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Adjusting microphone volume on Windows

When not using the default 'Automatic volume adjustment' setting described in Headset and Microphone Setup, you can use the Windows system settings to verify and adjust the microphone volume.

Verify and adjust your microphone volume on Windows Vista or Windows 7

  1. Click Start, type mmsys.cpl in the start search box and then press Enter.
  2. In the Sound dialog box, click the Recording tab.
  3. To verify the audio input volume, speak into the microphone and verify the volume level on the right side for the corresponding microphone. When talking, the volume should not exceed 80% of the scale.
  4. To change the audio input volume, select the microphone, then click the Properties button. In the Microphone Properties dialog box, click the Levels tab. Adjust the volume slider to the level that you want. Some microphones also have a Microphone Boost settings on the Custom tab of this window. Uncheck this setting if necessary (if checked, the microphone is more sensitive, i.e. louder). When done adjusting, click OK.

  5. If the volume is appropriate, click OK to close the Sound dialog box, otherwise repeat step 4.

Adjust your microphone volume on Windows XP

  1. Click Start, select Run, type mmsys.cpl in the Run input box and then press Enter.
  2. In the Sound and Audio Devices Properties window, select the Audio tab.
  3. In the Sound recording section, click the Volume... button to adjust the microphone volume. Some microphones also have a Microphone Boost settings on Advanced tab. Uncheck the Microphone Boost checkbox if necessary (if checked, the microphone is more sensitive, i.e. louder).
  4. The Windows XP settings don't provide a way to verify the current microphone volume. We recommend making a test call in Close.io until the audio settings are right.