It's not a joke, the title. As of this afternoon, I tried getting on a conference call with some friends and all they heard was slight, muffled mumbles from my end. When I got closer to the mic (having to remove the pop filter as well), my voice was ear rape. I looked into almost everything I could find, from replugging the mic in both sides to uninstalling the driver, which now doesn't seem to work. Earlier today I was painting my room, but I don't think that would affect it as it was far away, and I haven't really even used it since last weekend. I've done nothing to it all day and I don't know what could have possibly gone wrong. PLEASE help me, I'll provide any information, I just don't want to send this thing back (I just got it around a month ago!)..
It is very possible that it's defective.
But, try changing the USB cable, if it's the same, try another USB port.
USB Mics draw power from the USB port.
It also could be the computer power supply.
Your title to the post suggests that the microphone used to work acceptably but then stopped. Is this correct? Where does the "8-bit" come from?
As pc suggests, try a different cable and USB port, and if that makes no difference, try the microphone on another computer.
It would be valuable for diagnostic purposes if you could install a simple free DAW such as Audacity and try recording with the microphone using that. You could post short recorded extracts here using the Upload a File button so we can see what is happening to your waveforms.