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Boosting audio in windows (specifically, microphone headset)
« on: January 31, 2020, 12:43:27 am »
I just thought I'd share this tidbit with anyone who, like me, has been frustrated to no end trying to improve microphone levels in Windows 10. Ever since upgrading I've had no options for microphone boost on my headset and even after plugging in a USB Bluetooth headset (LG Nortel Bluetooth 8502) I still had no options to boost mic input! I was trying to make VOIP calls and people say they can barely hear me on the other end! I have to shout all the time!!!!

Anyways, after some searching and leading to dead-ends (people saying to use Windows troubleshooter and trying to find updated drivers, etc) I stumbled on this video which solved the problem. I have no connection whatsoever to this person:



It seems the *SECRET SAUCE* is installing a program called "EqualizerAPO64" found here:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/equalizerapo/

With that program alone you can create pre-amplifier gain on the mic to boost the audio. You need to add it to the configurator and then reboot, but once installed it seems to be persistent. You then run a configuration editor and play around with various filters in the chain. Most importantly, it works! The video suggests another program ("PEACE") but I haven't bothered with it, as the first one does all I need. I assume the second program is a more user-friendly graphical interface and lets you do more custom-tuning:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/peace-equalizer-apo-extension/?source=directory

Why Windows 10 couldn't let me do something as simple as boost my microphone (which I had done years past) is just downright upsetting. Thankfully these 3rd party programs exist, which some of you are probably laughing about having known about for years already. I'm new to this... just hope it helps others get around these Win10 frustrations with audio. Well at least it saved me from having to buy another headset only to realize it is not the microphone at all but Win10! Now all my headsets work as they should!
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