In the near future I will have to record an audio presentation for OU. This was fine with the mic on the old laptop. However, the newer one seems more sensitive so I get distortion/feedback when recording and it also picks up the slightest sound in the room. Would a headset with a microphone be better for recording? I am clueless about such things. Can anyone recommend a (cheap) one that would work?
Last Edit: Nov 30, 2020 12:29:39 GMT by The Doctor
Post by Andy Turnbull on Nov 30, 2020 14:01:17 GMT
Before you buy anything else if you aren't already, pop headphones into your laptop and try recording that way. Ensuring your laptop's audio output is set to the headphones as opposed to internal speakers and see how the recording comes out.
It has to be done with the OU Audio Recording Service.
I'll just have to put up with the distortion. I don't have money for a mic. The older laptop was what I did this on last time I was required to do this but now the microphone on it doesn't seem to work anymore.
Last Edit: Jan 10, 2021 22:28:49 GMT by The Doctor
Well, first thing you can do is right click on the speaker in the Win10 taskbar -> Open Sound Settings. Under Input, select your mic device (should be default), then Device Properties. This will open a new screen.
Click Start Test and talk into your mic. When you stop the test it'll say what your max level was. If it's 100, then you're clipping, so move the Volume slider down to 80% and try again. Repeat until you find an appropriate level.
You could also test by installing Audacity and do some trial recordings through that? This will isolate if the issue is H/W or limited to the OU recording tool.
After much practice and balancing I found a sweet spot of exactly where to lean back to minimise distortion for an acceptable recording for the OU Assignment. This does highlight my need to get a microphone though.