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Recording issues I'm not sure what the problem is, but whenever the mic is plugged into a MD player to record, it doesn't pick up any sound. When plugged into a laptop, however, it does, and the line-in socket on the MD player definitely works as well, so the isssue only arises when trying to record directly onto the recorder rather than through a computer.

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Re: Recording issues

My first guess would be that the minidisc player does not provide enough power for the mic. I believe Sony makes an external battery pack to compensate for these problems. Hope this helps!

Posted on Sep 19, 2007

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There is a setting on your computer that will give you a Mic boost. Here is how you set it. Double click on the little speaker icon on your taskbar at the bottom right of your screen. The volume control window will open. Click on options then properties. Next check the small round recording button. Now make sure the microphone box is checked then click ok. Now a window will open that will show your microphone recording level. You can turn that recording level up using that slider. To give your Mic a boost click on the Advanced button at the bottom of the Recording Control Window. Then at the bottom of the next Window check the Mic Boost box. This should give your Mic a little more kick and you can lower the mic recording level using the slider if your recordings become distorted.. Good luck with this and I hope I have been helpful.

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Double click on the little speaker icon on the Desktop toolbar at the bottom right of your screen. The volume control window will open. Click on options then properties. Next check the small round recording button. Now make sure he microphone box is checked then click ok. Now a window will open that will show your microphone recording level. Move the slider up about half way and make sure to check the small "Select" box near the bottom of the slider. Open up sound recorder or whatever application you are using and try to record. If this does not work I would get an external microphone plug it into your laptop and try recording again. If the external mic works then I would think that you internal microphone is not working. There are some very cheap external mics on the market that sound very good. If you are doing any serius recording you may want to invest in a USB microphone. The USB mic should come with it's own software and setup should be pretty simple. I hope I have been helpful.

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