Are you a first-time user of a microphone? Do you want to use a microphone to record sound for memory, podcasting, youtube, or stream?
But you don’t know how to set up microphone? Hooke Audio will help you setting up your microphones. It is simple and straightforward.
We hope you enjoy this blog post on way to set up your microphone. This article is designed for beginners who are looking for an easy step-by-step process that will help them set up their microphones the right way.
It has detailed instructions, so it’s perfect even if you’re not the most tech-savvy person!
Let’s take a look at the tutorial below to help you set up your microphone.
Setting Up a Microphone
Before you can set up your microphone, you need to connect it to your computer or Bluetooth and then install any drivers. Windows will most likely automatically find and install the required drivers. If that fails, you may need to visit the manufacturer’s site for the correct drivers.
Make sure that your microphone is connected to your computer.
- Select Start > Settings > Sound.
- Go to Sound settings > Select your input device. Next, select the mic/recording audio device that you wish to use to connect.
Using the Control Panel
- Type the words Control Panel into the search box at the top of your taskbar. Cortana can be spoken to by saying Control Panel, and Cortana will respond, All right, I’ll Open Control Panel.
- Tap on the Hardware or Sound icon in the Control Panel.
- Click on the Sound tab to open the sound window. Click on the Recording tab.
- Right-click the recording device to which you wish the system to default and then click the option to set a default microphone device.
- Click OK to set the default microphone.
You can search for Settings by entering it in the search bar or clicking on the Windows button and then the gear (usually at the bottom).
- Click on System to open Settings.
- Click sound on the left side.
- Select your input audio device using the drop-down menu to the right.
- You can also check your microphone volume to ensure quality voice reception. For further adjustments or tweaking of sound window quality, choose App volume and device preferences.
- These Settings allow you to adjust the Master Volume setting of your default microphone. Do not increase the volume too much, as this can cause jarring for other people on the call. Keep repeating sentences until you feel comfortable with stability and balance.
Using Voice Recorder
Windows 10 comes with a voice recorder app that can check the sound quality and response of an external microphone. It can be accessed via the Start menu search.
- Windows 10 will be empty and without options. Click the icon.
- To activate the voice recorder, speak a few sentences. When you are done, click the Stop recording menu.
- You can then play the recording and hear your voice.
- If your recording is clear, you have correctly configured the microphone.
You can read the text aloud
Windows Vista might not be able to recognize that the microphone is activated at this point. We need to make Windows Vista recognize the tone and voice we use.
Important: These steps are also covered in the Windows Speech Recognition article. If you came to this article via that article, you can go to that article and continue reading.
- Click on Easy Access in the Control Panel windows.
- Click on Set up Microphone in the Ease-of-Access windows.
- Select the microphone device you are currently using and click the Next button.
There are a few guidelines that can be followed to ensure a positive user experience. Since I selected the Headset microphone, the indications in my case are as shown in this image.
- After you’ve read the information, click the Next button.
- Click on the blue Back arrow in the upper left corner of the setup wizard to return to previous pages or select the wrong device.
- After reading the text, click on Next to continue.
Sometimes the microphone may not work properly in the wizard setup. However, it might still be enabled and functioning correctly according to the Recording tab.
Close the wizard setup if this happens. After you’ve checked that the microphone audio device is enabled, you can open the wizard again.
For example, in my case, the microphone was activated on the headset when I reached this step. It doesn’t seem like it works. I have to restart the wizard set up after a few taps on my microphone.
If you have read the text and clicked the Next button, the wizard setup will inform you that the microphone setup is done. You will also be prompted to set up Speech Recognition by pressing Finish.
How to set up a microphone on Windows 10
- Once the microphone has been plugged in, click the speaker icon in your taskbar to select Sounds.
- Select the Recording tab in the Sounds windows to view all connected microphones. You can select the Default Device if it has not been established.
- To open the Speech Recognition windows, on speech recognition select the Mic option and then choose Configure.
