Why does my microphone keep slowly getting quiet
I read an interesting post from Scott Hanselman the other day pertaining to microphones and remote workers. Oddly enough we have been battling an issue in the office over the past couple of weeks where a person’s microphone would be awesome at the start of a meeting…but then slowly degrade over time. Not degrade in quality, just that the volume would slowly get lower and lowers. So he would be speaking and it was as if he just started to walk away from the conversation. As we use google voice, skype, and gotomeeting, there were three apps (we thought) potentially cancelling one another out. We looked and looked through the app settings for the culprit and finally just decided to look for an all app solution. As it turns out there is an easy one!
To permanently solve this issue for all applications start by going to the volume control in the lower left. Right click. Choose recording devices.
Select the device you are using for your microphone. Click properties.
Then choose the advanced tab.
Uncheck the “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device”.
Click OK. Good to go!