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How to run a USB Mic through an External Audio Mixer

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USB MIc IconI have been reading on forums lately how some people would like to be able to run their USB Mic through their external hardware mixing desks, and it is relatively easy to do.

Below is a diagram on how to run your wiring between the devices.

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Plug your USB Mic into a USB Slot, run an appropriate lead from the Line Out/Headphone Out of your computer into a stereo input channel on your mixer. If your mixer has only mono channels, use channel one for your left, and channel 2 for your right. Next, run wires from the Main Output of the mixer to your Line in/Mic In on your computer, and the physical part is done.

Next, open up Voicemeeter (If you don’t have Voicemeeter you can download it free at VB-Audio.com) and select your USB Mic as the device for channel 1. Make sure “A” is selected/highlighted and “B” is not selected.

step 1Then, select your Line Out/Headphone Out jack as the device for Voicemeeters Main Output, “A1″.

Step 2Now it is time to select your Line In/Mic in as the device for Channel 2. Make sure that “A” is not selected, and “B” is selected.

Step 3All that is left is to open up the app you want to use (eg – Skype, Vidblaster, or some other Web Cam program) and select Voicemeeter’s Virtual Device (Output “B” in Voicemeeter) as the input source audio device.

Skype InVoicemeeter can be downloaded FREE HERE at vb-audio.com. Don’t forget to make a donation – the programmer deserves a little something for a program this good!
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How to use a USB Mic AND a Mixer together in Skype or Vidblaster

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USB MIc IconWeb cam software like Skype and Vidblaster only allow for one audio source, so if your mixer is coming into the computer via the line input, and your mic is coming in through USB, you are generally out of luck….until now.

I recently stumbled upon a free piece of software called Voicemeeter which makes it incredibly easy to solve this problem. It is basically a software mixer that will allow you to take various inputs as well as your system sound and mix them with a great deal of control into one “Virtual” sound device, which you can then select as your audio input device in your web cam program.

Voicemeeter Connection DiagramTo get started, Download your free copy of Voicemeeter HERE.During installation, you will get some dialogue boxes telling you it wants to install some drivers, this is completely normal.

voicemeeter-driver-installOnce you have installed it, you will need to restart your computer so the virtual drivers can register in your system. Once you have rebooted, open up Voicemeeter and you will see the mixing console.

voicemeeter Mixing ConsoleLooks cool doesn’t it! In short, you have two hardware inputs and one virtual input. The virtual input seems to be your system sound, so anything that tries to output through your computers speakers, like Winamp or Windows Media Player, can be fed into your mix here if you want it, if not, just mute this track by pressing the “M” button at the bottom next to its slider. To mix your Mic and Line In (Mixer) click where it says “1 Hardware Input” and select your USB Mic from the drop down list.

Select USB MicThe next step is to select your line in/mixer device in “2 Hardware Input”

Select Line InNow its time to tell Voicemeeter where your speakers are. Select them from the drop down menu that says “Hardware OUT”

select-speakersThe last step to making this all work is to open your Windows menu and select control panel. When this opens select the sound icon to open your computers sound preferences window. In the “Playback” section select “Voicemeeter Input” and then set it as the default device.

select-voicemeeter-in-soundNow you are all configured, you just need to do a small adjustment in Voicemeeter to stop feedback loops. The output of Voicemeeter has two channels, “Main Out” which will go to your speakers, and “Virtual Out” which is what will go into web cam software (Skype, Vidblaster etc….)

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 In the “1 Hardware Input” channel, it is wise to de-select “A” as this will stop your mic from being played out aloud through your speakers. This will prevent feedback, but still allows your USB Mic to feed into your web cam program through the Virtual Out.

Channel SelectNow, all that’s left is to open your web cam program, Skype or Vidblaster etc, and select Voicemeeters output as your input device, and you can now use your USB Mic AND your external hardware mixer.

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Voicemeeter can be downloaded FREE HERE at vb-audio.com. Don’t forget to make a donation – the programmer deserves a little something for a program this good!

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How To Make Your Own Internet TV Show – Part 4 – Mixing Audio, Mics, and Avoiding Looping in Software

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Mixing DeskMixing Audio into your Vidcast can be as easy as you want it to be, or as difficult as you want it to be. You will find the more you want to incorporate into your set up, that audio is always going to be the pebble in your shoe, especially if you are using multiple audio sources.

As a result, I will divide this tutorial into two parts, a Basic Beginners section for those just getting started, and an Advanced section for those using external mixers and audio sources.

Beginners Tutorial


Voicemeeter can be downloaded FREE HERE at vb-audio.com. Don’t forget to make a donation – the programmer deserves a little something for a program this good!

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Advanced Tutorial

COMING SOON! 

Part 1 – Selecting Video Switcher Production Software – The Heart of Vidcasting – VIEW HERE
Part 2 – Installing Vidblaster, Connecting Your Webcam, Switching and Interface Basics – VIEW HERE
Part 3 – Adding Additional Cameras – VIEW HERE
Part 4 – Mixing Audio, Mics, and Avoiding Looping in Software – VIEW HERE
Part 5 – Desktop and Browser Capture – VIEW HERE
Part 6 – Connecting Guests Via Skype or Oovoo – COMING SOON!
Part 7 – Lower Thirds, Titles and Animation – COMING SOON!
Part 8 – Adding flair with Effects, Soundboards, Chat Room Streams and other cool software – COMING SOON!
Part 9 – Green Screen/Chroma Keying and Virtual Sets with iClone – COMING SOON!
Part 10 – Recording and Streaming – COMING SOON!

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Easily split large audio files into individual tracks with Audacity

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Audacity LogoThis tutorial shows you how easy it is to split large audio files into single individual tracks using the free program called Audacity on Mac, Windows and Linux

You can download Audacity FREE for Mac, Windows and Linux/Unix HERE.

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How To Use iPhone Android or Nokia Smart Phones as cameras in Vidblaster

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This video will show you step by step how to download and install software that will allow you to use your iPhone, Android Phone, or Nokia Smart Phone as a camera in Vidblaster.

**NOTE** – Your phone and computer need to be connected to the same wifi network

To get started, download the free Epoccam App from your devices app store and install it. Then, on your computer, browse to kinoni.com to download the free virtual device drivers. The software relies on Apple’s Bonjour networking technology, and if it isn’t already on your system, the installer will download and install it automatically for you. Don’t worry, it’s harmless!

Once everything is installed, open the app on your phone, then open Vidblaster, and add a new camera module and select “Kinoni Video Source” and you should be up and running.

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How to fix WDTV Pink Screen Issue

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WDTV Pink ScreenIf the power goes off, or I need to reboot my WDTV for any reason, when it comes back on my screen is always tainted with a pink hue, it seems to be called the “Pink Screen Issue”. From what I can gather, its caused by a mismatch in frame rate when using HDMI. Here’s how I fix it on my unit. I hope this works for you as well.

Start at the home screen

WDTV Pink Screen IssueScroll through and select the “Setup” option

WDTV Pink Screen Issue SetupThen select Audio/Video OutputWDTV Pink Screen Issue Video OutputThe next step is to select HDMI

WDTV Pink Screen Issue HDMINow select AUTO

WDTV Pink Screen Issue AutoNext, choose OFFWDTV Pink Screen Issue OffPINK BE GONE! Click OK to save the changes

WDTV Pink Screen IssueClose out of setup by pressing the Home button on your remote

WDTV Pink Screen IssueAnd you are now all set to go

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