low mic volume

Hey all sorry to bother you but I’m just starting out doing game play videos on YouTube but my voice is very soft and mellow . Even with my mic on max and game audio low it’s still hard to understand or hear me well.woukd using audacity to record my voice be better ? What’s the best way to sync them to record at the same time . Any ideas guys ? I’m using the sennheiser g4me one headset

What program are you recording with now? Have you looked in the sound card or Windows Control Panel if the mic has a “boost” checkbox? This may be hidden behind an “Advanced” button.

What version of Windows are you on?

Synchronisation should not be a problem unless there is a playback / recording sample rate discrepancy in the built-in sound card.

Audacity could only record mic and game together if you can play the mic through the headset then record from stereo mix. On most modern computers this will cause you to hear the mic playback slightly late, which isn’t correctable unless the commentary was in one channel and the game audio in the other channel.


Hey there . I have windows 7.iv all ready got the mic boost on and the mic volume at 100 :frowning:

What program are you using now that has this problem? Have you looked in the settings of that program to see if you can correct the low mic volume?

Unless you use a special program for recording games, the only way to record commentary and game at the same time is to play the mic part of the headset through the headphones of the headset, then record computer playback. Recording computer playback is usually done using an input called “stereo mix” or similar, though there are other methods.

Unless you can play the headset mic directly through the headphones, which is called “hardware playthrough”, you will hear your commentary late, like an “echo”.

To see if you can enable hardware playthrough for the headset mic, right-click over the speaker icon in the System Tray and choose “Playback Devices”. Right-click anywhere inside the Playback tab and choose “Show disabled devices” then right-click again and check “Show Disconnected Devices”. If you now see a volume slider for the external microphone (the pink plug of the headset) then you can play the mic through the headset without delay.

To see if you can enable a stereo mix input, right-click over the speaker icon in the System Tray and choose “Recording Devices”. Right-click anywhere inside the Recording tab and choose “Show disabled devices” then right-click again and check “Show Disconnected Devices”. Does “Stereo Mix” or “What U hear” appear?


Hey again gale iv tried bandicam flaps and nvidia shadow play .They record ur pc sounds and also ur mic directly . I’m like an ant lol

I assume you meant Fraps. You could try asking the support teams of those applications why simultaneous recording of commentary and game causes this problem, or if those applications have settings to counteract it.

I suggest you look for hardware playthrough of the headset mic (see my previous post at https://forum.audacityteam.org/t/low-mic-volume/33762/4) . Audacity is not a special application for recording games, so it cannot record the commentary and the game audio together unless you play the mic input through the headphones.

Another alternative would be to:

  1. Record the game only from the computer screen (no audio) with a free screen recorder application like OBS ( http://obsproject.com/ ) or CamStudio ( http://www.majorgeeks.com/CamStudio_d4646.html ). If you want the game audio, you can optionally record the game audio in the AVI or SWF file that CamStudio saves (I think this depends on having a stereo mix or similar option in the sound card, as described above).
  2. Record the mic into Audacity and export as MP3 or the format you need. If you need to export MP4 audio (AAC) or to import the audio from the CamStudio video, install FFmpeg ( http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/faq_installation_and_plug_ins.html#ffdown ). You can synchronise the commentary with the game audio from the video by using Time Shift Tool (press F5).
  3. Add the exported audio to the video using Avidemux ( http://avidemux.sourceforge.net/ ) . You can use its “Copy” function to mux the audio into the video without the quality losses of re-encoding the audio or the video. You can synchronise the audio with the video as needed by adjusting the delay of the audio.

If you don’t have stereo mix, you could instead record the mic with CamStudio and the game audio with Audacity using the Windows WASAPI loopback feature. See Tutorial - Recording Computer Playback on Windows - Audacity Manual .