I am currently running a Creative X-Fi 5.1 Surround external sound card via USB. The attached Antlion ModMic tends to clip when shouting, especially with VoIP software. So I lowered the input volume to 20%, which seems to be a reasonable value between my voice being loud enough and not clipping if speaking louder.
I am also rerouting the mics input to my headphones, which is a built-in feature of the soundcard. When clipping in VoIP/recording software occurs, the rerouted input is not clipping. Therefore I assume the input frequency range gets chopped of either by the OS or by the soundcards driver.
Is there any software to automatically decrease/increase the mics input volume like some VoIP (Discord, Skype) do, but system-wide?
Otherwise I am willing to buy a new sound card having these features:
- external (USB)
- speaker output (5.1 via audio jacks appreciated)
- headphone output/microphone input
- automatically switching between speakers and headphones by plugging/unplugging headphones
- good audio quality with automatic input leveling
- up to 200$
Any suggestions on the latter?