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Configure your microphone

Configuring an in-built mic

Laptops almost always have a built-in mic, and if they have a built-in web cam, they sometimes have two. Desktops, on the other hand, don’t always ship with a mic, and you might have to use an external device. If you’re using a built-in microphone, you can adjust your settings to make sure you get the best possible quality from your device.

For Windows:

  1. Start by right clicking on the speaker in your quick access toolbar, at the bottom, right-hand side of your desktop.
  2. Select Recording Devices
  3. You’ll see a list of microphones, or just one. Click on the mic you intend to use and then select Properties.
  4. A window with a number of tabs will open. Click on Levels, and drag Microphone up to 100.
  5. Once you’ve done that, go to the Advanced tab and select the highest possible sample rate from the dropdown list there.
  6. Click on Apply, and then dismiss the window by clicking on Okay.

For Mac:

  1. Go to System Preferences.
  1. Select Sound and then go to the Input tab.
  2. Tick the box that reads Use ambient noise reduction.

Configuring a headset or dedicated mic

If you have a mic, you’ll need to set it up.

For Windows:

  1. Plug in your mic and go to Control Panel. Click on Hardware and Sound and then Sound. A window will pop up. Select the Recording tab, and then choose the microphone you have just plugged in from the list. Click on Set default, click on Apply, and then click on OK.
  2. For Macs, open System Preferences after you’ve plugged in your mic. Choose View > Sound. Under Output, select your headphones from the drop-down menu.
  3. Under Input, select your mic from the drop-down menu.

For Mac,

  1. Plug in your mic and go to System Preferences.
  2. Select Sound and then go to the Input tab. Select your mic from the list.

Using your smartphone as a mic

It’s quite easy to use your smartphone as a microphone, if you download an appropriate app. Use Real Microphone for Windows devices, Microphone for Android devices, and Megaphone for iPhones and iPads.

  1. Connect a 3.5mm stereo aux cable to your phone, and plug it into your microphone input. Don’t open the app before you do this, as the phone will feed back (you’ll hear a loud ringing sound).
  2. Run the app on your phone.
  1. For PCs, go to Control Panel. Click on Hardware and Sound and then Sound. A window will pop up. Select the Recording tab, and then choose the microphone you have just plugged in from the list. Click on Set default, click on Apply, and then click on OK.
  2. For Macs, open System Preferences. Choose View > Sound. Under Output, select your headphones from the drop-down menu. Under Input, select your mic from the drop-down menu.
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