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Computer Microphone Help: In a few steps

written by: Indu Priya•edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 10/31/2008

For most people, the idea for choosing a good computer microphone system is that the listener should be able to hear the speaker and feel like the person is actually in the room right next to them! To choose a good computer microphone and to avoid its problems, go through this simple article.

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    Introduction

    Computer microphone help can get you on track where you are given step by step instructions on how to get your computer microphone attached to your computer as soon as possible. Initial instructions are usually included in the starter set and here’s how they go-

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    Step-by-step Instructions

    • Check the back of the computer. Most have a tiny picture of a microphone engraved into the computer casing. This is the place where you can start connecting the microphone to the computer.
    • The connector hole also has the words “Microphone” written next to it but that isn’t there in a few older models.
    • After you’ve finished with the installation of your microphone then do a run through a Windows Mic Test. With this you can test your voice and sound quality through the WINDOWS program. It will identify any problems before you start and please do correct them before going ahead.

    1. Click Windows Start menu < Control Panel < Sounds < Audio Devices < and finally click the Voice tab.
    2. Select the Test Hardware button.
    3. Run through the Sound Hardware Test Wizard as it has been laid out in the program.

    Usually most computer manufacturers do not include an inbuilt microphone into computer models. Although a few manufacturers have started integrating a microphone into the computer, you will at present get them already installed only in laptops and a few kinds of desktop monitors. Please do check to see whether you already have one before going ahead with a purchase. Once you’ve got the microphone attached, you may run into a few problems like

    • Echo: You may experience an echo while using the microphone. Then you should check Audio Play Controls microphone to Mute. Tap the HOTCOMM Audio Play Controls button. When microphone does show up on the Volume Control panel, click on Options, then select Properties, <Mic < OK. Then in the mic column, remove the Mute which you initially selected. That should take care of the echo problem.
    • Hum: Having a hum while using the microphone is due to the microphone Boost. Turning it off can deal with the problem effectively.
    • Choppy sound, parts of words cut off. Having a disturbed sound quality is very common if you are using a desktop microphone. If your Mic button has changed to display a red X on a yellow background, then this is supposed to let you know that sound quality is a little choppy. Try decreasing the hotComm Silence Detection levels. Another reason is that you might not have sufficient bandwidth to deal with the information being sent and received.

    Although all are equally good, if you want value for your money then get yourself the stereo headset microphone. Please be warned that, although all desktop computer microphones are much, much cheaper; desktop models have very poor sound quality as they pick up background noise. Make sure the microphone you choose is unidirectional and has noise-cancelling features, with a wide frequency response to get the best sound capture possible.

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    Conclusion

    At present there are several different varieties of computer microphones and buying one is no big deal as almost all sets are equally good but once you do get one then the installation can be a little tricky. Here is where good computer microphone help can get you running in no time at all.