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Weak Signal from Microphone

by dswift5 / April 17, 2008 9:55 PM PDT

I have a PC with Windows XP. I'm wanting to use a mic so I can add voice audio to movies. I just downloaded Vegas Movie Studio. Problem is, though I get some voice, the signal is very weak. In fact I have to put my mouth right against the microphone to get audible sound (which is then distoreted). I've tried it in Windows Moviemaker and get the same problem. I've also tried using two different microphones, and have made double sure the jack was inserted all the way in. I have ensured that, in "recording controls," microphone is activated.

I would welcome ideas for next steps. I'm not terribly computer literate, but with the help of my ten-year-old son, I've been learning a lot lately--like how to install a DVD burner and a hard drive.

Many thanks,

Doug

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Weak mic signal...
by Papa Echo / April 17, 2008 10:22 PM PDT

Maybe you need to increase microphone volume, or recording volume (Control Panel-Sound and Audio Devices). Or your mic is not compatible, e.g. impedance not suitable...

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Weak Signal from Mic
by dswift5 / April 17, 2008 11:15 PM PDT
In reply to: Weak mic signal...

Thanks for your reply. I have been to the control panel, and the volume settings are all the way up for the jack I am using.

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Weak mic signal...
by MikoCWB / April 18, 2008 7:10 AM PDT

Hi

In the volume control for the microfone, try to click the 'Advanced' button and make sure that the "Microfone Boost" check box is checked.

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Weak Mic Signal
by dswift5 / April 18, 2008 7:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Weak mic signal...

Hmm. Maybe this is a clue. I actually can't click on that "advanced" tab. I see it, but it is a light grey and not able to be activated. This is true if I go through the Control Panel or through the sound icon on the bottom toolbar. Why would this be so?

Thanks for the feedback

Doug

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