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Really annoying robotic sounding microphone problem...FOR THE LOVE OF GOD MAKE IT STOP D:

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April 13, 2014 1:30:58 PM

So a while back I started making video tutorials and my mic was fine, sounded crystal clear.

Now, no matter what mic I use (I've tried 4) with usb and aux cables I get a really annoying crackly robotic sound...but ONLY while I'm recording with certain programs. Audacity and Sony Vegas record it fine but the windows sound recorder and screen capture software causes this to happen. It doesn't happen whilst I'm using dxtory and recording games either :S

Could someone please tell me what the heck is going on? :/ 
April 17, 2014 10:23:06 AM

You may be buffering due to over-taxation of your CPU. Open Task Manager by right clicking your taskbar and selecting "Task Manager." Go to the performance tab and monitor the cpu activity while you attempt to record. If it gets anywhere about 60-70% while recording, you may need to turn down your quality settings.

Which screen capture software are you using if I may ask?
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April 18, 2014 4:40:49 AM

Nerumph said:
You may be buffering due to over-taxation of your CPU. Open Task Manager by right clicking your taskbar and selecting "Task Manager." Go to the performance tab and monitor the cpu activity while you attempt to record. If it gets anywhere about 60-70% while recording, you may need to turn down your quality settings.

Which screen capture software are you using if I may ask?


FastStone capture is what I'm using to record....
But I don't understand, even whilst recording DayZ and am talking this problem does not occur, it just happens randomly ...plus I've got an eight core so SURELY I'm not over stressing the CPU?
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April 18, 2014 10:23:29 AM

Okey... hmm... go ahead and post your system specs here so we can ensure it doesn't have anything to do with that.

Also, you said it is only with the audio, no stuttering with the video when you're recording?
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April 18, 2014 2:03:23 PM

Nerumph said:
Okey... hmm... go ahead and post your system specs here so we can ensure it doesn't have anything to do with that.

Also, you said it is only with the audio, no stuttering with the video when you're recording?


Nope, video is always absolutely fine :S
AMD Fx 8320 eight core
8GB RAM @ 1600mhz
2x 1TB drives
AMD Radeon 7870 GHz edition over clocked with 14.2 beta drivers
500w corsair psu...pushing it a bit I know- but I've had no problems so far after a good few months
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April 18, 2014 4:29:16 PM

Hmmm... and what is your motherboard model as well? It sounds like it might either be a sound card issue or a port issue.

Are you using the front panel connector for the mic or the one at the rear? Try plugging it in the opposite you are using now and see if that resolves the issue. Especially for the FPC, you tend to pick up alot of interference due to the fact it is one long (usually un-shielded) cable running right across half your computer. This includes your USB mics as well.
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April 19, 2014 8:01:27 AM

Nerumph said:
Hmmm... and what is your motherboard model as well? It sounds like it might either be a sound card issue or a port issue.

Are you using the front panel connector for the mic or the one at the rear? Try plugging it in the opposite you are using now and see if that resolves the issue. Especially for the FPC, you tend to pick up alot of interference due to the fact it is one long (usually un-shielded) cable running right across half your computer. This includes your USB mics as well.


My guess would be at a sound card issue then because I've tried ALL ports with different headsets, even with USB headsets as well as one's with 'standard' headphone jacks...maybe a sound card is the solution ? ...
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April 19, 2014 9:24:33 AM

I would first suggest trying to acquire an update for your sound card as it could be an issue with that. You can find what sound card your computer has by searching the model of your MOBO on google and tacking on "sound card driver" to it.

Also, is there a way you could try plugging the computer into another outlet? I was doing some research on how corsair wasn't the best PSU for power conditioning and your problem might just be coming from the noise you find in alot of improperly grounded outlets. IF you know where your electrical box is (aka where your fuses are and where your power normally enters your home), try and find an outlet both closer and further away from it and see if the noise reduces or increases with the change of location.

Also, how long have you actually had your PSU for this particular rig?
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April 20, 2014 4:16:36 AM

Nerumph said:
I would first suggest trying to acquire an update for your sound card as it could be an issue with that. You can find what sound card your computer has by searching the model of your MOBO on google and tacking on "sound card driver" to it.

Also, is there a way you could try plugging the computer into another outlet? I was doing some research on how corsair wasn't the best PSU for power conditioning and your problem might just be coming from the noise you find in alot of improperly grounded outlets. IF you know where your electrical box is (aka where your fuses are and where your power normally enters your home), try and find an outlet both closer and further away from it and see if the noise reduces or increases with the change of location.

Also, how long have you actually had your PSU for this particular rig?


I've had the psu for about a year...I'll try finding a different outlet to plug into. I'll also try updating my sound drivers although I'm sure I looked a month or so ago and they were the most recent ones...maybe if I roll back the drivers as oppose to updating them?...:S
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April 20, 2014 10:28:07 AM

Ya, a rollback might work, especially if this only started after you updated them.

Go ahead and report back with the results of that outlet change. If it does reduce the noise, you are gonna either want to acquire a power conditioner to plug your components into, or have an electrician examine your outlets for grounding issues. A new PSU might be in order though as well depending on what you want to try out.
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April 20, 2014 1:40:56 PM

Nerumph said:
Ya, a rollback might work, especially if this only started after you updated them.

