I don't know whether this is the right forum to find the sort of answer I'm looking for, but here's the question anyway. My livelihood involves recording the spoken word. I do that using a specialized program on a Windows laptop. Problem is, sometimes I record events where some speakers speak very, very softly and others speak very, very loudly. I need to keep the recording level high enough to capture the soft speakers, but when I do that the loud speakers oversaturate the hard drive's capacity to record the sound and I get a bunch of noise. Sometimes their volume is so loud that you simply can't understand what they're saying because the recording is so badly distorted it starts to sound kind of like static. Is there some piece of hardware, a device of some sort, that I could put between the mic and the hard drive that would modulate the loud speakers but not diminish the quieter speakers before the sound gets written tot he hard drive? If anyone here knows of such a device, please tell me what it is and from where I might be able to obtain it.