A microphone is a device that turns sound waves into something the computer can interpret. You can use microphones to capture audio for things like video chat, recording videos or podcasts, etc.

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How to hear my voice in speakers with a mic?

I have a USB microphone that I can chat on Skype, record sound etc. But how can I make it so that when my mic is on and I speak, Ι hear it in speakers live without having to record my voice first and ...
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Microphone is not working in Skype

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 and Skype. My mic is not working. I have 1 mic attached to the system and another one in my headphone (Beats by Dr. Dre). I followed these steps: Turn PulseAudio autospawn ...
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Voice control over desktop enviornment

I would like to enable a system that can respond to user voice commands and run scripts according to the verbal command GIVEN. Ideally, I would like for the computer to be listening constantly. ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 Skype webcam microphone not working

This is making me crazy. After upgrading to Ubuntu 12.10, Skype 4.1.0.20 can't use my web cam microphone anymore. I can record correctly from the web cam microphone using the sound recorder the ...
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keyboard shortcut/command to mute/unmute microphone

During voice conversations in Skype/Gmail/etc. I would like to mute/unmute the microphone without having to go through all these steps each time: Sound indicator Sound preferences Select Input ...
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How do I install my microphone?

My microphone doesn't work in Ubuntu. I have a Dell Studio XPS 16 laptop. What are the steps to install microphone support?
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Microphone not working at all in Skype

I have been able to get the built-in microphone (it's an Acer laptop) to not only work, but work perfectly in Ubuntu's own Sound Recorder, but when starting up Skype, there's no sign of my microphone ...
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USB Audio Device Loopback Through Speakers

I have a USB turntable which when plugged in to my ubuntu 10.10 machine appears in the audio settings as an input device (USB PnP Audio Device Analog Stereo) like a microphone. What I'd like to be ...
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Logitech Microphone (AK5370) inaudible volume

I bought this microphone from Amazon last week. It's detected just fine in 12.10. I can see it in the sound preferences. The problem is that the volume is so low as to be inaudible, even when turned ...
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Microphone works, but line in not

I have an interesting issue with Ubuntu. I have a laptop that has one jack for line in/microphone and line out/headphones. This the reason why I bought a spliter like below: Splits one 4 ...
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Microphone problem in Ubuntu 11.10

I am using both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10 on a single system with the same hardware. While I'm making call through Gmail or Skype my voice is audible to others while I'm on Windows 7, but while I'm ...
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How do I stream my microphone via VLC?

I'm sure this is a quick one if you know it but I'm stuck been searching around for a long while now. All AUDIO works mic/Spkers/Skype etc... which is great. What I am trying to do is get the mic to ...
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How do I install and use voice commands?

How can I give my own command using mic. I would like to give command like: "Update system now" So system will automatic run apt-get update I've seen Gnome Voice Control but I get error : $ ...
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Internal microphone not working in Google talk

My laptop is Lenovo T400, which has an internal microphone. My OS is Ubuntu 10.10. My browser is Firefox 11.0. The internal microphone works fine, because I can use it to record my voice using ...
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ALSA lists no capture device

So, for some reason, I'm not allowed to prefix my post with the word "Hey"? Strange. Anyway: I just got a new headset, and to my great surprise, ALSA doesn't even believe that a line-in exists. ...
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Internal microphone not working

I have an internal microphone in my laptop. I think it uses Intel High Definition Audio. But I can't get it to work with Ubuntu. It doesn't work with either the Sound Recorder or Skype. On the Input ...
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How can I completely disable internal Mic and Webcam

I want to disable the internal Microphone on my laptop and the internal Webcam completely that they're no longer selectable, and no longer available? I will only use my external Webcam, and my ...
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How to prevent gnome-sound applet from automatically reducing mic volume?

It happens all the time, when i'm talking to someone on Skype or Google Voice and Video, the mic volume automatically keeps going down, as if it is trying to auto-adjust it. I want to disable this ...
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Missing /dev/dsp* - what do I need to do/install for sound input from mencoder?

Linux sound is generally very confusing to me, especially when two different machines running the same version of Ubuntu don't behave at all the same way. I'm trying to use mencoder to record a video ...
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How can I make Ubuntu compatible with baudline?

When I run baudline, it displays the message "all input devices disabled" and the Input ▸ Devices screen doesn't list any devices. The baudline FAQ suggests: Here are two possible explanations for ...
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PulseAudio does not recognize laptop microphone

I was trying to tune my guitar, when I've decided to increase the microphone input volume. Well, i went in the sound settings and it worked. Also, in the connector options list, there was selected ...
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Microphone ALSA noise

I've got two microphones. Both works good under Windows. If i use them under Ubuntu the first one (call it X) works fine, but the second one (call it Y) produces a lot of high-frequency noise. I know, ...
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Unwanted output audio looping through input

I have a fresh Xubuntu install and I'm trying to configure the sound, I've got a Creative Xfi Titanium series sound card At the moment when I'm talking online in Mumble/Skype/Teamspeak etc.. my ...
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Linux Ubuntu 12.04 - TeamViewer 8 - microphone/speakers problem

I already install Teamviewer 8 on my laptop (Linux Ubuntu 12.04) But there is no sound - no microphone or speakers can be detected from TeamViewer. Is there any way that I can fix that problem ? Do ...
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No external microphone Acer AO722

The ACER AO722 comes with an external mic input, and this input is not recognised by Alsa mixer or Sound (in System Settings). There are various comments on this problem, but no real solutions. For ...
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Can't get my Blue Snowflake Mic to work [closed]

It was working fine when I bought it. I think it was an update or something that made it stop. I don't think the Mic is broken, at least I hope not. Can anyone help? Please? I need it before ...
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Internal microphone not listed in sound settings

On a fresh 12.04 installation in sound settings the internal microphone is not listed (worked upto 11.10). Alsamixer shows that mic is "0" and muted, but after changing that it remains undetected in ...
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Getting Google Talk/Skype to Work with Pulseaudio

Google Talk/Skype will not transmit my voice. My microphone works in sound recorder, and i can see levels moving when I check sound settings in gmail. How do I fix this
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How to play music, coming from the microphone jack?

