#1
I bought a microphone yesterday so I wouldnt have to use my $5 walmart one for recordings. The problem that I have with this one is that it stays very quiet. The $5 one is a lot louder than this one is. Whenever I record, the playback is only about 25% as loud as when I recorded with the new mic, but it was just about as loud as it was when I recorded it with the cheap one. Is there any way to fix this?
#2
Buy a mike preamp.

EDIT: the mike input on your soundcard has a preamp built in, but it's a very crappy one.
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#3
some mics have a dB boost switch built in, or try windows volume control-sometimes something is hidden there that is low
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#4
Alright, I kind of fixed that problem. I checked a box in windows volume control that said Microphone boost or something like that. Now my other question is how do I get rid of the delay that im hearing when I record stuff? I just tried to record to a backing track, and it was completely off time
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Alright, I kind of fixed that problem. I checked a box in windows volume control that said Microphone boost or something like that. Now my other question is how do I get rid of the delay that im hearing when I record stuff? I just tried to record to a backing track, and it was completely off time

Your soundcard sucks, so theres nothing you can do. You have to move the track back a bit in your software.
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Alright, I kind of fixed that problem. I checked a box in windows volume control that said Microphone boost or something like that. Now my other question is how do I get rid of the delay that im hearing when I record stuff? I just tried to record to a backing track, and it was completely off time


that latency you cant fix it without getting a better sound card and maybe some extra RAM.
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#8
Try yelling and playing louder. Or try a mic preamp.
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#9
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damn... I have enough RAM I think, its just that I have a stock soundcard. How would I go about replacing it, and how much does it normally cost?


$150 for a decent one, or you could get a firewire interface which would be better since they usually have good mic preamps. and you just pop the oldone out and put the new one in then install the drivers and whatnot. Make sure the sa\oundcard you get has ASIO drivers and can run them properly.
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#10
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Try yelling and playing louder.

That is, the worst piece of advice possible in this situation.
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#11
Ahh, that would explain why my recordings are so much quieter than my bassists... he's got a new, much nicer computer, and I have a crappy 12-year-old one that we drug from the basement
#12
you could try burning the backing track to a CD and then playing that through a stereo by the computer and recording everything through the mic.

audacity has more control over the mic gain and sensitivity. I would use that for recording. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
#13
^I use Audacity, but whenever I turn up the volume past like +9, it breaks up and gets distorted. But the stereo idea seems good, but then I would have to take everything in one take.
#14
yeah you really need a mic preamp, and better recording software.
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Last edited by Kid_Thorazine at Jan 10, 2007,