Microphone volume very low

Hi all! :slight_smile:
Still experimenting on my first test project in Cubase! :slight_smile:
I had recorded a voice track using the notebook’s built-in microphone.
Since I had managed to do that recording, trying to record my voice again in another audio track, I always get a much lower volume. I mean, in the old recording, I can see the waveform in the track’s clip. I’m trying to record again the same vocals, more or less at the same voice volume, but I get a clip in which the waveform is barely visible: it seems like a flat line, unless I zoom-in a lot.
I had changed many audio settings, both in Windows and in Cubase, before I found the good configuration (thank you again for all your help in this forum! :slight_smile: ). So I suspect I might have changed something to input configuration that caused this issue. For example, when I had recorded that voice clip, I was still using bluetooth headphones (now I use wired ones), even though I was already using the notebook’s built-in mic.
Do you have any suggestions about what should I check? Any best practices a newbie like me should know about recording vocals?
Thank you very much in advance and… happy new year!! :slight_smile:

P.S. Attached screenshot of my tracks: first track is a VST guitar. Second track is the old recorded voice (good volume). The third one is the newly recorded voice (volume extremely low):

Buy a real microphone.
It’s much easier with an audio interface, a mic, and headphones.

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Thank you for your answer @st10ss ! :slight_smile:
I was suspecting this. I’m a totally newbie in music production. At the moment I’m using ASIO4All driver with wired headphones and notebook’s built-in mic.
So it would be a good idea to look for a hardware audio interface along with a microphone. Do you have any suggestions for an audio interface that could fit a beginner like me?
Thanks again! :slight_smile:

There are too many possibilities.

You can still buy a microphone with integrated interface.
The Rode and Audio Technica models are known for good sound, moderate prices and ease of use.
But some others might be very good as well.


Here’s some info about choosing an audio interface


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I personally would never get a usb mic as you will outgrow it quickly and it will be useless once you get an audio interface. A standard mic can be used in any interface.

I suggest you do a bit of research yourself. There are plenty of stuff already out there.

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So true. Even a super cheap audio interface + a supercheap condenser mic would be better.

Plus you will learn many things about recording by using separate devices.

Here is a search I set up sorted by price.


Thank you all for your answers!
@raino I read the guide, interesting and informative, thanks! :slight_smile:

Ok, so I’ll look for a dedicated audio interface and a standard condenser mic.
@steve I’ll start by checking your search and I’ll also have a look by myself. Thank you! :slight_smile:

Thank you all for your help, I really appreciate! :slight_smile:

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Buying this for my Son, could be worth checking out.