Sounds too Quiet

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Xaven, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. Xaven

    Xaven Guest

    I can't get a loud sound recording, i've tried 3 different mics each on Goldwave, Adobe Audidtion and windows sound recorded and all of them record really quitely, even when I shout into the mic! This means I have to edit the volume of the file which makes it distort. I've put the mic volume on full in Volume control (i'm using windows XP btw) but still it hardly responds.
    plz help

    (corrected EX to XP) ^^
  2. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Two words: Microphone Preamp.

    WTFreak is Windows EX? :?
  3. Terabyte

    Terabyte Guest

    tried normalising the sound files?
  4. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    Nov 25, 2005
    You probably turned up the monitoring volume for the mic, not the recording volume. Go into your window mixer and go to the recording properties tab and then make sure only "mic" is checked and turn the volume up to about 80%. If that doesn't work then you probably need a mic preamp such as this:
  5. Xaven

    Xaven Guest

    The volums is completely turned up for monitering and recording, but its quitet for both too, so normalising probberly wouldn't work as it's incerably quiet to begain with. I'll try to get an amp then.
  6. jonnyc

    jonnyc Member

    Apr 21, 2005
    Bingo, a mic needs more amplification to be brought up to an acceptable level.
  7. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Silly question: Is it plugged into the Line input instead of the Mic input?
  8. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005

    Not at all a silly question. Indeed, the number one reason for such problems is wrong plug in wrong place. Come to think of it, wrong plug/ wrong place has gotten me into trouble many times!!!

    A "normal" dynamic mic should work fine(Or as well as it can work) in most any soundcard, if plugged into the mic input(Using a stupid 1/8" adapter, which along with the heavy mic cable tries to break the back out of your cheap sound card....) no preamp needed. A condenser mic(If not an electret condenser with it's own battery) always needs a preamp.

    On the other hand, get a mic pre... Save your sound card's mini jacks...

    While you're at it, get a sound card/audio interface built for the purpose! The one's that come with the computer are for plugging in the 6 dollar mics to talk to Aunt Millie with your new Vonage hookup...

  9. Xaven

    Xaven Guest

    Right, it is a condenser mic, i've tried it in both mic input sockets, and they are the only ones which seam to get any sound in. I better go order some pre amp den.
  10. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Jan 11, 2003
    Woodbridge, Va
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    I noticed you never mentioned what sound card you're using? :?
  11. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    one with phantom power perhaps

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