Windows sound settings update - option to boost microphone removed?

I have noticed after the recent updates that The dialogue box for sound settings is changed, specifically 'Device Properties' Under the microphone. Previously with 3.5mm jack/built-in microphones there was the option to boost the microphone by I think up to 30 dB in increments of time which I found helped lots with sensitivity for my voice dictation software. Can I presume that this option has been removed from Windows and if so can I ask why?
Hi, Qaaya,

Settings > System > Sound
Under Choose your Input Device
Ensure Microphone is selected
Click Device Properties
You can Increase the Volume using the Slider

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Hi Pat,

Thanks for the reply. I'm aware  of the volume slider. On the old system under the volume slider there was an option for microphone boost which is now gone.

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Right click on Volume Icon in Taskbar
Select Volume Mixer
You can adjust sound here as well.
You might also Run the Troubleshooter found in the menu.

In Manage Sound Devices do you see a Stereo Mix?
Ensure it's not Disabled

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Locate and right-click on the Sound icon in the taskbar (represented by a Speaker icon).
Click on Recording devices.
Locate and right-click on your computer’s active microphone. Depending on your setup, there may be more than one microphones present in the Recording tab of the Sound window, but your computer’s active microphone will have a green check mark next to it.
Click on Properties in the resulting context menu.
Navigate to the Levels tab.
First and foremost, turn the slider under the Microphone section all the way up to make sure that the microphone’s volume is set to 100, no less.
If increasing the microphone’s volume to 100 isn’t enough to get the job done or if the microphone’s volume was already set to 100, you can ahead and add some Microphone Boost to the mix as well.
*The Microphone Boost feature can give a boost of up to 30.0 dB to the volume of your microphone – all you need to do in order to use this feature is select just how much of a boost you want your microphone’s volume to get using the slider under the Microphone Boost option. When tinkering around with the Microphone Boost feature, is it best to be in communication with another person via the same microphone you are applying the Microphone Boost to so that you can ask the other person for feedback pertaining to the mic’s volume at the same time you adjust it.
Once done, click on Apply and then on OK.
Click on Apply and then on OK in the Sound window to close that as well.

I’ve noted the boost with a *. If you can’t find the Db boost under Windows 10 then chances are it has been removed.
https://appuals.com/turn-mic-volume-windows-10/

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Last updated January 28, 2021 Views 1,497 Applies to: