How to Boost Microphone Volume

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How to Boost Microphone Volume
A dynamic microphone's signal can be boosted with a preamp. (Microphone image by denionline.de from Fotolia.com)

Boosting the volume on a microphone is a good way to strengthen its recording power. No matter how great a computer's recording software or microphone input, the strength of a microphone is severely limited, and in the case of a dynamic or condenser microphone, it is not a possible to boost its signal without other equipment. Because of these limitations, the use of a preamp is required. A microphone preamp enhances the signal to and from the microphone, allowing a higher overall volume.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Microphone
  • Microphone cable
  • Microphone preamp
  • Stereo audio cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect the microphone cable to the microphone. Connect the opposite end of the cable to the microphone input on the preamp.

  2. 2

    Connect the preamp's output to the microphone input on the computer with the stereo audio cable.

  3. 3

    Turn up the computer's microphone volume three-quarters of the way up. Make sure to disable any microphone boost or additional special effects.

  4. 4

    Adjust settings on the preamp to the desired sound and volume.

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