I am facing a issue while connecting my ATR2100 to my desktop computer via USB. The sound volume that is being recorded is very low. I have to amplify it each time after recording which distorts the sound quality. I checked YouTube videos and there direct recording graph on Audacity much higher than me. Here are the details of my configuration:

Microphone: Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB 
Connection: USB 
Sound Card: Realtek High Definition Audio 
Computer: Intel Core i3 2100 
Motherboard: DH61WW

My queries are:

  1. What could be causing this issue?
  2. Will the extra Audio Interface resolve the issue?
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    There are many possible causes here - too many to list. On the upside, a standalone audio interface will almost certainly help; they reduce the noise floor, reduce latency, giver greater signal definition etc. I heartily recommend getting one.
    – Rory Alsop
    Oct 3, 2016 at 9:24
  • Because it's a USB mic, I'm pretty sure it bypasses the Realtek soundcard. Are there driver settings, or settings in Window's Recording Devices dialog you can check? You used the term "direct recording graph", so I'm asuming you know very little about sound recording.
    – n00dles
    Oct 3, 2016 at 17:35

2 Answers 2


If you have the mic plugged into a front USB port on your computer it may be getting less power than expected. I have seen this more than once. Try connecting it to a USB port directly on the motherboard.


I checked other PCs as well. The issue was same. So I connected my Mic to Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 with XLR to 1/4" cable and its worked marvel. So decided to get a Audio Interface for PC. That's the only solution if you need a good quality sound input without distortion, clipping or audible background noises after amplifying it.

  • I have the same mic, and a scarlet 2i4 , and if I use XLR the level is still really low - I have to crank up the gain to almost max for it to work... Was that the same for you?
    – rmorse
    Nov 26, 2021 at 11:36

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