a couple of simple problems that i really need help with.
Im getting a cheap sayno mic with a big jack. If I get a small jack can I plug it into the back of my dell computer and use it with ableton live? ( my computer has no alternative sound card and only has the small, green and pink etc inputs)
The next problem is I have a mackie analog desk. Can I use this with my dell computer, baring in mind the problem of no sound card etc. I also do not have any monitor speaker Im just using sennheisers!
I hope I made my problem clear enough to understand.
Thanks very much
We have hooked out tech 12's up to our dell with onboard sound and have used a rca on one side and a line in jack on the other and just test your sounds and you should be fine to plug it into the mic or speaker plugs, it won't be perfect quality but it should work out for you Let me know how it goes
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The mics are of two types: electrostatic(cheap and modern) and old-stiled "dynamic". Old souncards were automatically switching to the mics type. Modern soundcards have to be switched manually. In "sound properties" you first must check in that mic is turned on, mic volume in max and in all menues avd buttons find something like "mic amplifier boost"and turn it on. It's only non-standart mic tuning option in standart systems. All other problems in defects. Soundcards can be verifyed by so: (with maximal speaker and mic volume) many times plug in and plug out any reacheable mics and headphones to the mic connection nest (hole), and listen(or recording) resulting scratches. If scratches or other related sounds are abscend(only noise), soundcard is bad. The mic problem may be in "jack left-right interconnection". This useful thing may hang some improper cards. Also that cards often cannot work with dynamic type. And they very sensitive to a manufacturer, and model of mic. Problem may be also in configuring multimode speaker nests in 5_1(7.1) cards like REALTEC - the mic nest may be switched to the speaker output mode. Open Realtec's control center(in control panel or quicklaunch icon) and check in mic nest to "mic mode" or switch mode from 5.1 to stereo speakers.
You can not connect a typical mic (with 3 pin XLR connector) direct at the USB port. You have to use a mic preamplifier to USB port like these: cheap solution or better solution or use a mic with USB output like these: cheap solution or better solution Note that sometimes you need an extra power supply for the mic, depending on the mic. The solution is up to you, your budget and the result you want to achieve.
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You can get a set of speakers that has a headphone jack on front (it will shut off the speakers when headphones are in) or you can unplug the speakers and plug in the head phones. Some PCs have a red and green jack in front - plug in headphones to the green, you should have the speakers shut off till you unplug. All else fails they make a headphone/mic extender that sits like a hockey puck on the desk, has cables to the mic and speaker jacks on back of the PC and on the puck part has a jack for speakers, mic and headphone - some switched manually by you, some switch when the headphones plug in. If you had posted the model I could see if your machine has front red and green jacks.
Desktop PC's do NOT come with any Mic's attached, they only use a Mic, Jack usually Red. You can plug a Mic, into this and use it that way. Also you can get a USB Mic, or headset, this is usually what is done. That Mic. Power, & it supplies power to a thing called an "Electret Mic" I have found a link below.so you can find your manual
A simple mistake that I have made in the past is that the mic is turned off. Is there a switch on the mic, and if so, make sure it's on. :)
After that, check in your mixer (Usually a speaker icon in your system tray) and make sure the mic isn't muted, and the volume is up. Also, if you have a mic boost, enable it. Try screaming at the mic, sometimes it's working, but really quiet.
as to your audio the only way for you to get 5.1 is to get a sound card that supports it i think the computer you have only supports 2.1. you can find a cheap sound card at places like tigerdirect or newegg, also try ebay. same goes for your video you need to find one with a tv output.