The microphone is a transducer that converts sound into electrical signals. Microphones are used in many applications such as telephones, tape recorders, hearing aids, concerts and in radio and television.

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Blue Yeti Forces Itself as Default Speaker (Windows)

I have a Blue Yeti Microphone and I have an extremely annoying problem, no matter what I do, every time I reboot my PC it forces itself as my default speaker. I want my VIA definition audio as my ...
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Alternate audio driver (replace Realtek)

Is there any alternative to Realtek HD Audio driver? The reason I ask is because Realtek's audio driver makes my microphone sound really bad (friends tell me they can barely hear me). However, if I ...
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How can I improve bluetooth audio quality on Windows 7?

I just bought the Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 9 Wireless Headset. The overall sound quality is very high when I connect it with phones or tablets. But the sound quality is very poor when I connect it via ...
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Log amout of times sound is detected

I would like to log the amount of times a specific sound (in my case 4 seconds) is detected by the microphone from the real world enviroment. It could be either realtime or from a pre-recorded file. ...
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How To Enable Windows Microphone Amplifier

I just bought a new microphone for my Windows PC which I plugged into my external USB SoundBlaster X-Fi Pro. It works, but if I'm away for more than 30cm the recorded voice is almost silent. ...
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Listen to Mac audio in a PC

I have a $200 Apogee MiC that I want to plug into my PC for Skype, but it is only usable through a Mac (I have a 2009 iMac and a gaming PC I built, side-by-side). So, I plugged my MiC into the iMac ...
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How to disable front panel in Optiplex 960?

I have a little problem in my PC. My microphone was plugged into the front panel but my nephew broke its plug and half of it is now stuck in the hole. I can't use the rear panel because the PC ...
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Skype is auto increasing volume

Ok I have an odd issue going on here. Skype keeps increasing my volume despite having automatically adjust microphone settings unchecked. I have unchecked give applications exclusive control in sound ...
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How can I check if my laptop's 3.5mm audio port works with a microphone?

I am ordering a Logitech headset that has separate audio and mic connectors. My laptop only has one 3.5mm audio port. How can I tell if my laptop audio port works with a microphone? I am in the ...
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FFMPEG: commandline options to recording audio from mic and speakers

I am using ffmpeg version 2.4.7 on Fedora-21 workstation. I want to record audio, simultaneously from microphone and speakers as separate streams. I am using the following command for it. ffmpeg -f ...
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Can I make my Plantronics Savi 440 sound as good as my Logitech H760?

I'm in search of the golden goose here. I use both Windows and OSX. I have used Logitech H760 for years and love it. I've gone through about 7 because of a plastic piece on the headset keeps breaking. ...
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Skype automatically adjusts my microphone volume Windows 7

A little preface: I know this question has been asked over and over, but the archived answers unfortunately don't solve my problem. Skype automatically increases my volume to ear-deafening levels ...
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USB Microphone does not work well on Windows 8/8.1

Environment: Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Microphone: Audio Technica AT2005USB Bose headset microphone Issue: Recording volume very low, even at maximum gain. Google Search: Microsoft Post Like the user in ...
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Is it possible for my bluetooth headset to have high microphone input?

I feel like I'm approaching this problem from the opposite direction from many on the interwebs. I don't care very much about speaker quality. I spend most of the day in voip calls in Google Hangouts ...
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Can I connect to a remote desktop computer to make a call using a home telephone landline number?

I am living in country B, I own a residence in country A where my family lives. There is a desktop computer that I remotely access and use through TeamViewer. Can I use that computer to make calls ...
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Can a PC react to phone headset controls?

I have seen MacBook users plug in their headsets and being able to use the remote controls for volume, play and pause without a problem. According to this answer, the signals are sent over the wire ...
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Windows 8 lowers volume on using any software that involves the microphone

This is not affected by Do nothing in Sound > Communication tab. So everytime I open a software that may involve microphone usage, my playback volume is automatically lowered. Easily reproducible by ...
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Google Chrome adjusts my mic volume in spite of Windows settings

My computer is running Windows 7 64-bit with a soundMAX audio card. In the Sound settings in Control Panel, Windows is set to Do nothing when it detects communications activity. In the microphone ...
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How to Use Mic On Computer (PC) With 4-Contact TRRS?

I have a Dell PC that have a single input for Microphone and Audio. I connected a Mobile Phone Headset to it. Speakers Work well but Microphone is not working...! What should I do. (When I connect ...
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VLC: how to autostart streaming of audio from linein or mic in?

I'm able to configure VLC manually to stream my microphone or my line-in input via http as an mp3 streaming. It works Now I need to autostart this when windows starts, because my pc is here just for ...
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VSTHost: How to configure “wave devices” without latency/delay problems?

I have this physical connection: "line in" Mike -------------------> Computer And I was using Windows 7 with the following settings: Playback devices --> Recording --> Line ...
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How can I deliberately create and echo in my headset's microphone? [closed]

As odd as it may seem, I actually want someone I'm communicating with via VoIP (namely Skype) to hear what I'm hearing out of my headset's speakers. Is there a program that will allow me to do this ...
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Using two different microphones in Dragon NaturallySpeaking: different user profiles vs. same user profile with different sources

When using two different microphones in Dragon NaturallySpeaking, in terms of speech recognition accuracy is it better to use two distinct user profiles, or is it OK to use the same user profile with ...
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Microphone volume gets low after while

The volume on my USB microphone (Sennheiser pc363d) gets really low after a random time interval. (My friends on skype says the volume on my mic is so low you can barely hear it, although it isn't ...
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Simultaneously record microphone and speakers

