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USB Microphone: troubleshooting

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Instructions for SP-USB-MIC-1

Thank you for purchasing the SP-USB-MIC-1 USB Microphone. This product combines a high quality, high sensitivity, omni-directional microphone with a quality mic preamplifier and built in A/D converter – it is essentially a miniature external soundcard with a built-in microphone! Your computer will see this new device as an additional soundcard that you can choose in your audio software.

Please follow the following instructions to setup and install your new SP-USB-MIC-1
1-Turn on your computer. Close any other programs that are running on your computer.
2-Plug the USB Microphone into an available USB port.
3-If your computer recognizes your new hardware, allow the computer to install it using your computer’s built-in drivers (this should happen automatically).
4-Right click on your “Start” button and select “Explore”
5- 6-Look for the folder labeled “USB to audio adapter with microphone 2.0” and double click it to open the folder
7-Double click the Windows folder to open it
8-Double click on the file named “Setup.exe”
9-When prompted, plug in the USB microphone to an available USB port and click OK (if it is not already plugged in).
10-Windows will install the necessary drivers and a red light should illuminate on the USB microphone.

To setup your new mic as your default sound recording device:
1-Click on your “Start” button and open the control panel
2-Open “Sounds and Audio Devices”
3-Select the “Audio” tab
4-In the “Sound Recording” section, select “C-Media USB Headphone Set” as the default device
5-If you wish to use the USB microphone’s headphone monitor jack as your playback device, in the “Sound Playback” section, select “C-Media USB Headphone Set”. If you want to use your computer’s soundcard for playback, leave the default device set to your computer’s soundcard.
5-Click OK and close the control panel

To adjust the sound level input of the USB microphone (this is the signal sent into the computer for recording and does not affect the level sent into the headphone monitor):
1-Double click the speaker icon on the lower right corner of your desktop (the “tray”)
2-Click “Options” and select “Properties”
3-In the Mixer Device, select “C-Media USB Headphone Set”
4-In the “Adjust  volume for” section, select “Recording”
5-Check the box next to “Microphone”
6-Click OK
7-A single level control will appear. This is the input level control for the USB microphone. Adjust as needed for your recording situation, following the instructions provided with your audio recording software.
8-For advanced controls, click “Options” and select “Advanced”
9-Below the level control, you will see a button labeled “Advanced”. Click it.
10-Additional options may appear here, depending on your operating system. If “AGC” appears, you can select this and the software will automatically select the input level for you. If “Mic Boost” appears, you can select this and the signal from the microphone will be boosted.

To adjust the monitor level of the USB microphone (this is the signal sent to headphone jack on the USB microphone and does not affect the sound level being sent into the computer for recording):
1-Double click the speaker icon on the lower right corner of your desktop (the “tray”)
2-Click “Options” and select “Properties”
3-In the Mixer Device, select “C-Media USB Headphone Set”
4-In the “Adjust volume for” section, select “Recording”
5-Check the box next to “Playback”
6-Put a check in all boxes in the lower section labeled “Show the following volume controls”
6-Click OK
7-Several level controls will appear. These controls affect how you hear the USB microphone through headphones plugged into the headphone jack of the USB mic. Changing the control labeled “Microphone” and “Speaker” will raise or lower the volume of the sound going to the headphone jack. You can adjust this as need and it will not affect the sound level going into the computer. You can also mute the controls labeled “Wave”, “SW Synth” and “CD Player” if they appear, as they have no effect.

Note: On most computers, when the USB Microphone is plugged into the USB port, the computer will use the USB Microphone as the default device for recording and playback. However, if you prefer to use your computer’s built-in soundcard/speakers for playback, you must select the built-in soundcard as the default playback device in your Windows control panel.

Remember, if you wish to, you can plug an external microphone into the microphone jack of the USB microphone and the sound from the external mic will be blended together with the built in microphone.

Troubleshooting
If you cannot get any sound out of the USB mic, make sure the mic is plugged into the USB port and the red LED is lit on the mic, then:
1-Click on your “Start” button and open the control panel
2-Open “Sounds and Audio Devices”
3-Select the “Audio” tab
4-In the “Sound Recording” section, select “C-Media USB Headphone Set” as the default device
5-In the “Sound Playback” section, select your soundcard as the default device. Click the volume button, and push the “Wave” and “Volume Control” controls up to the top. Close the volume control window.
6-Click OK and close the control panel
7-Double click the speaker icon on the lower right corner of your desktop (the “tray”)
8-Click “Options” and select “Properties”
9-In the Mixer Device, select “C-Media USB Headphone Set”
10-In the “Adjust volume for” section, select “Recording”
11-Check the box next to “Microphone”
12-Click OK
13-A single level control will appear. This is the input level control for the USB microphone. Push the level control all the way up to the top.
14-Click “Options” and select “Advanced”
15-Below the level control, you will see a button labeled “Advanced”. Click it.
16-Additional options may appear here, depending on your operating system. If “AGC” appears, select this and the software will automatically select the input level for you. If “Mic Boost” appears, select this and the signal from the microphone will be boosted.
17-Click on the ‘Start” button and select “All Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, Sound Recorder”. The Windows sound recorder will open
18-Click on the red “record” button and speak into the microphone for a few seconds to make a test recording
19-Click the stop button
20-Click the “play” button and listen for your test recording. If you don’t hear your recording, please call us at 253-238-0643.