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So my friend is complaining to me that when we talk over skype or Ventrillo (mainly skype, but he can hear it if I hold the talk key on Vent), my microphone is very noisy when I do not speak.

When I do speak however, it is as clear as if he would be right next to me, but then he says that the moment I go silent, Alot of noise comes into play.

I have the headset plugged into the front panel and the Audio jacks there connected to my Xonar XD. I have AEC enabled, but there is no difference in the noise with it off and on.

So basically, is there anything I can configure that will stop my Microphone from going uber sensitive and record every bit of fan noise my Computer emits?
Edited by Norlig - 2/10/11 at 1:11am
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Turn down microphone boost and plug in your microphone to the back of the computer. You can buy like a 6' 3.5mm cable for 3$, so no excuses.

Time for a shot in the dark.

Your card or mic has some kind of amplifier that tries to amplify the loudest sound to an audible level. When you're hollering into the mic, it only has to do a little amplification cause you're supplying it with plenty of sound, which means ambient sounds aren't boosted to a level where they are audible. Whereas when you don't talk, the fuzz from your computer becomes the loudest sound, so your mic/ card amplifies that sound to an audible level. Kind of like grading on a curve or something.

inb4 an audio technician laughs at me.
Edited by cuad - 2/9/11 at 11:42pm
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Turn down microphone boost and plug in your microphone to the back of the computer. You can buy like a 6' 3.5mm cable for 3$, so no excuses.
There are no problems with the Front panel Microphone in. its something in the software making the microphone turn sensitivity up when I dont speak.
And then the microphone transmits my Fan noise to him.
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its something in the software making the microphone turn sensitivity up when I dont speak.
god damn it you turned my incoherent paragraph into a lovely sentence in English.
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