How you can Increase the Volume of Your Vista Computer's Microphone

New users of Microsoft's Vista operating system may not be aware of it but there's a way of increasing the computer's microphone volume in the newly designed control panel.

Your computer's microphone serves you well when you need to call someone using Skype, annotate a video with your voice and sing along with your favorite karaoke song. Most of the time, we take it for granted and notice it only when it has stopped working or when we encounter some problems in using it.

One of the most common troubles that you may experience in using your computer's microphone is when you notice that it gives you a very low sound pickup performance that when you record your voice, you could barely hear what you were saying despite the fact that you were talking in your normal speaking volume.

If you are running Microsoft's Vista operating system in your computer, did you know that there is a tool that you can use to shore up the recording volume of your microphone?

You bet there is and I'm talking about the Sound tool that you can find in the control panel of your Vista computer. But how do you go about using that tool, if you are not exactly some kind of a nerd when it comes to using your computer?

Here is a simple procedure that you can perform to increase the volume of your Vista computer's microphone.

Record Using Current Sound Pickup

First, make a test recording of your microphone's current sound pickup level.

1. Click on Start, All Programs, Accessories, Sound Recorder.

2. On the Sound Recorder, click on Start Recording and then talk in your normal speaking volume.

3. Click on Stop Recording and save the record as test1.wma. Close Sound Recorder then double click the file in your Windows Explorer to find out how loud the recording has been.

Adjust Sound Recording Level

Second, change the recording setting levels of your computer's microphone.

1. Open your computer's control panel and make sure that you are not in the classic view mode.
2. Click on the Hardware and Sound link, then under the Sound link, click on Manage Audio Devices.

3. In the window that pops up, click on the Recording tab at the topmost part of the window.

4. Click on the microphone hardware shown and two buttons will appear at the lower portion of the pop-up window.

5. Click on the Properties button and another small window will pop up. Click on the Levels tab at the topmost part of the pop-up window.

6. Adjust your microphone's recording level to 100 by sliding the upward pointing arrow to the right.

7. Adjust your microphone's boost level to maximum by sliding the upward pointing arrow all the way to the right.

8. Click on the OK button at the bottom of Microphone Properties pop-up window and do the same for the Sound pop-up window.

9. Close the control panel window.

Record Using Adjusted Sound Pickup

Third, do a second test of your computer microphone's sound recording level.

1. Click on Start, All Programs, Accessories, Sound Recorder.

2. On the Sound Recorder, click on Start Recording and then talk in your normal speaking volume.

3. Click on Stop Recording and save the record as test2.wma. Close Sound Recorder.

Now, start your Windows Media Player and open both test1.wma and test2.wma. Without adjusting the volume of your speakers, play the two sound files one after another and see if there is a difference in the sound volume. If there is no difference, repeat the whole procedure, making sure that you did not miss any step in performing the recording level setup.

If there was a difference, then congratulations, now you can better enjoy hearing your voice as you sing your favorite karaoke songs.

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