June 13th, 2010, 07:36 PM #1
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Setting Up Win7 Sound in Control Panel – Please Help!
Hi, firstly, my setup, then my issue:
Windows 7 (32 bit)
Intel Cortez D945GCZ Motherboard
DualCore Intel Pentium D 830, 3000 MHz CPU
2 GB RAM
Onboard Sound (SigmaTel STAC9220 A1 @ Intel 82801GB ICH7 - High Definition Audio Controller [A-1])
I installed the AUD_allOS_D20001.0x_PV_IDTGUI_v105_Legacy.exe driver (IDT* 92XX Driver - Installs the integrated audio driver version 20001.0 for Intel® Desktop Boards with IDT* audio) found at the downloadcenter.intel.com website.
If there’s anything else important I’m neglecting to tell you about my setup please let me know.
My problem is that when I try to record anything in Audacity, or even just with the windows recorder under “Accessories” in the Start Menu (so the problem is not specific to Audacity at all), I get a lot of static in the foreground, with my voice in the background behind the static.
I’ll tell you what I’ve done to try to fix it, and maybe one of you good folks can tell me where I’m going wrong?
In the Windows Control Panel I went to Sound --> Recording tab --> I chose my Default Device: “Front Mic”, it is enabled and it has the little meter beside it that monitors input levels. All is fine there. So I go to record:
I open Audacity or Windows Recorder (Start --> Programs --> Accessories --> Windows Recorder) and click on record. The file I end up with is invariably a track of LOUD, screeching static, with a tiny voice in the background. (The voice is mine - thank god for that much!) It is precisely this intense, loud static that is my problem. I have tried this with two microphones (a Shure SM-58 and I'm using it with an adaptor that allows it to be plugged right into the mic input of a PC and also with a regular pc mic), both of which I know work perfectly, but changing the type of mic makes no difference in the outcome.
Why is it there? How to get rid of it? What settings have I neglected to set?
If anyone has the answers to these questions for me, I shall buy them a beer. Please help,
Last edited by mudrubble; June 13th, 2010 at 08:38 PM.
June 13th, 2010, 10:44 PM #2
What type/make adapter are you using?◄ it is what it is ►
June 14th, 2010, 09:58 AM #3
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Amazon.com: iStudioLink Microphone - 12 ft. Cable (XLR to 1/8?
or this one:
Sorry, i don't know the brand name, but they're all essentially similar, no?
But on the PC mic, I'm not using an adapter, of course, so the adapter can't be the issue because the PC mic is connected right into the 1/8" jack on the motherboard, no adapter at all.
Any other ideas?? I'll take any suggestions you or anyone else might have. I just shelled out $550 specifically to be able to record on this machine, so there are no words to describe my disappointment that I can't record in any program whatsoever.......
Rubble Without a Gauze
June 18th, 2010, 02:12 AM #4
I don't know how serious you are about recordin with the computer... If you are using Audacity, then I'd speculate yer new to this... Also, a dedicated S/C is the way to go, but if you're stuck with what you have, the at least spend 40 > 0 bucks on a outboard mix desk: Buy Behringer Xenyx 502 Mixer | Unpowered Mixers | Musician's Friend◄ it is what it is ►
June 21st, 2010, 04:11 PM #5
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Wow. Good advice. $40 would have been great! I actually already bought a Fast Track USB to solve this (which it did): M-AUDIO - Fast Track - Record Guitar and Vocals on Your Computer.
It automatically mixes vocals to left channel and guitar to right, and you can then split to 2 mono tracks or whatever..... yes, I'm new to this....... and this is also small enough to bring anywhere with me and be able to record with free software like Audacity.
Cost me $130 tx included in Toronto, so $40 would have been awesome. Also plugs right into the USB, so no sound card necessary. Audacity picks it up. Also comes with some stripped down Pro-Tools powered baby software (M-AUDIO - Bundled Software) that I haven't tried...... not sure if I should, or just stick with Audacity.
In your opinion, should I switch or is the fact that I can already use Audacity reason enough to avoid the learning curve? Thanks Bigbone, good advice, great minds think alike I suppose......
(stuck like a stick in the) Mud
June 29th, 2010, 01:22 PM #6◄ it is what it is ►
July 16th, 2010, 06:37 AM #7
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