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Karen K Dennis-Dell Latitude D505 laptop

Dell Latitude D505 Laptop


I initially had problems getting started recording in Audacity.  I learned I had to have a USB mic, not just a mic that plugs into the side of a laptop.  Using the non-USB mic did not allow me to record the voice of the person whom I called on Skype.  The second problem I had was that for whatever reason, the first USB mic I purchased, while it did record the voice of the person I Skyped, it was not very loud.  I could not make it louder, no matter what settings I changed.  I guess it was fortunate that that mic broke while I was transferring it between my home and my office.  I purchased another mic, same kind, but this mic recorded perfectly.

The attached file includes screenshots of the following steps.

The steps I take in setting up my computer for streaming are as follows:

·         First, I open the volume control, options, properties, adjust volume for recording.  There I make sure my mixer device is set on my sound card: SigmaTelAudio, and that I have the following volume controls clicked: stereo mix, CD audio, and Microphone.  I click OK, and then make sure that the stereo mix option is clicked on in the recording control box, then minimize this screen.



·         I open up my control panel, sound and audio devices, and set both Audio and Voice tabs to set at SigmaTel Audio as the voice playback default, and the USB mic (AK5370) as the voice recording.  Click apply and OK.




·         Next I open up Audacity.  I double check that the drop down box reads stereo mix.  I then open Audacity preferences and make sure that my soundcard (SigmaTelAudio) is showing in both playback and recording of the Audio I/O tab.




·         Then, I open up the Virtual Audio Cables-Audio Repeater.  I set the Wave in with my USB mic (AK5370) and the Wave out is my soundcard (SigmaTelAudio).  I set the sample rate at 44100, total buffer at 100, bits per sample at 24 and buffers at 16.  The channel config is set at stereo.  I turn it on to do a quick check that it is repeating what I am saying, and that it is not giving me a bunch of high-pitched noises.  (See first screen shot for Virtual Audio settings).

·         I then open up Simplecast.  I click on “Encoders” and a new window opens.  On this window, I click on the “+” icon.  Another box opens, and I enter in the streaming information.  First I select the MP3 and mp3PRO button.  That opens up the MP3(PRO) box.  I select ShoutCast as the server type, enter in the server IP and port details, enter in the password, WebcastAcademy under station name and add the website address.  Under the stream archive tab I make sure that the stream is archived.  Then, click OK.  After all that information is entered in, it appears in the Encoder box.  I highlight it, click on the first drop down box, click start, then I click Start in the Simpleast box.  Under the description bar in the Encoder box, it indicates if it is encoded or not.  I also check the sound bar at the right of the box to make sure it is getting adequate sound.


·         If I were doing a Skype call, I would have had my caller on standby while I was setting up the Simplecast and getting it all set.

·         I use a USB desktop microphone, and for my headphones, I use an earpiece. 

webcasting system setup.doc582 KB

webcaster_setup | by Dr. Radut