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Arcee

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Yo,

So I'm trying to use an external microphone 'cause the built in one on my laptop is terrible. I bought a Samson Q7 Dynamic Microphone and have the appropriate cables and connectors to plug it into my microphone jack but I can't record anything. All I get is this very ominous static/crackling coming from the microphone. I started reading it up and now I'm not sure if I need an audio interface, an amplifier, a sound card... I dunno but I'd like to use the microphone to record my voice.

Any advice?
 

DaveBurnett

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Two things:
a) check you've plugged it into the microphone socket not the speaker one.
b) the internal speakers should be turned off as soon as you plug a microphone in to stop negative feedback ( that screech) so you will need earphones.
 

Arcee

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Thanks for your response.

A) I have plugged it into the microphone socket.
B) Already have earphones.

Anything else?
 

DaveBurnett

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Open Device Manager and check that there are no Yellow Question marks against anything, especially Media/Sound devices.
Can you test the Microphone and ALL the cables/connectors?
Does the PC show all the Volume controls?
No you should not need anything extra, although you could use the line out to an amp.
Those sockets are the Input/Output from the built-in sound card.
What make/model laptop?
 
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A dynamic mike is likely not going to work. I've discovered over the years that getting a mike to work well with sound cards is witchcraft. I have a bag full of mikes, and most produce no sound at all on the system. Others have very low volume. You may have to try a few mikes to get one that works well, but price does not guarantee anything, either. The one that works best on my laptop is a $1 Chinese job.


I have a box of them in back if you want one. :D

Mikes sold as computer mikes work the best.
 

Arcee

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Open Device Manager and check that there are no Yellow Question marks against anything, especially Media/Sound devices.
Can you test the Microphone and ALL the cables/connectors?
Does the PC show all the Volume controls?
No you should not need anything extra, although you could use the line out to an amp.
Those sockets are the Input/Output from the built-in sound card.
What make/model laptop?
No yellow question marks in device manager.

Well the thing is the crackling is detected in sound recorder. When the mic crackles the green bar indicates it.

Yes the volume is set to high. It's not about volume.

My laptop is a toshiba satellite.
 
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