Tip & How-To about Samson C01U Consumer Microphone

How to increase recording level for Samson C01U microphone

If your recordings are too quiet, increase the gain of the microphone. In Windows:

  1. Open Recording devices (easiest way to get there is right-click on the speaker icon near the clock and select "Recording devices")
  2. Plug in USB mic It will appear by name under the Recording tab, with a level meter next to it.
  3. Right-click on that microphone (not the Realtek/etc. built-in sound card) and click Properties
  4. In the Microphone Properties window (not Speakers Properties), go to the Levels tab. The slider that says "Microphone" next to it adjusts the internal gain of the mic.
  5. Make sure the speaker next to it is un-muted.
  6. Talk or play into the microphone at a loud volume.
  7. While watching the level meter in the other window, move the slider to the right, until the level meter is almost reaching the top.
  8. Press Ok
  9. Tap lightly on the mic, the Recording devices level meter should be lighting up almost to the top.

You can also adjust the level directly from some audio software. In Audacity, for example:

  1. Run Audacity
  2. Click Edit menu ? Preferences...
  3. Click Devices

  4. In the Recording box, there's a drop-down menu, click it and select the USB microphone as the recording device.
  5. Press Ok
  6. To see Audacity's level meter without recording, press Pause and then Record
  7. Talk or play into the microphone at a loud volume.
  8. While watching the level meter, adjust the Recording Volume slider until it almost reaches the top

  9. Un-press Pause to start recording.

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my recorder isnt working

Good morning, afternoon, evening or night; whatever time of day you are viewing this solution. Thank you for choosing FixYa to solve your problem. The recording feature of your electronic device isn't working properly? You should try turning the volume up on the microphone so it can pick up your voice clearer when talking. If you still can't playback any recordings, check the volume settings of your device on your computer. This is located in the Control Panel (Windows) and the System Preferences (MAC OS) applications of your computer. Go into your operating system's preferences and increase the microphone volume. You may also need to select your headset device as the default recording device (Windows) or the Output Device for recording (MAC OS). If you want my opinion, I think your headset device is not set as the default recording device. If you don't have a headset as the default recording device or output recording device, you can turn the volume up to the maximum setting and you still won't be able to record anything because the computer has another device (if any microphones are installed in the PC) as its default or output recording device. That's why it's important to check your system preferences for a headset to make sure it has the proper settings. I hope you understand this solution and that you can record audio on your headset. Reply back if you need step-by-step instructions.

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Samson G-Track recording volume issue

Try using a computer with a dedicated sound card, not an onboard sound chip. A condenser mike can't provide very much power on its own, and requires power from the attached receiver/amplifier.


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My mic seems to pick up internal noise even when muted

Hi, You can check you the connectios or the mic. remember that the mic is too sensitive, you can adjust it with the nobb on the mic by putting it on o -dB and reduce the highs on your mixer or EQ to reduce hiss sound.

But fisr check the connection properly to see if when muted, is muted properly.

Take care.


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My microphone isn't working. I've checked the control panel, and I have the microphone not muted and set at medium level. This happens a lot, and I can never remember what it is I am doing wrong.

Hi ,
Test the record function on the notebook PC
  1. Click Start , then Programs , Accessories , Entertainment , and then Sound Recorder .
  2. Click Record (the red dot) and speak into the microphone.
  3. When you are finished recording, click Stop (the gray rectangle).
  4. To play back the recording, click Play (the gray arrow pointing to the right).
  5. If the recording does not play back, continue to the next section of this document.

Step 2: Checking microphone settings
  1. Click Start , then Programs , Accessories , Entertainment , and then Volume Control .A Volume Control or Master Volume window opens.
  2. Click Options , and then Properties .
  3. Select Recording , and make sure Microphone is selected.
  4. Click OK . The Volume Control window should change to a Recording Gain Control window.
  5. Click Options again and then click Advanced Controls . If Advanced Controls is unavailable, then an alternate microphone is not available. Proceed to the next series of steps.
  6. Remove the check next to Alternate microphone , click Close , and test the microphone. If there is still no sound, continue to the next step.
Step 3: Ensuring the correct recording device is selected
  1. Access sound properties:
    • In Windows XP, to access the sound control panel applet, click Start , then Control Panel . Click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices , and then click Sounds and Audio Devices .
    • In Windows 95, 98, and Me, click Start , Settings , and Control Panel . Double-click Sounds and Multimedia , or Multimedia . The Sounds and Multimedia Properties window opens.
  2. Click the Audio tab.
  3. Under Sound Playback , select the audio device that is installed on the computer (there should be only one).
  4. Under Sound Recording , select the audio device that is installed on the computer. It should be the same as the listing under Sound Playback .
  5. Click OK .
  6. Close the Sound and Multimedia Properties window and test the recording. If there is still no sound, continue to the next step.
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Jan 29, 2010 | Sony ACID Music Studio 7

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Very quiet recording

make sure the recording levels are as high as possible without going into red on the meter at all when recording, if the recording application has a compressor it may benefit to use it, if it does have one then there's probably a preset on it for voice. If the levels are adequate during recording then the problem lies in the output path.

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