Muffled Mic Recording

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I've searched the threads and took the advise on changing the bit rate to 44100 hz. I did this for the mic first, then the speakers(image) and then the Stereo Mix (Realtek High Definition Audio).

One at a time, I would record and then listen for improvement. No dice!

My drivers are all up to date.

FYI - I have the mic with headphones plugged into the mic input in the front of an hp tower. However, when I listen to my recordings, I have to unplug and replug the headphones/mic into the headphone slot to listen to whatever I record.

I spent 2 hours one day, took one day off, and then tried today for 3 hours with no success. When through half dozen youtube tutorials with no progress.

The messed up part is that everything was working fine. I moved to a place, plugged everything
s in like it was and still sounds muffled.(as if its lacking treble)

So frustrating. Any tips? Would be awesomely appreciated. I'm using windows10.

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paulwilliamengle

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What product did you use for your mic recording? Snagit? Camtasia? 
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Alex Rendon

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Hey Paul, thanks for responding. I used Camtasia for mic recording.
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Joe Morgan

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Is this a nice mic or a captain cheapo mic?
Meaning, cheap cord and wire?
Is it a USB mic?
Any chance you can borrow another mic and try it real quick?
I got a hunch it may be a defective wire. Mic's themselves rarely go bad.

Regards,Joe
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Hey Joe, this is the mic im using.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075R88PGL/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I don't have another mic but I'm sure I can buy a cheap one to test it within 24 hours. Assuming there are not other settings I should consider. 
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Alex, 

Take what I'm about to say with a grain of salt, but I think you'd be better off with a USB microphone. 

The advice I've come across that USB microphones fare better than 3.5mm headphones as the analog/digital conversion occurs in the unit BEFORE it hits your computer's sound card. I'm not saying you'll sound like Morgan Freeman's dulcet tones in an NPR interview, I'm just saying I'd pick USB over 3.5mm (I'd pick an XLR setup over USB, but that's a whoollleee other conversation.) 

In reading over this documentation, this doesn't look like a high-quality microphone. I'd be shocked if a microphone under $50 was truly able to achieve a frequency response of 18hz-20khz as that seems well beyond this range of microphones. 
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If theres another setting you can try, I'm not sure what that might be.
The best bang for your buck will be a USB mic.
They cost a little to a lot more than the small single pinned mics like the one you're running now.
For voice capture to a recording. Their better than what your running now.
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Finally got it working. If you notice in the Amazon link I shared, there is a 3.5mm Y splitter. One goes to the microphone and the other to headphones. 

I never used this before because it was working flawlessly. Instead of selecting microphone in camtasia, I selected stereo mix because it still sounded weird if I selected microphone.

Under sound settings I had output to "speakers" and input to "microphone." And under microphone devices I un-selected "listen to this device." That did it for me! 

Close to 6 hours spent trying to fix this. Thanks for all help guy's. Really appreciate it.