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Microphone Preamp?

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Hello!

Okay, so a while ago, I picked up a refurb Razer Carcharias (because I'm a poor Razer fanboy). The other reasons why don't really matter. Anyway, I use the microphone a lot for various reasons.

When I was setting it up, I noticed that the input at default levels was really inaudible. Naturally, to "remedy" this, I turned the volume all the way up, and the boost up to a modest +10. While the input is more audible, I tend to sound like a robot.

As far as I know, the Carcharias isn't known for having issues like this, but I also lack any useful knowledge on the Computer Audio scene.

So I went about configuring the quality settings on the Windows side, and while setting a higher bit-rate helped, everything at 48,000Hz and above turns Noise Reduction off, and an intrusive constant static is present.

I'm sitting at 96,000Hz right now, and I like the quality, but could do without the noise. The noise is still there whether I'm plugged into the front or back audio ports on my case, and remained consistent across my motherboard swap.

So aside from getting a new headset, two ill-bred ideas came into my head: 1. A sound card may help 2. A microphone preamp may help. I don't exactly know how a sound card would help input, but I imagine some of them have a better amplification system than my motherboard's onboard sound would, and if my logic is correct, that would mean I wouldn't have to turn the microphone levels up so high to get audible input. The microphone preamp idea follows the same logic.

Am I going in the wrong direction? I know some of you are going to suggest I buy a new headset, but please make sure to address the sound card/preamp stuff first.

My youtube channel has videos where I use the microphone to record gameplay commentary. Here's a video for reference *shameless plug*:
http://youtu.be/AuWhkq-DZhE?hd=1

I end up putting the microphone a little closer to my mouth than is comfortable so I can outspeak the noise, and I know that's bad. Help me find a way to correct this!

Thanks
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I beleive you should ditch that mic or get yourself a nice soundcard that has a fair amount of input gain.

I have ALWAYS noticed a massive difference in clarity and volume when going from onboard to a soundcard.

Getting a preamp to boost the mic is just going to boost an already rubbish signal into a rubbish line in, so thats pointless.

You need a soundcard :-)
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