Windows 10: Microphone boost option not showing in Windows 10 sound options

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  1. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Home
       13 Jul 2016 #1

    Microphone boost option not showing in Windows 10 sound options


    I am using the on-board sound from my GigaByte GA-Z97X-UD3H (rev. 1.0) motherboard
    GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1150 - GA-Z97X-UD3H (rev. 1.0)

    and in the Windows 10 (same issue in Win7) control panel I dont get the "Microphone Boost" option shown here:

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    I just get the general volume level option shown at the top.

    Any ideas how I can get the boost option?
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  2. Posts : 3,431
    EL Capitan
       13 Jul 2016 #2

    You need to install the driver package for the sound device. Check the Motherboard mfg website for their driver. If it is a Realtek chipset, you can get the updated HD drivers from Realtek
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  3.    13 Jul 2016 #3

    Audio features depend on the chipset and drivers installed. Not all of them will have a mic boost.
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  4. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       14 Jul 2016 #4

    Thanks very much for the pointers.

    So its possible I wont be able to get the mic boost at all?

    The annoying thing is, that when I use my Elgato software the mic happily captures at a good volume level without issue, using the controls in that software.
    When I use Bandicam, its just really quiet unless I put it really very close to my mouth, a lot of people seem to get around this using the "boost" option which I dont have.

    I have tried the Realtek drivers on the GigaByte site when I had windows 7 and it didnt make the boost appear - perhaps I should try the ones from the Realtek website directly.

    Its a shame that the Bandicam software wont capture volume in the same way Elgato does.
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  5. Posts : 8,304
    Windows 10 Professional
       14 Jul 2016 #5

    FWIW, I only get the boost option when using a headset.
    I know using boost with a desktop mic could create some terrible feedback.
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  6. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       15 Jul 2016 #6

    I just tried a cheap $10.00 microphone here:
    Mibia M001 The #1 Rated Deluxe Wireless Microphone System, Lavalier Can be Used on all Phones, Karaoke, YouTube, Studio; Computers; Lapel Dynamic Mic Noise Cancelling Microphone: Amazon.co.uk: Musical Instruments

    and it shows the boost option!
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    I'm a bit confused why that one will give me the boost option, but the Snowball ICE product wont
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    Is it because the Snowball is USB and the other is using a 3.5mm jack?
    Or is it because the drivers used for the different products are different, and the Snowball just isnt allowing the boost?
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  7. Posts : 3,431
    EL Capitan
       15 Jul 2016 #7

    Are you plugging it in the front or rear jack?
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  8. Posts : 17
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       15 Jul 2016 #8

    The snowball is in a USB port at the back, the cheap mic is in a front 3.5mm mic jack.
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  9. Posts : 3,431
    EL Capitan
       16 Jul 2016 #9

    Try unplugging the Snowball Mic and plug the other mic in the rear jack. What Driver version is it showing in Device Manager for the two Mic's? Also what Audio driver does it show in Device Manager that you are running?
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  10.    16 Jul 2016 #10

    The Snowball has 3 different built in settings as far as I have read , if it is the Snowball Ice I think it only has one though

    Blue Microphones - Products - Snowball

    Ice
    Blue Microphones - Products - Snowball iCE
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