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Ever wanted a microphone to chat on skype or yahoo or aim with your friends but dont wanna buy one well heres your answer to that dilema.
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Step 1: Materials

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Well the first thing our gonna need is a set of headphones(or earbuds preferably) that you wont want back. You will also need an altoids tin (It can be any type of tin or even a box, i just love altoids tin projects), A pair of scissors or a razor, paper or some kind of tube the headphone jack(part that fits into mp3/cd player or comp) can fit through easily i used paper. Thats about all you need.

Step 2: Figure out which earbud will be the microphone

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Ok for this step plug the jack into its place(pink audio slot). After that click Start>Programs>Accessories>Entertainment>Sound Recorder. It will open up a box, when holding one of the headphones up to your mouth click the red circle and say something like "Test Test, This is a Test" now press the square to stop recording and then press the forward arrow to play. If you hear your recording then the headphone you tried first is the microphone is not click File>New when it asks to save click no and test with the other earbud, keep track of which is which otherwise you will mess up ruin your microphone and waste a set of perfectly good headphones.

Step 3: Cut Away The Pointless Bud

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Well you could have a useless bud there but i found it to be annoying so with your scissors or other sharp object as close to the jack as possible cut away the second bud


Step 4: Paper (or Tube)

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Fold a sheet of paper in half, tape the cable in it, then roll up the sheet of paper. If you think it is too bulky then cut the paper in half or so that way theres less material making it bulky.

With a tube just slide the jack down and glue the bud in place so it doesnt slide when pulled

Step 5: The Altoids Tin

now use your scissors, sharp object, or my favorite power drill, to make the holes which your paper and jack must fit through.

Step 6: Almost Done

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Now take the jack and feed it through the hole ontop of the altoids tin and then feed it through the hole in the side as well. Bring the paper(or tube) through the hole then close the tin plug in your microphone and your ready to go.

Step 7: Done

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congrats on finishing and thanks for reading my first intructable< hopefully you enjoyed it and your microphone works great. I'm not sure if its just because I used 2 dollar headphones for this but mine doesn't pick up sound to well, but others do so try using a pair that cost you 10 dollars but one of the buds died(hopefully not the one you need) Enjoy skype and all that stuff me k? :p ttyl

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mist.form.78 months ago

Any speaker can actually act as a microphone but with varying quality because they were designed to use electrical signals to vibrate a "drum" that produces sound. Then it requires a sensitive "drum" to convert sounds into electrical energy and the quality of this depends on the material and manufacturer of the speaker/earbud you are attempting to use.

BobJ28 months ago


Danielac10 months ago

I cant understand what bud Im Supposed to do and you should also put what to do with headphones

Hzavial10 months ago

plzzz give me video of this.because i cant understood.

I tried the Ible but the sound is Waaaaaaay to quiet even on the loudest setting I can barely hear it. I am on a Mac please help

zrobles3 years ago
i did what you did but didn't work you lied
Maybe you did it wrong, but I know he didn't lie.
obimaxharry3 years ago
I can hear myself, but it is really really quiet! Help please!
Maxaxle3 years ago
Actually a really good idea, but I bet it sounds slightly tinny.
Kundancool3 years ago
Waste of time its not what I was searching for its like preparing a stand for microphone not building it
apoel4 years ago
i cant hear my voice when i record
someone help!!
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wii5524 years ago
it will always be the earbud that is labelled left (with an l on it). If the labelling is worn off, then you can do this, but that will save you a bit of time
ibot65004 years ago
wood wood work
Hmff4 years ago
Can you make a head set of the two combined?
ski4jesus4 years ago
NICE KNIFE!!! haha, yah, i just made almost a studio quality microphone with some really nice speakers that i found, so i reversed the wires and attached them to a guitar cable and plugged em' in to my amp! it does work, and great job.
yugankarya4 years ago
how we can downloade
theexpert5 years ago
actualy that other bud isnt useless you can use it as a regular headphone so you can hear the people
s1175 years ago
Niether Ear bud works
nice u should upgrade this ......................................................

rockfan1875 years ago
Dude that's awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
joinaqd6 years ago
nice job making this...i made an instructable about how to make homemade headphones lol...check it out sometime.here's the link Homemade headphones
rada1946 years ago
Thanks man i did that and now i can talk to my friends online. I used a fat marker tube for my headphones it worked so perfectly. thanks for the idea.
mason01906 years ago
Looks like an elementary school intercom.
cd41 mason01906 years ago
when i find a working pair of headphones and a altoids tin(how do i not have one sitting around?!?!?!) im gonna paint the tin black of white or something, maybe even put a little fake toggle switch to enhance the effect
luchfo6 years ago
thanks a lot.you just saved me about 20 dollars.
mason01906 years ago
Maybe you could use the other bud as a speaker.
mason01906 years ago
*quote* I just love altoids tin projects.*unquote*
GASP!!! Me too!
mason01906 years ago
Altoids tins yay!!! :D
lupinesoul7 years ago
Skype? Yahoo? Hah! Ventrilo is the way to go.
Z-and-B-inc7 years ago
I can't get it to work all I get is bzzzzzzzz. Can you give me some help.
Mr.Cire8 years ago
Its you're ready to go. Not your. Thats just a pet peeve of mine.
i tryed it and the earbuds as microphones it was different on 2 computers
minisharkx (author)  Yerboogieman8 years ago
O.o well i only use mine on my laptop so i havent experienced that problem i have also since bought an actual microphone (birthday money who woulda figured thats how i could get cash)
true...i could use them for only one computer, yeah normal mic's have a bit better quality but it did work, nice work!
nathan421008 years ago
Now, make it light a small bulb with your voice.
i dont think many eople got the n64 reference lol
n64 reference? it was another instructable on here.
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