Using Windows 7 Sound Recorder to Test an External Microphone on Case CATalyst 12


Using Windows 7 Sound Recorder to test an external microphone on Case CATalyst 12.


You can use these steps to verify if your computer's sound card can record input from an external Microphone and play it back in Case CATalyst 12.

Use Windows sound recorder to create an audio file using the following steps:
  1. Plug the external microphone into the Windows 7 computer.  The first time you plug the microphone in wait for the balloon in the lower right corner of your Windows desktop indicating an external device has been installed and is ready for use.

  2. Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, and select Sound Recorder.  Case CATalyst uses a different CODEC for recording than Windows Sound Recorder but it is a good test to verify you have setup and configured your microphone on your computer with Windows 7.

  3. Click Start Recording and speak into the microphone.

  4. Click Stop Recording to end the recording test.

  5. A "Save As" screen automatically opens.


    Type a filename and click Save. A file type of .wma (Windows Media Audio) is being saved in the Documents folder under Libraries.  Go to the Documents folder (or whatever folder you have saved the file in) and double click the file you have saved. 

    If you can hear audio playing you can record Audio using the external Microphone with the above method.  You have verified the Microphone recording capability.  The Microphone should now work in any application that supports Microphone recording. 

    If the computer does not play audio using the above method, there could be an issue with your Microphone or Microphone settings.

    Please verify the following Microphone settings.

    Enabling the Microphone.

    1. Click on Start, Control Panel (change Control Panel View by: to Large icons at the upper right of the Control Panel), click the Sound icon then click the Recording tab.

    2. The external Microphone should be listed with a green check mark indicating the Microphone is installed properly and is the default recording microphone.  If the external Microphone does not have a green check, click on the external Microphone and then click on the Set Default drop down menu and select Default device.  The Microphone should now have a green check mark and it is set as the default recording device.   

    3. Click on the external Microphone with the green check mark and then click on the Properties button.  When the Microphone Properties window opens look to the left of Device usage:.  It should list as "Use this device (enabled)."  If it isn't, click the drop down menu and select Use this device.  Next, click on the Custom tab.

    4. On the Custom tab put a check in the Microphone boost checkbox.


    5. Click on the Levels tab and adjust the volume that the Microphone records at.

    6. Click on the Apply button, then click the OK button.  Click Apply and click OK on the Sound window and you should be back at the Control PanelClose the Control Panel.  Your microphone is setup to record.  If your microphone has an internal battery, make sure you have the microphone power switch turned on.

      Some Microphones will have a mute option.  Make sure the Microphone is not muted.

      All documents on this HelpDesk not dealing directly with Stenograph hardware or software are presented to enhance your general computer knowledge.  Stenograph technical support does not support software or hardware Stenograph does not manufacture or sell.  Do not do anything to your computer unless you understand all possible consequences completely.  Stenograph assumes no responsibility for products not manufactured or sold by Stenograph and will not support these products. 


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