Setting Up Your Microphone

Introduction

Experience shows that audio recording requires careful attention to the room, microphone, and computer in use. Best results occur by running audio sound checks in advance of a session using all the same equipment and in the room where you will be recording with the SnapKast Recorder. You will best served by performing one or two very fast audio tests along with some possible configuration tweaks -- this can usually be accomplished in less than a minute.

Recording Setup and Tips

Here are some issues that you should consider when recording:

Mic Test

Here's a sequence of steps for performing a quick recording test with your computer audio microphone and speakers before using the SnapKast Recorder to record a session.

  1. Connect the microphone and speaker wires to your computer.

  2. For Windows computers test a recording with the Sound Recorder. Use any of these methods to launch the Sound Recorder:

  3. In the Sound Recorder click on the red circle and talk into the microphone, click the black square to stop, and then the black triangle to play back the recording.

  4. If the volume is not loud enough, then launch the Recording Control: M/p>

    WinXP: Click on Advanced under Microphone (may need Options > Advanced Controls). Under Other Controls you may want to check 1 Mic Boost.

    Vista: Click on the Recording tab. Select the proper microphone. Click the Properties button. Click on the Levels tab. Adjust the Microphone and Microphone Boost sliders.

  5. Exit these windows and you're ready to test again.

Recorder Test

Once the audio levels work well with the Sound Recorder you are ready to test with the SnapKast Recorder. Simply launch the Recorder and start recording a session (either blank slides or PowerPoint is fine). As you speak you should see a volume meter near the top left of the Recorder window. As long as the meter is showing movement, the audio is likely fine (note: every computer audio levels seem to vary). Stop the Recorder session, format and play the session.