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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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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How do I test the microphone in Windows 7?

I attached a microphone to my computer, and it was detected. It's all setup, now I want to test that it's actually working, and that it's working well. I tried sound recorder, but it didn't record ...
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how to hear mic sound over speakers- Ubuntu karmic

I want to hear the sound that goes into the notebook's mic from the notebook's speaker itself. I am on Ubuntu 9.10
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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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Combine Multiple Audio Files into a single higher-quality audio File

BACKGROUND My team gave a demo to a large audience - we recorded the audio of the demo in multiple locations in the room (3) the audio was recorded using cheap laptop microphones I was not involved ...
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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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Key to mute my Skype mic?

I'm using a Mac. Is there a keyboard shortcut for muting the mic during a call? I can't find one, and I often need to toggle mute/unmute. Clicking the button on the Skype interface is very ...
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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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Virtual Microphone setup (eg. play mp3 into the microphone port)

Is there a way to stream audio into the microphone port without jacking the speaker audio cable into the mic port? Operating systems: Windows, Linux
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Can Windows use headsets that have a single audio jack with 4 rings?

As you guys may know, for several years now, Apple uses 4-ring headphone jacks instead of 3-ring headphone jacks, and the fourth ring is dedicated to microphone input. This is what lets you have ...
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Installing a fake microphone on Windows Server

My application, that is running on Windows Server (which is an instance on Amazon EC2) requires Skype to be able to make phone calls. The server, of course, does not have a microphone installed and I ...
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Does the sound card matter when using a USB mic? [on hold]

I have a PC laptop and it records bad when I use analog input mic. If I buy a USB mic like Blue Yeti, does this kind of microphones skip sound card, since the data is digital? Thus I may expect ...
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How to output microphone directly to speakers?

I want my microphone to directly output to my laptop's speakers. I'm able to do something along these lines by recording then playing, but I want to do it live. Any suggestions how to do this?
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How can I re-enable microphone?

I've an ASUS K42JP. I disabled the microphone device, and I have got the following message: Your microphone device has been removed How can I re-enabled the microphone? It is an internal one.
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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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How do I listen to my microphone through my speakers in Windows 7?

I've looked around for the answer, and before you say it, I've used the "Listen to this device" feature built into Windows. The issue is that I have a USB microphone and there is a second delay before ...
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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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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 use iPhone headsets as a computer microphone?

iPhone headsets have both microphone and headphone functionality using 1 jack. However, my computer has two jacks for two different things: Microphone and headphones. How can I use it for both on my ...
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Microphone volume at maximum yet too quiet

I have got a reasonbly basic desktop microphone, however for reasons that I don't understand it is extremley quiet. I dual boot, both systems run Windows 7, one system is working just fine although ...
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I have nice headphones. Need a wireless USB microphone so I don't have to switch to a headset to make a call

Right now, I have a pair of Sennheiser HD595 headphones. They are plugged into a DAC/headphone amp. I spend all day listening to music through them and they sound awesome. Then, for making calls, I ...
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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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Listen to a microphone remotely

Is there a way to listen remotely to a microphone located on a another computer? I don't want to do a remote desktop connection with sound support, nor to connect to a webcam using some client (Java, ...
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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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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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Audio-Technica AT2020 - Quiet in Windows 8

I have an Audio-Technica AT2020 that I have used for years with Windows 7 without any issues. I just formatted and installed Windows 8. My microphone is recognized, but it's VERY quiet. I've found ...
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How to stop the 'live' mic sound playing through the speakers?

I have an old Toshiba Laptop (Satellite 1900-03) running Windows XP. I recently bought a little microphone to plug into the mic port but discovered that the sound is being fed live through the ...
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Always allow microphone usage in Google Chrome

Is there a way to always allow Google Chrome to use my microphone and camera for a certain site? I like using the new Google Voice Search but whenever I click the mic button it asks if Chrome is ...
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How do I swap back my audio device?

