Why Is My Microphone So Quiet? Everything You Need To Know About Fixing

You have been talking for minutes with all the hand gestures and friendly facial expression in front of your laptop. You have expressed your idea in the most cordial and most informative way you could be and you expecting a response to make your presentation interactive, only to find out your microphone too quiet.

You notice their eyebrows are raising and have that puzzled stare at you. There is nothing more heartbreaking and more annoying to find out that your microphone too quiet. How can we avoid that kind of situation?

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Why my microphone too quiet?

Is a hardware or software issue? Let us find out and get a quick-fix solution to that pesky problem of people not hearing you when you talk. We have highlighted some issues and some quick-fix to help you get going when you the things get rough.

Placing your microphone in the best position

When you want your audience to hear you clearly, like how you envisioned it to be. the right or the correct placement of your microphone must be one of your top priority. The loudness of your voice can affect your audience to listen or not listen to you when you deliver your topic.

A podcast streamer talking with someone via video conference app
A podcast streamer talking with someone via video conference app.

If placing the microphone closest to your mouth would solve the problem, how easy the world would be, but sad to say, it is not like that simple. What would happen if you position the microphone close to your mouth? For starters, your audience would hear a lot of distorted sounds and would cause some annoying audio issues.

When your audience doesn’t understand you, that becomes a major headache, like you are expecting them to understand you and your equipment fails you, that should not be the case because you always have the option of doing the best setup beforehand.

Why not make some practice before presenting it? I would like to recommend that you put the microphone in the best position to help get that crisp sound when you speak using your mic.

Expert Tip: You need also to make use of audio recording software like Audacity or some built-in recording software bundled on your Operating System.

Try experimenting with different locations like at your top, on your left, at your right and remember that configuration. Always have this in mind, that you are sharing something that you need to let the people hear. Please make that effort that they can hear you loud and clear.

A woman speaking on a microphone during an interview
A woman speaking on a microphone during a live podcast.

Record your presentation and listen to it If you need to make adjustments by all means, please do so. Refrain from putting the microphone very close to your mouth since this will create issues like you will sound like you’re in a tunnel. Putting the microphone at side of your mouth would help you avoid those wheezing sounds when you breathe.

Configure your Windows mic settings

If placing the microphone in a great location doesn’t seem to work 100 percent and you are still seeing chats of “we are not hearing anything”, or “we can’t hear you” you maybe it’s not the microphone that is to blame but it’s the settings on your Windows.

No matter how hard you modulate your voice but you have disabled” your audio settings, there is nothing you could really do about it except “enabling” it. To do it. you can click on the “Start Button”, click on “Settings”, click on “System-, click on ‘Sound”. Check on the devices like your microphone. Have it volume up.

Sound settings on windows where you can check your microphone
Sound settings on windows where you can check your microphone.

If you notice that your microphone’s volume is way too low. have it set to the highest volume. That would help you solve your problem. Be sure that there is no check on the “Disabled” checkbox because if it does, no matter how hard to “tinker” your device, you are not getting that audio comes out of your unit.

Your laptop or your PC should detect your headset when you plug it in, but if not, try to restart your device and then unplug your headset. When it has started, try plugging in your headset as this will detect any devices plugged in your laptop or PC.

Try checking the microphone’s volume manually

By now, you have done most steps that can get your microphone to be up and running, but sadly, still your microphone too quiet. What could be wrong? Are you not cut for this? Is fortune not on your side? Or your luck has its own way of telling you that speaking in front of people is not your thing?

Maybe, it’s not a software issue or a hardware configuration settings, maybe you just forgot to turn the volume high manually. I understand you are pre-occupied with a lot of things that you are now slipping and you no longer have the laser precision focus that you seem to have and you forget a lot of basics, and that is turning the volume high.

A close up look of headset's volume buttons
A close up look of headset’s volume buttons.

Check for your headset, locate all buttons and familiarize your yourself with it Maybe what causing all the trouble is just one little button that you have overlooked. I understand you are already on a lot of stress, but you need to focus and do not forget the little things. As they say. it’s the little things that kill.

Make sure you are familiar with all buttons on your headset. Is there a mute button on your headset? If you find it you need to “unmute’ it so that you can go on using your headset in a breeze with no stress. Sometimes you have “accidentally” pressed the volume unknowingly, so it’s better to check on your headsets’ buttons from time to time.

Another device is making the trouble

When you play on your gaming console and realized that you need to stop playing because you need to attend to something more important, please make sure that you are configuring your headset to make an audio input using the microphone in order not appear mute in front of your audience.

Expert Tip: When we are having trouble with devices, we can always check for their configuration in our Windows settings.

Check for your device pairings and look for the option “Adust Microphone Volume” and turn it up.

Microphone Boost

You have exhausted all of your effort just to make your audience hear you and your microphone too quiet still. Why not try this method and it may solve your problem? Microphone booster can help you get your message across and let the world hear your voice.

Locate your Windows Control Panel by typing in your Windows Search box “Control Panel” When you are already on the control panel, select “Hardware and Sound,” click on Manage audio devices,” and you find everything about sound.

A new box will open once you have clicked on those steps. Please click on the “Recording” tab. You need to make sure that you have selected your microphone and click on “Properties”. On the microphone properties page, use the mic booster.

This video will show you how to increase the volume of your microphone in Windows 10 to make it louder.

Or you just need a new microphone

When you have exhausted all means, you had followed everything that you need to follow just to make sure your audience heard you loud and clear and still they can’t hear you. Maybe your microphone or your headset needs a replacement because it is no longer working.

Expert Tip: I would like to recommend on investing on an excellent-quality headsets or microphones that are priced reasonably well. Ultimately, this would solve all your audio issues and help you get a peace of mind and relieve you of some unnecessary stress because of hardware issues.

An extra set of brand new microphone can help you get your message across your audience. There is nothing sweeter when people can hear you loud and clear with no distortions, delays, and statics. You should consider a headset or microphone that has favorable reviews and is not expensive.

In conclusion

Speaking and getting heard using your microphone should not be stressful and must be fun. When you are having trouble, in most cases the mics’ volume or your Windows settings are just the thing you need to go to and make adjustments. Your gaming console can sometimes become the culprit and you need to check it as well.

I reckon you follow the steps in this article, that will help you solve most audio issues. After you have done everything and exhausted all means necessary and yet you seem not to see any favorable results, changing brand new microphone can get you going.

A broken piece of microphone should not destroy your disposition, as this would affect your performance. Getting yourself an excellent-quality microphone is a great and a sound investment that you need to have. We love to hear you in one of your podcast using an excellent-quality headset or microphone.

We would like to hear something from you. If you need to ask some questions and get clarified with things, please reach me and make ask me. It is my pleasure to help you with all of your problems concerning some stuff with computers and related things. Please consider me your friend. I always help my friends out.

Getting your audio issues fixed is just easy. Check for your mic’s volume before you do some tinkering in your computer. If it doesn’t fix the issue, then try those Windows quick fix. Always start first with the volume. It is usually the most common culprit

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