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Anonymous
December 4, 2004 11:30:22 PM

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I am simply trying to create a voice clip with Sound Recorder and a
mike from Wal-Mart. The humming is so bad it is as loud as the voice!
I bought another mike. Same deal. I have played with the sound
settings, to no avail. I tried MS Movie Maker. Same problem. I tried
to mess with the audio properties, but they stay grayed out, whether I
have selected a clip or not. Haaalp!

Thanks,
Don Marsh

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Anonymous
December 5, 2004 9:15:48 AM

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dmarsh@donaldmarsh.com (The Doctor of Cool) wrote in
news:3d42549f.0412042030.7809162b@posting.google.com:

> I am simply trying to create a voice clip with Sound Recorder and a
> mike from Wal-Mart. The humming is so bad it is as loud as the voice!
> I bought another mike. Same deal. I have played with the sound
> settings, to no avail. I tried MS Movie Maker. Same problem. I tried
> to mess with the audio properties, but they stay grayed out, whether I
> have selected a clip or not. Haaalp!


Probably a sound card issue - do you have Microphone boost turned on? Try
turning it on/off.

Double Click on the volume control -> Advance -> Recording Properties ->
Microphone -> Advance?

Have you tried a better microphone? Cheap microphone tend to give bad
recordings... but it shouldn't create a hum as bad as you stated.

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Anonymous
December 5, 2004 10:49:59 AM

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It seems that you may have a bad sound card. Normally the cheap microphones
don't make hum and noise, or you added an extension cable on to the
microphone, and the extension cord is defective. The cheap microphones just
sound terrible, but should not make hum and noise.

I have seen a defective sound card, or damaged microphone cause what you are
describing. By trying another microphone, you ruled out the microphone.

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Jerry G.
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"The Doctor of Cool" <dmarsh@donaldmarsh.com> wrote in message
news:3d42549f.0412042030.7809162b@posting.google.com...
I am simply trying to create a voice clip with Sound Recorder and a
mike from Wal-Mart. The humming is so bad it is as loud as the voice!
I bought another mike. Same deal. I have played with the sound
settings, to no avail. I tried MS Movie Maker. Same problem. I tried
to mess with the audio properties, but they stay grayed out, whether I
have selected a clip or not. Haaalp!

Thanks,
Don Marsh
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Anonymous
December 5, 2004 8:50:39 PM

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"Jerry G." <jerryg-consult@NOSPAMca.inter.net> wrote in message news:<31gfmsF320kpeU2@uni-berlin.de>...
> It seems that you may have a bad sound card. Normally the cheap microphones
> don't make hum and noise, or you added an extension cable on to the
> microphone, and the extension cord is defective. The cheap microphones just
> sound terrible, but should not make hum and noise.
>
> I have seen a defective sound card, or damaged microphone cause what you are
> describing. By trying another microphone, you ruled out the microphone.
>
>
I thank you both for the feedback (~rimshot~), but other sounds play
just fine. My daughter uses the CD playera lot, and I get good audio
from movie clips.

I also tried turning microphone boost on and off. On is much better,
but still lousy.

I dunno. Maybe I will see if it takes a sound clip from my digital
voice recorder. IF it's any better, I will use that and forget the
mike altogether.

Thanks,
DM
Anonymous
December 6, 2004 1:18:42 PM

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>I am simply trying to create a voice clip with Sound Recorder and a
>mike from Wal-Mart. The humming is so bad it is as loud as the voice!
>I bought another mike. Same deal. I have played with the sound
>settings, to no avail. I tried MS Movie Maker. Same problem. I tried
>to mess with the audio properties, but they stay grayed out, whether I
>have selected a clip or not. Haaalp!
>


What computer/sound card?
Whatever program you use the sound comes through the same system. The
mic input on non-specialist systems is often of really lousy quality.

If this is a laptop machine, try recording on battery power - unplug
the mains adaptor.

Cheap microphones won't sound very good, but the problem isn't usually
serious hum.
!