For few who are using windows 7 has a problem with live recording. Microphone input may have a delay of 500ms to 1s when recording. This is most notable in apps like Ventrilo.
Here is your solution:
Download the driver from this location and installed it.
Restart the machine, and when restarting, a new utility will pop up and you will be able to regain control of your inputs in real time.
Its the same Realtek HD drivers most should already have, I guess. Windows Seven can't smell C-Media sound card if you don't install the C-Media drivers, unlike the Realtek, that was already installed and working (the wrong way) at first while setting up Windows Seven. So, the best option can be to get rid of Windows Seven sound manager and try to configure everything from, and only from, the Realtek manager.
So the first guide is don't try to configure anything from the Windows Seven audio manager and use only the own sound card manager. Don't even think to select the box "listen to this device". Run away as fast as you can from the Windows Seven audio manager, because it will up everything. I had done this with in my pc with Realtek integrated card, but I suppose this might work also for any other sound card with it's own audio manager.
Try to follow the steps and see if it works!
- Step 1, download and install (uninstalling the old ones first) the latest drivers available for your sound card, if possible, from the manufacturer's site.
- Step 2, it's very important that you change the Control Panel view from "Categories" to "Large Icons". You'll see why later. A couple of captures in case you don't know where to look.
- Step 3, go to Control Panel-Sound and click on "Recording" tab (or right click on the speaker icon at the systray and choose "Recording devices"). Look for the line-in or mic giving trouble and double click on it to open its properties window. Then click on the "Listen" tab. Once there, uncheck the "listen to this device" box and make sure that you've selected the default playback device.
- Step 4, click on the Playback tab and make sure that your sound card is set as default playback device properly. For instance:
- Step 5, click on "apply", "ok" and get out of there.
- Step 6, open the Control Panel and try to find your sound card audio manager. That's why is so important to change the view from categories to large (or small, anyway) icons. In the categories view you will never find it, but in the large icons view should appear. In my case, if you look again at the second image, it appears under the name "Realtech audio manager.
Whatever sound card you have, the audio manager should be there. Double click on the icon to open the sound card audio manager. First of all, click on the "device advanced settings" and select "separate all input jacks as independent devices".
The manager window will fade for a few seconds and then you should be able to configure every device separately, line in or mic, and adjusting the recording and playback volumes for each. Then click "Ok" and that's all, folks.
For the C-Media sound card it's even easier, because everything can be configured in the same window.
And that way, you can get rid of the lag in both sound cards with both line in and mic, playback or recording. The problem persists, although, if your mic or line in device is USB, because the sound card doesn't recognize it (unless your sound card have a USB connector) and the only way to configure it is by Windows 7 audio manager.
If the above hints works for you, come back and say thanks (or at least "it works!"), and if it doesn't, come back and say "not for me".
Otherwise it's like nobody is reading, just coming here and whining. And almost nobody is saying which sound card they have, for example, which makes it very difficult to find an specific solution. So, there we go again.