How to Use Microsoft SAM Through the Internet

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Microsoft SAM is the default text-to-speech voice used in Windows XP. The text-to-speech engine works by processing the keyed input to produce SAM's words and phrases. If you have a sound card that supports recording audio output, you can use the audio output of text-to-speech combined with Microsoft SAM over the Internet as a replacement for a microphone. This might be useful for participating in online chats and conferences through the Internet when a microphone is not available.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Press the "Windows" and "R" keys simultaneously. This opens a "Run" box at the bottom of your screen.

  2. 2

    Type "mmsys.cpl" in the "Run" box and press the "Enter" key. This opens a "Sound and Audio Device Properties" window on your screen.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Audio" tab and then click on the "Volume" button under the "Sound Recording" section. This opens a small dialogue window containing recording devices, each having its own volume control.

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    Click on "Options" and then click on "Properties." This will open a new dialogue window that contains the recording properties.

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    Click inside the check box next to either the "Wave out Mix" or "What You Hear" options and then click on the "OK" button. You will only have one of the two options depending on the brand and model of your sound device. Clicking on the "OK" button closes the "Properties" dialogue and brings you back to the "Recording Volume" window.

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    Click inside the check box next to "Select" under the volume slider for either "Wave out Mix" or "What You Hear." Click on the volume slider and drag it to the top to raise the output volume to the maximum level.

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    Close the "Recording Volume" window. The next time you communicate over the Internet, the operating system will output what is playing on your computer instead of using your microphone. You can use Microsoft SAM to speak the words and phrases and the audio output will transfer it across the Internet.

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