I have a USB device attached, which enumerates as a microphone. It streams some music, and I can easily record it with e.g. Audacity. However, I want not to record it, but jsut listen on my ...
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How to get microphone to work on acer aspire one 722

I have an acer aspire 722, I recently went to use gmail/talk as well as empathy and realized that the microphone does not work. I checked the sound settings, adjusted microphone level, did a mic test ...
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How do I use my PC as a Public Address system

I have a set of external speakers for my pc which work very well. I have a microphone which works very well with my pc. How do I get the sound that I make into the microphone to come out the speakers ...
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Built-in microphone not detected?

My built-in microphone doesn't seem to be detected, because I cannot use it to record my voice in Audacity and it's also not working in Skype. Any solution for my problem? Laptop: Axioo MNC
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Problem with microphone sound when using Skype 4.1. 0.20 on Ubuntu 10.04.4

I have Ubuntu 10.04.4 installed in my machine ( Acer 3810 T). With some recent kernel update (present kernel is 2.6.32.46) there is a problem with the microphone sound when I am using Skype. While ...
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Why is this sound device recognized but no software can record with it?

I recently bought an Alesis iO4, a 4 microphone USB input device, which, according to this site works under Linux "completely", and was tested using Ubuntu 9.04. So I thought it was a good bet it ...
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Enable Mic in Wine ? (Alsa/Pulseaudio)

I'm not able to make a mic work with wine-1.7.30 (the mic is the integrated mic in my pc and works fine with other applications ) I found some suggestions but they don't seem to work. Anyone manage ...
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How to interact with Ubuntu through voice command (mic)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Voice control over desktop enviornment i want to know how to deal with Ubuntu using voice command (e.g. open home to open my home folder & minimize & maximize), ...
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How to use the webcam's microphone in Skype?

I'd like to use my camera's microfone to chat within skype. In my systemwide sound options, I have two entries in the Equipment tab: One Duplex for the Internal SoundCard and one input for the ...
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How do I configure sound devices in Skype 4.2 on 12.04 x64?

I got a new PC and installed the 64-bit version of Ubuntu 12.04 to utilize all of the 8GB of RAM and the APU to the max. So far everything works except sound in Skype 4.2. I can't snap the whole ...
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Microphone input noisy

my mic - although fully functioning - always records mostly screeching noises, while my voice can only be heard in the background. I have to admit, that I tried different distributions and everywhere ...
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How to verify if my microphone input is dead or ubuntu not detected it yet? I can hear music but i cant record audio

I have installed 11.04 Ubuntu. I can play music i can listen. But i cant use the microphone input, i tried with alsamixer + pavucontrol+(arecord -d 10 /tmp/test.wav), pavumeter (apt-get install ...
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Security of my built-in webcam and microphone

Is there a way to control if your microphone and webcam is on? Or an easy way to securely disable it while you don't need it? I have a webcam and microphone built in to my notebook, which I never ...
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Is there a way to modulate my voice on the fly?

I need a way to modulate my voice on-the-fly (to lower or raise pitch, etc, for privacy) for use in Mumble, TeamSpeak and other such programs. Is there any way to do this under Linux/Ubuntu? I have ...
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Can't recognize the microphone on an Hp Pavilion dv 2000la

I was trying to have a conversation via skype this morning, when surprise there was no sound; so i opened sound settings to see what could i do about it, and i found this and the mic wasn't ...
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Set 48000 Hz by microphone

On Windows I can set the input Hz to 48000. With 41000 Hz my microphon makes annoying sounds. With 48000 Hz this is solved in Windows. So how can I set the frequency in Ubuntu globally for all ...
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Internal microphone is not working after upgrade

My laptop is ThinkPad Edge, Intel platform. My internal microphone stopped working after I upgraded to Ubuntu 10.10. Internal audio analog stereo is checked in Sound Preferences->Input. When I run ...
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Microphone not working with Steelseries 5HV2 Ubuntu 12.10

I have recently updated my Packard Bell Easynote LM-81 to Ubuntu 12.10 32-Bit. I tried to start a Skype conversation (installed from the software center, without problems), when I found that my ...
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Microphone not capturing sound on 12.04 Lenovo G580

In both Skype and the Sound Recorder application, I am not capturing any audio from my built-in microphone. I'm not sure why. Otherwise, sound output is working well. I have tried running ...
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USB microphone (Samson C01U) works, then disappears

I recently upgraded from Ubuntu 11.10 to 12.04. My Samson C01U USB microphone, which has worked for many years on Ubuntu, now is having problems. The symptom is as follows. After a reboot, the ...
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How to reduce noise in Skype?

According to Alsamixer I do have a HDA Intel soundcard with Nvidia MCP77/78 HDMI chip (Realtek sound card on MSI notebook). When I use Skype under Ubuntu 12.04 for video calls, the other side hears ...
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EeePc internal microphone not working

The Internal Microphone on my Eee 1005HAB does not work in 10.10. In 10.04 it didn't work very well (lot of static), but now it dosn't work at all. This is weird because it seemed to work fine when ...