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So I have this infamous "mic is too quiet" problem in windows 7 like in this thread http://www.sevenforums.com/sound-audio/16888-microphone-volume-too-low.html

Literally tried everything and I just have a headache over it, nothing works. I tried different headsets, drivers, settings, windows installations even a soundcard. My audigy se DOES make a noticeable difference however the static is still there at max volume

So with all that being said, I'm considering either trying out another sound card (xonar DS/DG) or buying a USB headset. I've never used a USB headset before and I'm not familiar with them but with the issues I have at hand with the mic volume, can I expect the USB headset to bypass this issue and give me proper mic volumes?

Just out of curiosty. Let's assume a mobo has a completely broken sound, it doesn't work at all. Will using a usb headset still work since it has its own sound card?
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USB headsets completely bypass the computer's sound processing hardware (be it on the mobo, an internal sound card, or even an external dac).

Is it going to make your mic louder? Not necessarily. The Audigy SE you used (assuming you used it right) did the same thing.

That said, the SE, if I recall correctly (it's been quite a few years since that card was relevant), is pretty much a garbage card - a rebadge of the Live! 24bit. Roughly on par with the onboard sound on low end modern motherboards.

I'd make sure you properly configured your card and windows settings, disabled onboard in bios, have a good microphone to begin with (nothing can make a bad mic sound good), and have it plugged into the right ports. If at that point you still issues, I'd pick up a better sound card (be it internal or USB). I would NOT however suggest a USB headset - they're typically overpriced garbage.
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So I have this infamous "mic is too quiet" problem in windows 7 like in this thread http://www.sevenforums.com/sound-audio/16888-microphone-volume-too-low.html

Literally tried everything and I just have a headache over it, nothing works. I tried different headsets, drivers, settings, windows installations even a soundcard. My audigy se DOES make a noticeable difference however the static is still there at max volume

So with all that being said, I'm considering either trying out another sound card (xonar DS/DG) or buying a USB headset. I've never used a USB headset before and I'm not familiar with them but with the issues I have at hand with the mic volume, can I expect the USB headset to bypass this issue and give me proper mic volumes?

Just out of curiosty. Let's assume a mobo has a completely broken sound, it doesn't work at all. Will using a usb headset still work since it has its own sound card?
As you didn't say anything about your current audio setup (mic? headset? a pony?):
Samson Go Mic
Condenser mic that uses USB.
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