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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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Is it possible to unmute the line-in/microphone output on a laptop?

I want to unmute line-in/microphone sound on a laptop. On my desktop PC, it's disabled by default, so you don't hear sound coming from it at all times, but it can be unmuted via Control Panel > ...
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How do I disable microphone volume auto-adjusting?

My coworkers started yelling at me today because apparently I started screaming in their ears during a Google hangout. And sure enough, when I go to the Microphone settings dialog, I can see the level ...
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What causes crackles on a USB microphone when connected via a USB hub?

I'm using a Logitech USB Desktop Microphone. It works perfectly when connected directly to the PC. However, if I connect it via a USB hub, it still is recognised, but I get all kinds of crackles and ...
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Built-in camera and mic don't work after upgrading to Windows 7

I upgraded the OS on my Sony VAIO laptop from Windows Vista to Windows 7 but now my built-in camera and microphone no longer work. I've checked Device Manager but it seems they are not there, nor can ...
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Good quality audio conferencing without a headset

I work at home and am doing a lot more video conferencing than I used to. I also use a softphone on the computer for most of my phone calls as well. Particularly when video conferencing I would like ...
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How to disable Autoplay events for a specific device?

I have this USB microphone, and I usually keep it connected to my Windows XP box for recording, but since there are not too many USB ports on it, I sometimes have to disconnect it to use the port for ...
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Microphone has stopped working on my Windows 7 laptop

When I check Control Panel, it's not showing a microphone. I tried to update the audio drivers but it's showing that it's up-to-date. I am running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit on a Dell XPS 15 ...
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Microphone doesn't work for any program except for the control panel

I'm using both a line in mic, and a built in microphone array with my laptop. When I go to Control panel > Hardware and Sound > Manage audio devices, I see the bars go up and down in the recording ...
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Microphone issue: extremely confused, mic plays computer sound directly

I'm using Windows 7 and a Razer headset. I was using Skype, talking to a friend with just the pink jack plugged in so that I can hear his voice through speakers and he can hear me perfectly fine. I ...
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spectrum analyzer that shows 'live' input from the microphone

I have a friend which helps children with speaking disabilities, and she needs some software that shows the amplitude of the sound immediately as the children speak through the microphone. I have ...
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How can I chat without microphone?

HOw can I do this on my laptop? I've an Acer Extensa 4620. I want to know the settings for both Windows XP and Windows 7.
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What to look for in a good open conference microphone? [closed]

In our offices, we have morning huddles in an open 20x20 ft area. Some of our staff are remote, so they Skype/ooVoo into the huddle. We have issues with finding the right microphone to pick up ...
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Live Microphone Playback in Windows 7

I've just upgraded to Windows 7 on my Dell Latitude E5500. I have installed all the default drivers but how can I configure the laptop to enable live microphone playback? I managed to do this in XP ...
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Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 microphone doesn't capture audio

I got a Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000, the cam itself is working as it honors the UVC spec. This fancy WebCam has a integrated mic which worked some time before but now, it does no more. (Note: I use ...
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Monitoring the microphone level with a command line tool in Linux

I am looking for a tool that will tell me, in less than half a second, if the microphone is picking up any sound above a certain threshold. (I plan to then mute the Master channel with another command ...
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Microphone not working in Ubuntu Natty

Problem: I can hear myself speak in the mic but Ubuntu is not recording/capturing the sound. Actions Taken: I followed all the steps listed here for the Alsa update script I've also tried changing ...
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windows 7 or Skype ignores microphone's boost at EACH conversation

Using REaltek codek and Windows 7. Microphone becomes silent since the begining of every Skype conversation. It forces me to set mic boost on 0db and then again on 20db EVERY single conversation. ...
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Is it possible to change the name of the speaker/microphone on windows XP?

I am currently developing some software and am working with an audio related API which has an odd quirk, if a microphone and speaker have exactly the same name, the API fails to load them properly. In ...
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How to connect the speaker out jack from a Sound Blaster card to cell phone mic input

I am trying to connect the speaker out jack from a PC Sound Blaster card to my cell phone, a Nokia e72, using the headset 3.5mm connector. I have already converted stereo to mono and routed one of ...
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Mic/Audio doesn't work when using Webcam

I recently got a Thinkpad T420 laptop with a webcam. The audio and microphone work fine as long as I'm not using the webcam. However, when I use a program like Skype or Windows Live Messenger to video ...
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can i connect my phone audio(headphones/mic) to computer's (mic/headphones) jack?

I would like to connect my Motorola phone, which is having common USB plug to charge and connect headset, to connect to laptop's mic and headphone. So what I want is to connect mobile's audio ...
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How to feed my speaker to my microphone?

I am chatting on gtalk and want the following things to happen: I am listening a song in Windows Media Player and I want my friend on the gtalk to hear what I am playing on my PC simultaneously I ...
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How to Disable Microphone in a Secure Fashion?

Like most laptops my laptop has a built in microphone. I don't use it for anything, so I consider it a bit of a liability. Due to the fact that I'm paranoid and don't want this hardware to be used to ...
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Ubuntu doesn't detect microphone

The built in microphone of my Dell Inspiron 1525 is working fine in Windows. But it is not getting detected in Ubuntu. What can I do to make it functional.
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How to record sounds directly from my soundcard?

