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Step 3: Setting up Audacity and recording

It's time for us to make use of the program you installed earlier, Audacity. Once it's started, open the Edit >> Preferences menu and set it up as can be seen in the first image, by choosing (Microphone 2 - USBMIC Serial #) from the peripherals list, and 2 (Stereo) from the Channels list.

As an audio editing program, it's able to manage several audio tracks, Stereo or Mono, much in the same way that, say, Photoshop manages layers in an image. Which means, of course, that you need a track to be able to put sound on it !

In our case, since we're going to use what Windows sees as a Stereo microphone, we're going to add a new track that can deal with. Click the Project >> New Stereo track option, and the new track will show up in the main window, ready to record. All that is left for you to do is press Record - and if everything went fine, your Singstar microphones are now both active and recording !

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<p>Can you link please an audiotest on youtube???</p>
<p>Great idea.</p>
<p>Hi CharlotteB2,</p><p>Thanks ! Actually a while ago, a friend of mine was talking about his podcast (The Little Metal Dog Show - http://littlemetaldog.com/) and it turns out that's actually just the kind of setup he was using when it all began. This is a really sweet setup when you're starting out a podcast on a budget, and Instructables is full of tutorials like the <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/MICROPHONE-SHOCK-MOUNT/" rel="nofollow">12$ microphone stand</a>, or the <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/MICROPHONE-SHOCK-MOUNT/" rel="nofollow">Microphone shock mount</a> to step it up a bit more.</p>
For people not able to get both mics to work, check your recording sample rate and make sure its set to 2 Channels - CD&nbsp;Quality (44.100 KHz). XP, 7, and Vista all set microphones to 1 channel by default so in that case you will only get a doubled up mono signal (doubled to stereo) from one microphone (blue). Setting it to Stereo 2 channel input will allow you to record a separate L and R channel from Red and Blue mics separately. This is also the way to get it to work with the UltraStar open source SingStar port.
Hi djzeratul My sample rate is correct but still only the blue mic records. I've never done anything like this before so in layman's terms, the 2 different charts/graphs appear. Each graph has 2 bars. The one for the blue mic has the blue line running through the middle of each bar and it reacts to sound. The one for the red mic doesn't have any line running through it, regardless of whether there is sound or not and is not recording anything. Any suggestions?
<p>4 years later :p</p><p>Reading about your problem Paul, it really looks a lot like what Djzeratul is describing - namely not setting the microphones to 2 channels, which results in only one of the two mics being active in the recording program. I will check to see if I still have these mics somewhere (I replaced them with a desktop mic a while ago for podcast recordings) and see if I can look into it. But do let us know if you've found a solution to your problem since you posted !</p>
With the singstar microphones you can record in adobe audition?
<p>Hey there !</p><p>I don't have a copy of Adobe Audition to try it out, but it should be able to record using this program as well : the microphones with their base are recognized as a soundcard, you will need to check the Adobe Audition user manual to see how to set up audio sources.</p>
Hi, is Audacity required? <br>And have you used with Skype or WebEx with this setup? <br> <br>thanks for the info!
<p>Hey there :) Audacity is not required per se - it just happens to be a really good open source, free audio recording and editing program that's available for just about anyone with an Internet connection. You can probably use that same setup in other audio editing programs as the microphones are recognized by Windows as an independent USB audio card : you'll just need to follow the user manuel of your program of choice for such setup.</p><p>As for Skype, the answer is yes ! It does recognize USB mics - I've used several USB microphones with it over time, including my latest desktop mic from manufacturer AKG.</p><p>Sorry I didn't comment earlier, I hope it still helps you !</p>
<p>Clear</p><p>Quick</p><p>Easy</p><p>Very good explanation, 10/10. Congratulations.</p>
<p>Thanks :)</p>
changed the box and mic casing a bit abd it looks almost professional
Hello there, I've bought these mics but I'm having trouble having bothmics be picked up. Your guide is very useful but I'm using XP and Icannot find some of the features you are talking about. I wondered ifyou knew how to do the same thing but for Windows XP?<br /><br />Thanks in advance! :)<br />
Hello Drawgasm, and thanks for your question ! Sadly enough, I&nbsp;donot use Windows XP&nbsp;at the moment - at least not on my homecomputer.&nbsp;I do use it at work though and I'm going to bring themikes over there next week for some testing.&nbsp;I'll try to give youthe information you need then !<br /><br />Until then, good luck - here's hoping you figure it out on your own !<br />All the best, T.<br />
Thanks, I'm gonna try my best but any help you can give me would begreatly appreciated. Have a great day :)<br />
Good stuff! Thanks for posting this. Does anyone know if there is music-tuition software to make your PC go one step further and actually mark you as you play a particular bit of music on an instrument? I.e., behave like Singstar does to your voice?
Thanks for your comment, Neilgal !<br /><br />I'm afraid I do not know of such a program.&nbsp;There is however, a free open-source alternative to SingStar called&nbsp;Ultrastar.&nbsp;Maybe you could derive something from their code, or ask the developers team if they can help you with this or point you the right way ?<br />

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