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I am trying to use a new Logitech USB desktop microphone with my Mac OS X version 10.4.11. It seems to be working beecause the screen icon fluctuates when I speak, but I cannot find a way to record anything, or hear my voice.

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  • alnaso Jun 15, 2008

    I have already done everything you have described. Now----how do I get the microphone to record on my hard drive or on a CD? I do not hear my voice, nor can I find a record sound button anywhere.

  • alnaso Jun 15, 2008

    That is just it. I cannot find a recording program anywhere.

  • alnaso Jun 15, 2008

    I cannot find any of the great ones a mac comes with. Where are they and what are they called, so that I can find them?

  • alnaso Jun 15, 2008

    Yes, but no record button shows on the Windows Media Player screen

  • alnaso Jun 16, 2008

    I just downloaded audacity and it says it is not supported on my system. Mine is mac version OSX 10.4.11

  • alnaso Jun 16, 2008

    when I go to File, there is no "New.'

  • alnaso Jun 16, 2008

    I have downloaded the Sound Recorder and have been able to use the record button, but when I record, I get nothing.

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Hello,
Your problem is easy to fix. You have to have a recording program open to record to a file. You can find this in your main menus. Your microphone is working fine from what you wrote. Once you save your recording you can email it, etc.

Regards,
Worldvet

Posted on Jun 15, 2008

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  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Jun 15, 2008

    Do you have a media player like quick time?

  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Jun 16, 2008

    From within WMP choose File, New and then you can record.

  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Jun 16, 2008

    I'm afraid Apple in its wisdom did not preload any recording features on your machine and usually the programs that will let you record on an Apple will cost you money.

    You will want to find software that allows you to record on your Apple by doing a search or going to the Apple Store.
    You can choose not to accept any of these solutions since we can't solve your problem and you won't have wasted any money or you can choose one amongst the many and be done with this.

    If you feel more comfortable visit your local authorized Apple dealer for a real solution.

    Regards again,
    Worldvet


  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Jun 16, 2008

    I hate USB mics for just this reason.

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1. Plug the microphone’s USB connector into the USB port on the side of the
keyboard (NOTE: Make sure that the keyboard is plugged into USB port 1).
2. You must specify the input device (microphone) that your computer will use:
Go to the Apple Icon in the upper left corner and select “System Preferences…”
from the pull-down menu.
3. Under the Hardware section select the “Sound” icon.
4. At the Input tab you’ll see a “Choose a device for sound input” field. If the
microphone has been properly plugged in you’ll see its name “AK5370” in the
name list along with “Line In”. Select the “AK5370” option to enable the USB
microphone.
5. If not already on, push the oval button on the microphone. When enabled, the
button will be in the up position and lit with a green light. Push the button in
when you want to disable the mic.
6. At the Input tab under “Settings for selected device:” you can adjust the
microphone Input volume and test the volume level by speaking into the
microphone and watching the blue bar gage. Adjust the levels to your desired
setting. The microphone is now ready for use.

here you go hope this helps. Thanks Nathan 06:38:28 cst

Posted on Jun 15, 2008

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  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 15, 2008

    i used my microphone as an example. but yours will be listed under its own device name.

  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 15, 2008

    if that solution doesnt help you out please let me know so i can further assist you.

    Thanks,
    Nathan


  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 15, 2008


    1. Go into System Preferences,

    2. Open Sound,

    3. Select Input

    4. Select Mic Input

    this is in short all you need to do on a mac in the current OS x
    it should automatically disable the onboard microphone if selected. after that point you may need to configure it on the program you are trying to use.

    Thanks,
    Nate


  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 15, 2008

    if you need a program to record with beyond the great ones a mac comes with. I suggest my favorite one Audacity so i hope you enjoy.

  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 15, 2008

    just use audacity to record its simple and if youve done everything as youve described. then you just need a program. with Audacity theres a record button and it uses the default recording device this should be all you need and good luck.

  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 15, 2008

    install audacity and if you need help figuring out audacity let me know. I will run you through everything you need to get recording. Glad to help, Nate

  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 15, 2008

    your mac didnt come with garage band or anything like that?
    if not Audacity is the way to Go. its protools but free.


  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 15, 2008

    as i am on a mac right now. Mine is located on the default drive under garage band. but you might not have it at this point. the next best recording tool for mac's is as ive said is audacity. then install audacity and hit has a simple interface that you can open a new project and just hit record. and your logitech microphone should be working great. then you can save it to any file youd like and be set.

  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 15, 2008

    you dont want to use windows media player on your macintosh.
    you might not have the recording utility. if you have a standard osx install.
    Click here to download audacity.


  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 16, 2008

    really i have it on my computer at this moment. is that the latest OSx?

  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 16, 2008

    then you can use an official program called 2 programs

    first being official sound recorder which is the utility mine came with

    click here for sound recorder 2.1

    or another one that is free called audio recorder 3.2

    click here for audio recorder 3.2

    i tried both downloads and installed successfully let me know how it goes.




  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 16, 2008

    and on the audacity note did you try the beta? that might be why mine worked? just a thought cause its such a great free program.

    thanks,
    Nate


  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 16, 2008

    cause the beta 1.3.5 version is suppose to support osx 10.4 and 10.5 now

  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 16, 2008

    there isnt one in mine either on osx 10.5 but then again ive never used WMP to record either.

  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 16, 2008

    here this is the audacity you need to use click all this and its the exact download.


    i forgot where it says

    "Audacity 1.3.5 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. Users on OS X 10.3 who wish to use a Beta version of Audacity should download the previous version."


  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 16, 2008

    actually contrary to what he said there is lots of free softwares to record on a mac. i just failed to give you the correct download to begin with. I think after you try them out. you will find one to suit your needs perfectly.




  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 16, 2008

    id like to try and save you money before having to run to the apple store and they charge you 50 dollars for sound recorder which is free online :).


    i think there is enough here now for you to be able to record. Glad to help

    -Nate


  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 16, 2008

    Can you tell me if your speakers are working correctly. might be a dumb question just need to eliminate it.

  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 16, 2008

    because if you downloaded sound recorder and the wave bars are moving as you talk then its creating audio. and i need to ensure that your speakers are not hooked up or are disabled in OSX. as that could be the problem as if you are seeing the waveform it means its getting the signal.

  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 16, 2008

    play some mp3's or something and let me know if you hear them.

  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 16, 2008

    let me know when you are able to try that out. if thats isnt the problem and your speakers are working. Can you try to use the internal mic for me. Tell me if it works when you record something then play it back.

  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Jun 16, 2008

    I take it you got everything working by the fixya and i just want you to know that i was glad to be of assistance and if you ever have problems on your mac like this again feel free to contact me as im sure i will be able to assist you. Thanks, Nate

    and Thank You for using FixYa

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Please keep the microphone a bit away from ur screen... its because, powerful electro magnets will be ther in the microphone... wen u keep it very close to the screen, the waves cause the fluctuation in the screen which wil shorten the life off ur screen

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