Sound quality for recorded vocal very bad on new compter

I just purchased a high-quality Lenovo computer with Windows 8.1 and for some reason the quality of my vocals recorded on Audacity sucks compared to my old Sony Vaio with Windows 7. When recording vocals for my radio show it now sounds like I am in some kind of tinny cave or something and I am wondering if there are any simple fixes a that a computer Neanderthal such as myself could try in order to fix this. One thing: The new Lenovo does not have a separate jack for the microphone; it uses the same jack as the headphones and if I didn’t already have separate jacks on my Bose speakers I would have to get a two-way splitter to plug both the headphones and the mic into the same jack on the computer. This seems weird.

You should describe how you’re getting your voice into the computer. Exactly how. Part numbers and manufacturers.

This was written with Audacity 2.0.3, but you get the idea.

And it’s 10 time zones now.


First make sure something called “software playthrough” in Audacity preferences is unchecked … Audacity Manual

If that doesn’t cure the problem see the Audacity manual here …[u]Why_do_my_recordings_…_sound_as_if_they_were_made_in_a_tunnel[/u].

Actually I am thinking Sony put a crappy sound card in their new computers rather than a problem with Audacity. I use an external microphone and there is no dedicated mic jack on this new machine like there was on my old one; I need to have an adapter so I can plug both the headphones and the mic into the same jack which seems weird to me. Thanks