Ok, I know this has been asked multiple times on every website imaginable but I've still never been able to get an actual answer, so I'm hoping my asking this won't be a waste of time. I have a ...
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Some audio devices (PCM_in) could not be opened

Some audio devices (PCM_in) could not be opened. Guest applications generating audio output or depending on audio input may hang. Make sure your host audio device is working properly. Check the ...
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SB X-Fi External USB Soundcard and USB Mic input issues

I'm trying to run a USB Microphone (Rode Podcaster) and a USB external soundcard (SB X-Fi external) at the same time. Both plugged into my laptop, and when trying to use them with shoutcast (for ...
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OnBoard Microphone (P8Z77-V LK) has a lot of static

Recently my SoundBlaster has been acting up and my PC would occasionally BSOD with a STOP 124 message. I am trying to rule out or confirm it is my SB by removing it from my PC and using onboard audio ...
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Use Thinkpad T440p combined mic/headset jack

My Thinkpad T440p comes with a combined 3.5mm jack for input and output. When I plug in my mobile headset I only get very very low volume, almost inaudible even though I have ramped up all the ...
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MicroLab K310 headset. Mic not detected

Today I bought aforementioned headset and discovered that microphone on this headset is not being detected by anything. This headset got 1 3.5mm connector which I tried connecting to front panel ...
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How to record with an external microphone on my lenovo G50-70 laptop

How can I record with an external microphone on my lenovo G50-70 laptop? Normally most laptops have two jack in input, one for headset/ear piece and the other for a mic. This enables you connect a ...
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How to stop windows from auto-switch to external mic in combo-jack - windows 7 - Acer Aspire 5750

I have an internal mic, and a mic in my headphones which uses one and the same jack for both headphones and mic (combo jack). When I plug in the headphones, windows automatically switches to also use ...
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Select microphone device programmatically to virtual audio cable in Windows 7

I would like to programmatically select between two microphones as the input device/app that is the source for audio to the virtual audio cable (VAC). I have two different microphones, mic A and mic ...
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Microphone acting weird

I just paid 30 dollars for a new Afterglow mic/earpiece to use with my ps3 and it's acting weird. No matter what sensitivity it's on, it constantly detects some sound and activates, even in dead ...
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Record audio from Microphone and Computer/Speakers at same time?

The title basically says it all, this is what I have: Windows 8.1 x64 Playback Devices: Speakers(default): Levels: Realtek HD audio output: 54 (There are no other sliders on this screen) ...
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Why is Windows Speech Recognition not working?

I've used Windows Speech Recognition in the past on my laptop - using the built-in microphone and also via the WO mic software which "makes" ones Android phone into a microphone. I've done a decent ...
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Why is mic audio not working one-way in Google Hangouts on Windows 7 and Chrome

I am using Google Hangouts via Chrome on Windows 7. Video is working fine both ways, i.e. when in a hangout call, I am able to see the other person and they are able to see me. Audio was also working ...
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4-pin jack works on mac - with splitter it works on mac but not on windows

I have a problem with my mic on windows and I will be really gratefull if you could help me to solve it. Some times ago I bought an AKG Q460, I'm using it with my smartphone and with my MBP, and it's ...
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Speech-to-noise ratio in Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11+

The speech-to-noise ratio was changed to Pass/Fail in Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 in the Audio Setup Wizard (Microphone Check). Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10: Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11: Is ...
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Speaker sound volume drops when microphone is active

Whenever the microphone is used by some application, the speaker volume drops about 50%. Even if I open the sound device settings, the volume drops because the microphone will be activated. I already ...
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Manually set the microphone volume in Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Is it possible to manually set the microphone volume in Dragon NaturallySpeaking? The Dragon NaturallySpeaking Audio Setup Wizard automatically determines the supposedly best microphone volume (some ...
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How to decrease microphone buffer size

How do I decrease the microphone buffer size on a Windows 7 Home Premium machine (Sony Vaio notebook)? Sound card is "Realtek High Definition Audio". EDIT: "When recording audio into your computer, ...
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Is this sort of an audio adapter splitter that I'm looking for?

I have ASUS N550JV laptop and it has one COMBO audio jack. I want to use my Logitech G230 audio headset which has two jacks, one for audio and one for microphone. Searching the web, I realized I need ...
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record audio with builtin and external mic simultaneously

I want to record two channels of audio into Matlab on OSX, using the internal microphone and an external usb microphone at the same time. Is this possible without any additional hardware?
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When microphone is activated, bluetooth headset speakers produce noise

I'm using an August EP 650, connected via Bluetooth dongle to my desktop PC running Windows 7. The headphones work as intended. But as soon as I activate the microphone in windows settings (these ...
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Prevent applications from changing audio input gain

I have a USB mixer that is recognized by Windows as a USB microphone (as per the manufacturer's instructions). My microphone and other inputs are plugged into this mixer. Every once in a while when I ...
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Microphone produces humming noise

I have bought new headset and the headphones are working correctly, but if I connect the mic it produces low frequency humming noise. The microphone is connected using 3.5 jack. The noise is not white ...
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Desktop microphone causes subwoofer to vibrate

I have a cheap desktop microphone and some Klipsch Promedia speakers. The microphone used to work with these speakers, but now when the microphone is on, it causes the subwoofer to vibrate, increasing ...
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Why is my microphone's volume level keep resetting?

For some reason the microphone volume level keeps setting itself back to 0 and i have no idea why. This has nothing to do with Skype or MSN Messenger and setting the communication tab to "Do Nothing" ...
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Jack probs with heaphones/earbuds

So I already asked this question, but I couldn't respond to the answers. I can't hear out of the left ear of any headphones/earbuds because I have to push the jack towards the Earth to hear out of it. ...