s microphone sound better

  1. Press Windows+R.
  2. Type mmsys.cpl and hit enter.
  3. From the Sound control panel head to the Recording tab.
  4. Select your microphone and click Properties.
  5. In the Properties dialog, go to the Enhancements tab.
  6. Check or uncheck the enhancements and click OK.

You will see the Enhancements tab only if your sound card supports it. So, make sure your laptop features an advanced sound card and audio system to enable enhancements.

With all the above methods, you can fix mic sensitivity in Windows 10 and learn how to make your mic louder.