- To open the Microphone Setup Wizard, select Set up microphone.
- To continue the wizard, select the microphone type you have connected to your computer. Continue reading the instructions and then click Next.
- Next, use the Microphone Setup Wizard screen to speak into the mic while you read the text. If your mics functioning correctly, the soundbar should move downwards as you talk.
- Continue to select Next. A confirmation window should appear confirming that your microphone has been installed. To close the Microphone Setup, select Finish to end the installed process.
How to set up a Bluetooth Microphone on Windows 10
- You must pair your Bluetooth microphone or headset with a Bluetooth mic purchased from a Bluetooth manufacturer to work with Windows 10.
- Next, ensure that your Bluetooth mic is on. Click the Bluetooth icon in Windows Taskbar to add a Bluetooth device.
- Make sure that the Bluetooth toggle switch in the Bluetooth & Other Devices window is turned on. Next, click Add Bluetooth or another device.
- Select Bluetooth in the Add a Device windows 10.
- In the next window, your Bluetooth device should be listed. If your Bluetooth microphone doesn’t show up, verify that it is on and ready for pairing. Once it is listed, choose the device to begin the pairing process.
- After pairing your audio device, you will see confirmation windows 10 confirming that your microphone is ready for use. To exit the screen, select Done.
- Right-click the sound icon in Windows Taskbar and choose Sounds > Recording. Your Bluetooth microphone should now be listed. You should now see your Bluetooth microphone listed.
- Talk to your Bluetooth microphone. If the soundbar is to the right of your mic, it should show green bars to indicate that it’s functioning and ready for use.
Test Your Microphone
You can test your microphone is working properly or not, regardless of whether you use the wizard we discussed in the previous section.
- Right-click the sound windows icon on the taskbar to open the Sounds window. Click the Sounds command.
- Next, click on the Recording tab to view a list of all available devices.
Now speak into your mic. Look for the green bars that move when you speak. Your device is working properly if the bars rise with your voice.
You might consider increasing your microphone volume if you can clearly see the green bar moving but not much else.
This is done by increasing the sensitivity of the microphone so that it can pick up more sounds. Click the microphone from the Recording tab and then click Properties.
You can adjust the sensitivity of your microphone by going to the Levels tab.
If the bars are not rising, you might need to reinstall your drivers.
Sometimes, the microphone may not work even though you have enabled it correctly. If you accidentally muted mic access on your device, this could happen.
Ensure that access to the microphone has been turned on by going to Microphone Privacy Settings from the Start menu search.
It will show the status Microphone Access for the Device is On. You can also allow apps to access your microphone, which will display the status as on.
A list of apps that have granted microphone access can be easily viewed. This access can be checked while the app is running. You should ensure that your Zoom or Skype callers have access to the microphone.
Why is my microphone not working?
How can I get my microphone working on my computer?
- We will then go through the same steps as for the headphones.
- Right-click on the sound icon in your taskbar.
- Choose Open sound settings.
- Select the Sound control panel to your right.
- Select the Recording tab.
- Select the microphone.
- Hit Set as default.
- Open the Properties window.
- Select the Levels tab.
Why is my computer not detecting my microphone?
How can I increase my mic volume?
How can I turn on my microphone in Windows 10?
- Open Settings.
- Click on System.
- Click on Sound.
- Click the Device properties button under the Input” section.
How can I check if my microphone works?
There are many different microphones to choose from for any budget and use case, but it can be challenging to know which one will work best for you.
The guide below should help make this process a little easier by providing the basics of setting up your microphone at home with tips specific to each type of mic.
Whether you’re looking for professional audio quality or something more fundamental, we hope that our guide has helped inform your decision-making process so far!
We also have some helpful guides about what types of gear are suitable investments in general if you want even more advice.
If not, feel free to stop reading now – happy recording! Check out our tips and microphone setup guide to know more details, and try setting up your microphone at home.