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How to Configure Your Sound Capture Device

Posted: June 21, 2011

This is the most important setting to configure since SAM Cast receives its audio from your sound capture device. A sound capture device could be a sound card that’s already installed on your computer, a USB microphone, or an external USB device like a mixer.

Each version of Windows requires slightly different settings, which we’ll take you through.

Windows 7

Click on the Windows button at the bottom left corner of your screen. Click on “Control Panel,” then on the “Sounds” icon. Alternatively, you could also type “Manage audio devices” into the Windows search box to instantly locate this function.

From here, select the “Recording” tab. You’ll then see all the available sound capture devices on your computer. SAM Cast can capture audio from all of these. Double-click the device you want SAM Cast to capture audio from.

If the device you’re looking for isn’t here, right-click the window and select “Show Disabled Devices” from the pop-up menu. Right-click on the disabled device to enable it.

When you double-click on the device you want SAM Cast to use, a new window will pop up. From here, select the “Listen” tab and check the “Listen to this device” option if you want to hear what your microphone captures through your speakers. Make sure to select the correct device for playback under “Playback through this device.”

Under the “Levels” tab, make sure the sound device is not set on mute and that the volume is loud enough to record.

Note that you can also output your SAM Cast audio to a sound device. Read more about this in “How to Configure Your General Settings.”

Windows Vista

Click on the “Windows” button at the bottom left corner of your screen, then click on “Control Panel.” If the Control Panel is in “Classic View” mode, click on the “Sound” applet, then select the “Recording” tab.

From here, you’ll be able to see all the available sound capture devices on your computer. SAM Cast can capture audio from all of these. Double-click the device you want SAM Cast to capture audio from.

If the device you’re looking for isn’t here, right-click the window and select “Show Disabled Devices” from the pop-up menu. Right-click on the disabled device to enable it.

Depending on your device, there could be more tabs with configuration options. Review these options to see if you need to adjust any of them.

Under the “Levels” tab, make sure the sound device is not set on mute and that the volume is loud enough to record.

Windows XP

Click on the “Start” button at the bottom left corner of your screen, then click on “Control Panel.” If you are in “Category view mode,” click on “Sound, Speech, and Audio Devices,” then select the “Sounds and Audio Devices” option. If the Control Panel is in “Classic View” mode, click on the “Sounds and Audio Devices” applet. This will bring up the “Sound and Audio Devices Properties” window.

From here, select the “Audio” tab. Under “Sound recording,” select the sound device you want SAM Cast to input audio on. Then click on the “Volume” button to bring up the device’s recording volume controls. Depending on your device, you may be able to adjust the volume on one or more controls. Adjust the applicable controls accordingly.

Not all volume controls are visible by default. To view all available volume controls, go to the “Options” menu and select “Properties.” Select the “Recording” option, then select all the volume controls you want to see. Adjust these volume controls if required.

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