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Windows has the ability to MONITOR the microphone (audio input) levels in REAL TIME.
This is where you need to start.
Open the SOUND settings window
click the recording tab, now look for the input you are using.......now you need to send a signal.
Talking into the microhone SHOULD show the meter level go up on the input device on the screen.
.Do you know what im referring to here?
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you using Windows 7......correct?
Okay heres how you get to the recording screen.
Choose Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Recording tab
there should be a way to MONITOR the microphone (input) in REAL TIME to test to make sure it works.
YOu might be in the wrong place.
on the RIGHT hand side on that screen, you should see a LEVEL METER.
See in the image below.......I circled the meter in blue.
It showing NO level being received.......and will change to green....when the input is detected and level is r=heard.
The meter that is circled in the image is the REAL TIME LEVEL METER.
If signal is being received on that input the REAL TIME LEVEL METER will change, and the bars will change color from BLUE to GREEN, from the bottom to the TOP.
So a weak signal would only turn 1 or 2 bars green.
While a LOUD signal, woudl turn about 5 or 6 or 7 bars from blue to green.
No signal coming in, would leave ALL bars blue.
Well, there you go.......check the connection.......did it come unplugged?
output is SEPERATE from input, and EACH have their OWN level and each are independtent of each other.
So just because you get sound OUT of the computer, does not mean the input (microphone ) is working.
Maybe the microphone died........do you have a dofferent microphone to try?
Is this a USB mic, or a miniJack mic?
The problem most likely lies in the microphone itself.
All things point to either a microphone failure......or the INPUT on the computer has failed......but that is LESS likely.
What kind of mic are you using?
Is it cheap, or expensive?
YOu also want to check the LEVEL of the input is NOT all the way down.
YOu also want to check that the input you want to use is not MUTED.
Have a look at this image for the levels im referring to.
To get to the input level......you have to select it (highlight it) on ther screen that shows the REAL TIME LEVEL METER, and then click PROPERTIES at the bottom.
Then click on the LEVELS tab
now you can adjust the input mic level.......aroun 85 or 90 is good enough......you dont want 100 unless you have a crappy mic, and you need to BOOST the input level.
Some come with a booster option, and some dont.
YOu still with me here?
Oh dang.....ive done it too.....so dont feel too bad about it.
Whoa WAIT a minute here.
YOur ruuning a MIXER board?
That changes things. And just so i understand the setup.
YOu have the mic connected (via XLR connection) to the mixer board, and then the mixer board has an output (stereo) that connects to the INPUT to the computer.
Is that correct?
i was not aware you were using a mixer board ( i didnt pick up on your slang of saying "board", and thought you were referring to MOTHERboard)
With that in mind.....the issue now most likely lies in the mixer board.
As that is where the signal is dropped.
Between the mixer and the computer.
Check the OUTPUT level on the mixer.
Make sure the oputput on the mixer is not unplugged.
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The Mixer might have multipel MASTER ouputs.
Stereo (R and L)
Digital Coaxial (Dolby digital 5.1 or higher)
Optical (Dolby digital 5.1 or higher)
Ultimately, if you are having a computer Audio INPUT failure.......you need a NEW audio card installed.
Computer hardware does fail, and normally unexpectedly.
The issue lies AT the master output of the mixer
the cable being used to connect mixer to computer
The computer Audio Input Interface (Audio card/chip)
its one of those 3 things.
What is the make and model of the mixer?
And again, the INPUT LEVELS for the input you are using should be checked as well.
its a possible issue......but not likely.
Just another thign to check.
This is why a remote session is so useful.
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