Windows 10: Why can't I change sensitivity on my microphone?

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  1. Why can't I change sensitivity on my microphone?


    I bought a new USB headset for my computer HyperX cloud 2 and the earphones work great, but I was told my microphone was very quiet and the computer itself can barley pick up me talking when testing it through the control panel. I tried to adjust the the sensitivity of the mic itself through the control panel>sound>recording and went into the properties of the mic but it is stuck at 0.0 d.b. I can make it usable through discord because of all the settings they offer, but other applications still pick me up as quiet.

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    MitchellLipsett, Sep 16, 2020 at 1:42 PM
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  2. szerwony Win User

    Microphone sensitivity changing by itself

    Hi. I tried troubleshooter, but it didn't find anything. I can't disable microphone access for apps, because I use mic very often in many apps - Discord, Teams, OBS, Bandicam, web browsers and sometimes other software. I need mic to be locked at 80, because
    it's very important when I am recording something or streaming with OBS.

    I was trying to figure out which app is changing sensitivity, but I failed to. I set mic sensitivity at 80 and was using step by step every app, but none of those changed sensitivity. But when I am using PC "normally", I need almost everyday to change sensitivity
    back to 80.
     
  3. szerwony Win User
    Microphone sensitivity changing by itself

    Hi. I have problem with microphone sensitivity in Windows 10. I noticed, that it is changing by itself. I would like to lock it at 80, but it often increases. I already disabled "exclusive mode" in
    mic properties and also set "do nothing" in "communications" tab, but it's still chanigng. How can I prevent it?

    My microphone is Samson Go Mic.
     
  4. SolarHawk Win User

    Why can't I change sensitivity on my microphone?

    Windows Automatically Adjusts Microphone Sensitivity


    This is the millionth time I've posted this thread because no one has bothered replying!
    Basically I have a Samson Meteorite USB microphone, and I use it for Skype and communicating in games. Ever since a few weeks ago, I noticed my sensitivity levels on Skype were going up and up as I spoke, and then not coming down, even though I had "Automatically adjust microphone settings" unchecked. When I look on recording devices on Windows, the sensitivity also adjusts on there. I have tried moving the slider back down on both programs only for it to go back up again. I have also adjusted the microphone sensitivity on Steam, but that changes accordingly too.

    It is highly annoying considering it adjusts to stupid levels where my microphone picks up everything and my friends begin to hear echo too. I have been looking at posts about this for a couple of weeks now and a huge amount of people seem to have this problem, mostly to do with Skype, and they all say the same thing:
    1. Make sure "Auto-adjust" is unchecked in Skype settings.
    2. Make sure "Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device" is unchecked in Audio settings.

    Basically I cannot find any other more advanced explanations or solutions, apart from some program someone wrote to readjust it automatically every second, which in my opinion is not a feasible solution. This annoys me so much because it should just be so simple and not cause any hassle, but also because I have literally no idea what could be causing it to automatically adjust itself. I had a thought that it could be other programs that have access to my microphone that are adjusting it but firstly I unchecked option 2 ^ and secondly I have no idea what other programs would use my microphone.

    NOTE: Also just to add, I have a web-cam and its sensitivity adjusts itself too, so it's not my microphone.
    Any help would be much appreciated, and maybe there are other settings I have missed?

    Many thanks in advance,
    Tom

    Windows 10 (64 bit)
     
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