How to hear your microphone thorugh computer speakers

Written by ps gilbert
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Computers are incredible machines. Besides the endless options the Internet gives us, our computers come packed with many useful tools as well. Most laptops for instance come with built speakers, a webcam and a desktop microphone. But if the user wants to record audio tracks then attaching a quality microphone is recommended. Setting up and testing a microphone into your computer and through your speakers, built-in or attached, is a relatively quick and easy process.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Computer
  • Built in or Attached Speakers
  • Microphone

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  1. 1

    Connect your microphone to your computer's line-in/microphone jack. Attach a stereo jack/line-in adaptor into your microphone if needed. If using portable speakers, connect the microphone from the speaker's line-in into the speaker/audio line on your computer.

  2. 2

    Right click the speaker icon and pick the "Recording Devices" option. A window will open giving you microphone choices. Pick the microphone you just connected. The window will disappear.

  3. 3

    Right click the speak icon again and pick the "Sound" option. A window will appear with the speaker thumbnail to the left and the audio level to the right. Speak into the microphone and the levels will react accordingly and you should hear your voice through the speakers.

  4. 4

    Click "OK" and hit the speaker icon and raise or lower the audio level for your computer speakers. Test the levels once again by talking into the microphone.

Tips and warnings

  • A recording microphone costs £13 to £65 in 2010.
  • As of 2010, a condenser recording microphone costs £39 to £325.

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