As it is known to almost every person that a microphone is very necessary for either recording a voice or for capturing HD audio quality. Well, it happens often that microphone settings seem a difficult task to many people.
Indeed for these people, I have got a short article today in which I will be showing you that how you can set your microphone in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 respectively. I will exclude Windows Vista and Windows XP as they are now discontinued and not in common use.
Enough talking!. Let’s get back to the real business as I am about to tell you microphone settings for Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 in 2020:
- Microphone Settings For Windows 10:
- Microphone Settings For Windows 8:
- Microphone Settings For Windows 7:
- FAQS About Different Microphone Settings:
Microphone Settings For Windows 10:
Windows 10 is the latest operating system being introduced and it is now an ideal choice for most of the people.
Well, if you are facing any issues in the microphone not being able to work for Windows 10, this guide may help you.
Let’s jump to the ideal settings for microphone in Windows 10:
Mic Settings Steps:
Right click on the speaker icon located at the bottom right corner of Windows screen.
Go to Audio Devices from here. In addition, a new tab will open.
In this tab, look at the top and you will see a few options.
Go to the Recording section in this tab. You will see a list of recording devices available to work as your microphone.
Now, keep in mind that if you have connected an external microphone, you should click on the icon which looks like your mic and set it to default.
Now, that you have selected the microphone at default. Select it again and go to its properties.
A new tab will open indeed. Here, you will also see different sections. Click on Levels tab in this section.
You will see two different levels identified as Microphone and Microphone Boost. Set both of them at their fullest.
That’s it. In this way, you will be able to select different options regarding microphone settings in Windows 10.
Keep in mind that always select a recording device icon which looks similar to the physical appearance of your external mic. That is, if you are using a headset, then you must select headset icon available in recording devices list. Same is the case with other microphones.
Microphone settings for Windows 10 is not as difficult as it looks. Just make sure that you have plugged in the microphone in the right port which is PINK in most of the cases. Also, check that whether there is no hardware or array issue with the microphone. If you face any issues related to microphone array, this guide can help you to solve the specific problem.
Microphone Settings For Windows 8:
Windows 8 is indeed an ideal operating system for most of the people as it has got a sophisticated and minimalist design at the same time.
Before I move to the best microphone settings for Windows 8, I want you to know that the microphone settings for both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is the same.
So, if you are either using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, then check out these following steps:
Mic Settings For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
Right click on the Speaker icon as shown in the image below:
Click on Audio or Sound Devices and a new window will open.
Go to the Recording tab in this window and there a list of recording devices will be visible showing the types of mics connected to the operating system.
Click on the microphone which you want to set and go to its properties.
Click on Levels tab and you will see two different options as Microphone and Microphone Boost. Increase the level of both options to the fullest.
Congrats! you are done with the best microphone settings of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
That’s how you get to set the microphone if you are using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Just make sure that your microphone is plugged in correctly and in the right port of your pc.
Microphone Settings For Windows 7:
Windows 7 is, in my opinion, the simplest and quickest operating system for people. Well, it is still used by a large proportion of the world and so I have decided to mention the best microphone settings for Windows 7 as well.
Let’s have a look at the steps:
Best Microphone Settings Method For Windows 7:
Go to Control Panel located in the start menu of Windows 7.
There you will see a section named as Hardware and Sound, click on it.
Different options can also be seen there. In Sound section, you will see manage audio devices, click it.
A new tab will open indeed comprising of different sections. Head towards Recording and you will see a list of recording devices. Select on the mic icon you see relevant to the one you are using and go to its properties.
In properties section, go to the Levels tab and you will see a single option of Headset microphone. Set its volume to the highest level.
BINGO! You are done with microphone settings of Windows 7.
Windows 7 is indeed a very easy operating system and the above-mentioned steps can easily be applied to make sure that you set your microphone at an ideal level.
FAQS About Different Microphone Settings:
1. How Do I Allow Access To My Microphone on Google Chrome?
Simply follow these steps. Open Google Chrome. You will see More Settings written at the top right of screen, click on it. At the bottom of More Settings, you will see Advanced tab, click it. Under the Privacy and Security section of Advanced tab, click the Content Settings. After that, click on Camera or Microphone icon. Turn Ask Before Accessing On and you are done.
2. How Do I Turn Down My Mic Sensitivity?
This question is also asked by many users. Well, there’s an easy solution to this problem. Simply, go to control panel and open the sound icon you see in Control Panel section. After that, click on the Recording tab in a new window and select the microphone of which you want to change sensitivity. Go to its properties and here click on Levels tab. Two sensitivity levels are available. Set the sensitivity of your mic by increasing or decreasing these levels.
3. How to Check is My Microphone is Plugged Correctly?
Many computers have got a dedicated PINK colored port for mic jacks and you should plug in your microphone in this port so that it can work in an ideal manner. For laptops, there is only one port available. So, you will have to buy a converter or a splitter for your microphone in order to connect the microphone with your laptop.
4. Does External Microphone Works Without Proper Drivers?
In some cases, Yes and in some cases, it’s NO. Basically, when you get an external microphone, it has already got instructions that whether to direct plug and play or to install drivers for the microphone first. In either case, you should make sure that the microphone drivers of your pc are updated so that you could not face any issues.
5. Does a Laptop Always Come with Built-In Microphone?
I am not sure about the down models but Yeah, all newer versions of laptops introduced by Dell, HP, Lenovo or ASUS etc have got proper microphones and webcams. However, the audio quality of a built-in microphone is not up to the mark and you will soon have to go for an external microphone if most of the work you do requires an external microphone.
The Final Word:
Microphone settings are necessary in a sense that mics are a way of delivering whatever you say. So, apply the steps that I have mentioned above for different operating systems and you will be able to use your microphone without any issues.