I want to record a sound that comes from a program in my computer, directly from my soundcard, not using crappy microphone to record it! I was able to do this easily on WinXP by choosing "what u ...
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Bad sound quality of 3.5mm headphone with mic on laptop

I have a set of headphones that have a built-in mic for hands-free calling. They work great on my Sony Ericsson Cedar cellphone. The problem is that when I connect headphone to my Dell N5010 laptop ...
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Mic on Macbook Pro not working properly

I don't often use my built in microphone (or any audio input) but today i need to use and it doesn't show any input. That is unless I tap the left speaker, then it does record the taps. But nothing ...
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Chrome OS (CR-48) mic boost?

The built in mic is way too quiet. It seems to be line level and needs boosted. Is there a way to do this?
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Prevent audio recording applications from picking up non-microphone audio output

When talking to people over Mumble/Teamspeak/Ventrilo, I have a few who are broadcasting all of their audio output (e.g. music playing in the background, game sounds, etc.) whenever they are sending ...
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How can I use the Mic of my Headset, but sound of my In Ears?

Well the title says everything, I'll give specifications on in this box ;) The headset = USB from Logitech \ \ My in ears are 3.5mm 'Jack'.. from Sony I like the sound of the in ears ...
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How to enhance notebook microphone quality? Asus u30jc

I have an asus u30jc notebook and people hear me very badly when we talk via skype or google talk. I've tried to record sound via standard Windows 7 utility and it records really terrible sound. I ...
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Looking for Headset to 2-in-1 adapter

I'm looking for an adapter that lets me connect my Headset (1 headphone connector, 1 microphone connector) to my laptop, which has headphone/microphone combination connector, like it can be found on ...
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How can I fix a feedback loop on my microphone in Linux?

First off, this isn't the usual "physical" feedback of a speaker being too close to the mic. This mic is part of a headset so there's no way for the output and input to overlap and cause feedback. ...
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wireless headset and voice amplification

If a line-in mic will amplify my voice over the computer speakers, why won't my wireless headset do the same? It interacts with the computer in all capacities except as an amplifying device.
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virtual microphone: File -> Microphone -> Application

I need debug my program and I need something like a virtual microphone. I would like device "microphone" where I can put sound file and this file will be input for microphone stream. And in ...
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Microphone array support in Windows. Info on performance and compatible hardware?

It is officially claimed by Microsoft (Audio Device Technologies for Windows), that Windows Vista has an integrated system-level support of microphone arrays for improved sound capturing by isolating ...
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Do I need a headset? Or can I use a microphone at the same time as my 5.1 speakers?

Basically, I'm concerned that if I use a microphone---or, the microphone function on a headset---the speaker-sound will feed back in to the microphone as well. Use case: playing computer games with ...
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Outputing a Microphone input to a USB Audio output?

Say I have some beast USB speakers. I also have a Microphone input on the back of my PC. The Microphone input will happily output on the same card, but I cannot figure out how to 'route' the output ...
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Windows 7 switches on my mic when a sound plays

I have a Toshiba Portege laptop with windows 7 installed. Whenever the laptop plays a sound, the microphone is switched on. This is very annoying with headphones. How do I switch off the mic?
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Quality of bluetooth headsets as microphone

I'm thinking about getting a bluetooth headset to use primarily as computer microphone. Question is: do they typically have good quality compared to traditional wireless microphones (or classic wired ...
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Direct sound from speakers (output) to mic (input)

This is an attempt make Skype and Ventrilo more fun/easier. I'm essentially looking for a method/hardware/application that does essentially the same thing as me physically moving my speakers to beside ...
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Why doesn't my microphone work?

When I talk into my microphone while there are no programs using it I can hear myself in the headphones. When I try to record myself using a program it doesn't record any audio. I am using Windows 7 ...
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Using Mic on MAC Mini?

Can anybody tell me how to use Headphone with Mic on MAC Mini??? I have HP Headphone (with Mic), i am able to connect Headphone but Mic is not Working.. Please tell me any solution for this.
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How to play the sound from the microphone?

I would like to amplify my voice using the computer. My Windows won't play the audio from the mic by default. How to configure it to do so? Should I use some app? Which one?
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Is there a way to suppress keyboard sounds picked up by a desktop microphone in Windows 7?

The problem I'd like to solve is that my desktop microphone picks up all my keystrokes very loudly compared with my voice. Even just lightly tapping a key without depressing it causes a loud click to ...
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Stereo mix only records mic input on left speaker

When I record the microphone input alone, it sounds on both channels. If I record it on stereo mix, it sounds only on the left side. I want to use stereo mix and get mic input in stereo. How do I do ...
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How to play MP3 files into the microphone input

In a chat session, whenever I want the other person to hear a pre-recorded voice, I need to play it on my speakers and use my microphone to capture it. How can I play MP3 files into the microphone ...
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Can I get Microsoft Messenger for Mac to respect Sound System Preferences?

My system is a MBPro, running Snow Leopard 10.6.4 and Microsoft Messenger 7.0.2. I think this is just a bug in Microsoft Messenger for Mac. The scenario: I have the Griffin iMic USB sound ...
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Internal microphone is not working in Ubuntu at ThinkPad Edge

Guys, this problem seems to be common, but I can't find the solution. The internal microphone in my Ubuntu 10.04 is not working, though it works pretty fine in Windows. My laptop is ThinkPad Edge ...
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Microphone inputs - specifics

What voltage and current can I insert into usual microphone input in PC ?