Microphone Boost

This post is a bit a different than my usual posts.

I was on Skype, about to start a gaming session with my friend, when he notified me that my mic was really quiet compared to when he talked to his other friends. I checked my settings, everything was maxed out in both Skype and Windows Sound settings.

He told me about this “microphone boost” option that he used before, but I didn’t seem to have it. I thought maybe my driver was out of date?

I tried updating my driver via Windows Devices to no avail, so I tried looking for one from my hardware vendor. Problem is, I couldn’t remember who made my hardware, and I didn’t feel like popping open my computer.

I’ve used a program to give me my device information in the past, but I also couldn’t remember what it was called. I found a new one called HWiNFO which seems to do a pretty good job though. It looks like this:

From here I could see my motherboard was an Asus Sabertooth 55i. Googling “asus sabertooth 55i drivers” lead me to the driver I needed. Get the audio driver.

Unless of course, you have a dedicated sound card. Then grab the driver for that instead! I had one before, but I didn’t feel the need to plug it in for my new rig.

After installing the driver (and a mandatory reboot), I found this ugly guy on my desktop:

Doesn’t have a lot of settings (that I can see), but the volume slider wasn’t maxed out yet.

So I upped that, and then went back into my sound settings and discovered I had a new option!

Upping the Microphone Boost to just 10 dB give me a huge boost in volume output. Huzzah!

Hopefully someone else with the same problem will find this post useful.

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