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Laptop/Sound Board Help Needed

Discussion in 'Computers & Technology Forum' started by GBC Pastor, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. GBC Pastor

    GBC Pastor New Member

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    Ok. I recently hooked up my HP laptop to our church soundboard to start recording our am/pm services. However, I am not getting a clear recording because the built in mics on my laptop are picking up sound on top of the lapel mic. How do I turn the laptop mics off and still record through the lapel mic? I have tried everything I can think of, but when I mute or disable the built in mics it will not record the lapel mic.
     
  2. SBCPreacher

    SBCPreacher Active Member
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    I have used an external sound device made by Creative. It has a "line in" where I can plug anything I want to record into.

    What I currently use is an mp3 player from Creative called a ZenV, like THIS one. It has a line in for recording. After the service, I connect it to my computer, move the recording to my computer, edit it, save it as an mp3 and upload it to the web. Works great!
     
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    exscentric Well-Known Member
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    Be sure you are plugged into the mic jack and not a line in jack.

    Go to control panel/sound and there should be either there or in advanced settings a slider control to turn the mic down. There may be a place to deal with recording level itself.

    If there is no happiness there you could try electrical/duct tape over the mic hole, that should cut it down quite a little if not at all.

    Of course there is one further method but your mic would probably not survive for future use - paper clip in the hole and stir a little :tongue3:

    One final thought, be sure your plug is plugging in properly into the mic connector on the laptop as most I've run into, if you plug a jack in it automatically disconnects the build in.
     
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