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I have a microphone with all the software set up correctly, but there is a loose connection somewhere. I'd like some software to give me instant feedback on whether the computer is picking up the sound of my voice so that I can wiggle some wires and work out where the fault is. Any suggestions?

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by feedback, do you mean specifically audio feedback? Or are you able to monitor the screen whilst wiggling wires? – RJFalconer Apr 21 '10 at 10:38
    
either audio or visual will do... as long as its instant. – Mick Apr 21 '10 at 10:42
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you could probably use audacity - it has both an audio level meter and a graph

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The Volume Control panel shows a monitor for input devices. I think they added it in one of the Service Packs. If you play a constant tone and put the microphone in front of the speaker, you can use the monitor to see when it works/dies.

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@echoback: I can't see a "monitor" on the volume control panel. – Mick Apr 21 '10 at 10:56

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