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, "Usdin, Robert" <rob@...> wrote:
> Hi folks,
> Going to be starting my own podcast soon. I'm having troubles with
> line in on my PC - whenever I record it's coming in really
> was just playing and doing some tests and plugging the mic I have
> a standard little mic that came with the PC) into the mic port, and
> get nothing. The line in port of course comes in really distorted.
First off, you should have your mic in the MIC port, not the LINE-IN.
LINE-IN would be for output from a recording device or stereo system.
If you're not getting anything off the mic then you want to check
that the computer isn't muting it. Go to "Sound and audio properties"
either through the control panel or right clicking on the speaker
icon and selecting "Adjust audio properties," select the "Voice" tab,
and select "Volume" under the voice recording section. This will
bring up recording volume controls. Make sure the microphone
recording isn't muted and it's slider is at the top.
It is possible to get decent recordings with plug-in mics, but you
need a decent mic to begin with. You will probably want to replace
the mic that came with your machine--most aren't any better than
dollar store mics. As long as you have a decent sound card (which
most computers do) and don't plan to record music you should be able
to get by with just a plug-in.
And there's no point in spending a lot of money on a mic until you
know what you want from the mic and whether you're going to continue