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Recording sound, playback sounds strange and distorted

  1. #1


    Gateshead
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Recording sound, playback sounds strange and distorted


    Firstly Hi, i'm brand new. Secondly, apologies if this has already been covered.

    I recently purchased a Lenovo G580 from Curry's. My main intention of use is to write and record music on some music recording software. This software hasn't arrived yet, so I was playing around with the Sound Recorder. When playing back the recording I get a weird noise, which I can only describe as sounding like it's being played underwater. It's like a wobbly, distorted noise.

    I have tried using a third party sound recorder and have also used a different audio player and yet the problem persisits. Can anyone help me out with this?

    Much appreciated,

    R

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  2. #2


    Strathpine, Queensland
    Posts : 179
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by renegade View Post
    Firstly Hi, i'm brand new. Secondly, apologies if this has already been covered.

    I recently purchased a Lenovo G580 from Curry's. My main intention of use is to write and record music on some music recording software. This software hasn't arrived yet, so I was playing around with the Sound Recorder. When playing back the recording I get a weird noise, which I can only describe as sounding like it's being played underwater. It's like a wobbly, distorted noise.

    I have tried using a third party sound recorder and have also used a different audio player and yet the problem persisits. Can anyone help me out with this?

    Much appreciated,

    R
    Hi Renegade, welcome to Eight Forums!

    When you're doing so, are you using the built in microphone? (I'm presuming it's a laptop, correct me if I'm wrong). If you are, it may very well be the microphone recording quality itself, try a new one maybe? That applies for headsets, microphones on their own and external recording devices.

    Also, try in a VERY quiet room, play some music while recording (from an iPod or something) and see if the playback still has that sound overlay. If it does, then it's the microphone.
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  3. #3


    Gateshead
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Hi and thanks for the reply.

    Yes, I'm using the in built microphone and it's a laptop yeah. Thank you I will try that out.

    I'm sure I remebmer having this problem on an old laptop years ago but can't remember the fix.

    I'll keep you updated

    R
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  4. #4


    Strathpine, Queensland
    Posts : 179
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by renegade View Post
    Hi and thanks for the reply.

    Yes, I'm using the in built microphone and it's a laptop yeah. Thank you I will try that out.

    I'm sure I remebmer having this problem on an old laptop years ago but can't remember the fix.

    I'll keep you updated

    R
    All good mate.

    I do know that some laptop's built in microphones have a "distortion" problem when running Windows 7/8, as I experienced myself on my laptop a few weeks back, but it seemed to fix itself up. Can't remember the fix I used on my other machine with the same problem though.

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  5. #5


    Gateshead
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Ah right,

    I know someone mentioned 'make sure that the input isn't the output as it creates a feedback loop' not too sure what this means. But anyway I'll try that out once i'm home. Thanks for the advice.

    R
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  6. #6


    Strathpine, Queensland
    Posts : 179
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by renegade View Post
    Ah right,

    I know someone mentioned 'make sure that the input isn't the output as it creates a feedback loop' not too sure what this means. But anyway I'll try that out once i'm home. Thanks for the advice.

    R
    Lmao, "output" on a microphone. If Microsoft made that an actual option... HAHAHA.

    But yeah, I have heard that causes problems. Going into the sound options (can't remember off the top of my head), you can check sound devices and what their device input/output is. Might be worth the look.

    On my laptop, it shows 2 devices; the speakers, and the microphone respectively.
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  7. #7


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    First, try to update the sound drivers.
    Drivers and software - Lenovo G580(2689) Notebooks

    Also you will need to see the options in the sound; this depends what sound manufacturer (Conexant or Realtek in your case) that is and by using their software (audio settings or something like that), look for options, microphone options: sometimes damping or noise cancellation settings are available and activated (optimized for voice) and you will need to disable/change those according to what you record. Then test the micro with different settings and use what works best.

    Looking on the provided link:
    -Conexant Audio Driver
    -Realtek Audio Driver

    Choose the one you have installed.

    That's it.
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