It seems my microphone and speaker devices are swapped somehow. (Note that this device can detect whether my mic is unplugged/ plugged in) I cannnot input sound using my microphone However, when ...
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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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using bluetooth headset over steam

I've been playing L4D recently and people usually get irritated when you play without a proper headset. Instead of running out and buying one, can i use my existing BT headset (jawbone), pair it to ...
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Getting a microphone to work on a Mac Mini

I just bought a new microphone, and plugged it into the back of my Mac Mini. I can't seem to get it to work. I went to System Preferences > Sound > Input, and the only device I see listed is "line ...
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How to disable microphone auto increase in volume?

My friend on Skype constantly has his microphone volume increased automatically. After he says something in a loud voice the microphone goes back to normal. This also happens on RaidCall. It seems ...
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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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How can I get a headset's microphone to work on a laptop's combo audio jack?

I have an Asus laptop (K42JP to be more specific), running Windows 7, that has a combo audio/microphone 3.5mm jack. When I connect either the iPhone's headset or a Nokia headset, I get a pop-up asking ...
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Sending microphone input over Remote Desktop 7.0

I am using Remote Desktop 7 (the new version that came out with Windows 7) to control a Windows XP Pro machine. I have selected "Record from this computer" in the Remote Audio settings. When I connect ...
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How do I install a microphone on a Mac Mini using iMic Griffin?

As other users before me, I have the problem of getting a microphone to work on a Mac Mini. See for example: Getting a microphone to work on a Mac Mini One suggested option was the use of a USB ...
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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 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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Windows 7 lock microphone levels

There are certain applications that use the microphone, but automatically change the volume when I use it which makes it too quiet. Is there a way in Windows to prevent these applications from ...
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Logitech h250 headset microphone does not output voice

My Logitech h250 headset was working for 5 months, then all of a sudden the microphone doesn't output anything but wind. The audio output works fine, but when I listen to a microphone recording, all I ...
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Microphone not working on Apple Macbook Air 1,1 (Early 2008; A1237) under Linux

I'm running Linux on the MBA. I can't make the microphone work. I test using alsamixer and arecord -Dhw -fdat -vv mic.wav together with aplay -Dhw -vv mic.wav It seems there is a problem with Linux ...
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Listen tab not available in Windows Microphone Properties

On my Vista laptop: When I go to Control Panel > Sound > Recording, and double click on the Microphone in the recording device list, the "Microphone Properties" window opens. This window has 3 ...
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What are some good microphones or speakerphones for large conference calls with Skype [closed]

I frequently conduct conference calls with 5–15 people in a large conference room, and 1–5 people on a conference line. Lately, in the summer with the AC blasting, no one can hear anything. I tried ...
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How can I redirect sound coming in from the mic to the speakers output

I can record sounds using my mic, however I cannot hear my voice through the speakers. I have a realtek card (I have a ACER one notebook). I have been reading a lot of information in the web but I ...
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How can I find out which processes on my computer are accessing the microphone?

After reading this interesting Lifehacker post and reading the comments on the page, one person was wondering if it would be possible to use the Physical Device Object Names of other hardware such as ...
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Why can't I record my microphone when audio is playing through my speakers?

I have a Conexant High Definition SmartAudio 221 device in my Compaq Presario CQ-60 211DX, and I want to record a Cyberacoustics headset through it via a standard 3.5mm jack. When I do this normally, ...
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My Logitech USB Headset/Mic suddenly stopped working

Yesterday I inadvertently yanked the power plug on my USB hub. My Logitech headset/mic was plugged into this hub, a fact which may or may not be relevant. Before I yanked the power cord, the headset ...
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Sound card / microphone impedance mismatch

First of all I'm not completely sure this is impedance mismatch, but from what I found on the Internet I believe it is. It seems to be a common problem. The question is not as much about solving the ...
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Skype changing mic selection - constantly

I'm on a laptop with Windows XP, and Skype has been giving me weird problems. Whenever I open it up, I have found it auto-selects the wrong microphone input "microphone" instead of front mic, assuming ...