Go ahead and report back with the results of that outlet change. If it does reduce the noise, you are gonna either want to acquire a power conditioner to plug your components into, or have an electrician examine your outlets for grounding issues. A new PSU might be in order though as well depending on what you want to try out.


No difference on the different outlet I'm afraid, no better and no worse. I'm gonna put it down to a PSU or soundcard problem...was going to upgrade my motherboard VERY soon anyway so we shall see if that's the problem. Different driver versions seemed to make it worse instead of better sooo :/ 
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April 20, 2014 3:18:41 PM

samborambo56 said:

No difference on the different outlet I'm afraid, no better and no worse. I'm gonna put it down to a PSU or soundcard problem...was going to upgrade my motherboard VERY soon anyway so we shall see if that's the problem. Different driver versions seemed to make it worse instead of better sooo :/ 


Ya it does seem like it may be somewhere on the MB, though if you want to do one more bit of diagnosis before plopping down the big $$, you might want to spring for an in-espensive external audiocard. Tiger has one for 10$ here. Still, it may just be a good idea to hold off and just go for the new MB.
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April 21, 2014 1:22:52 AM

Nerumph said:
samborambo56 said:

No difference on the different outlet I'm afraid, no better and no worse. I'm gonna put it down to a PSU or soundcard problem...was going to upgrade my motherboard VERY soon anyway so we shall see if that's the problem. Different driver versions seemed to make it worse instead of better sooo :/ 


Ya it does seem like it may be somewhere on the MB, though if you want to do one more bit of diagnosis before plopping down the big $$, you might want to spring for an in-espensive external audiocard. Tiger has one for 10$ here. Still, it may just be a good idea to hold off and just go for the new MB.


I've already tried using one of those :/  I've got two in fact.

I really feel as if it could be my motherboard. My motherboard doesn't support my processor fully either so under-clocks it to 3GHz instead of 3.5GHz. Meh, I'll get the new motherboard anyway so that I can run at 3.5GHz and see if that fixes this problem also. I'll probably do a fresh windows 7 install as well and see if that does anything.

Thanks again.
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June 9, 2014 10:16:06 AM

samborambo56 said:
Nerumph said:
Okey... hmm... go ahead and post your system specs here so we can ensure it doesn't have anything to do with that.

Also, you said it is only with the audio, no stuttering with the video when you're recording?


Nope, video is always absolutely fine :S
AMD Fx 8320 eight core
8GB RAM @ 1600mhz
2x 1TB drives
AMD Radeon 7870 GHz edition over clocked with 14.2 beta drivers
500w corsair psu...pushing it a bit I know- but I've had no problems so far after a good few months


sorry dude your psu need to be 600 + watts to run the sys you have. with low power unit. will cause issues with hdds coming and going and it also messes and reports smart data incorrectly example( if your drive has to stop and start through lack of sufficient power. it will report it a a faulty drive) also when you are recording make sure you can record to a drive that is fast enough to take the data as its created otherwise u will have stutter as well as other issues. I use corsair 1000watt psu and have no issues.
my sys
amd 8core 3.6ghz ... gtx660 x 2, 32gig ddr3. 1 x 500gig ssd, 1 x 4tb, 1x 1tb, 3 x 500gig......
insufficient power will cause issues that are not necessarily noticed
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September 9, 2014 6:03:29 PM

vermin8tor said:
samborambo56 said:
Nerumph said:
Okey... hmm... go ahead and post your system specs here so we can ensure it doesn't have anything to do with that.

Also, you said it is only with the audio, no stuttering with the video when you're recording?


Nope, video is always absolutely fine :S
AMD Fx 8320 eight core
8GB RAM @ 1600mhz
2x 1TB drives
AMD Radeon 7870 GHz edition over clocked with 14.2 beta drivers
500w corsair psu...pushing it a bit I know- but I've had no problems so far after a good few months


sorry dude your psu need to be 600 + watts to run the sys you have. with low power unit. will cause issues with hdds coming and going and it also messes and reports smart data incorrectly example( if your drive has to stop and start through lack of sufficient power. it will report it a a faulty drive) also when you are recording make sure you can record to a drive that is fast enough to take the data as its created otherwise u will have stutter as well as other issues. I use corsair 1000watt psu and have no issues.
my sys
amd 8core 3.6ghz ... gtx660 x 2, 32gig ddr3. 1 x 500gig ssd, 1 x 4tb, 1x 1tb, 3 x 500gig......
insufficient power will cause issues that are not necessarily noticed


I would not touch your PSU if I were you. Are you using a MSI motherboard? I built 5 computers recently and on the first 2 i used MSI motherboards(cheaper ones) and out of the two one's sound was completely not working so i purchased a sound card installed it and now i get great audio but when i try to use my mic i sound like a little midget robot, im going to chalk that up to the mobo considering i already switched the PSU on this computer twice thinking it may of been that. Just my opinion but you should look up your mobo and then cross reference the reviews on newegg and other websites for that mobo and see if other people are having sound related problems. :) 
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