[bct] Re: Minidisk and USB device questions.

  • From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 21:46:03 -0600

Jenny, nice going.  I hope you can figure it out.  There may be
something simple like a Mono versus stereo button that can be clicked.
I hope it's that simple.

-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jenny Axler
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2006 8:33 PM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Minidisk and USB device questions.

i believe i have discovered the solution, or at least where to get the
solution.  You mentioned the mic boost possibly being in the volume
control properties, so I went to the system tray to check this out and
found a USB 3D configuration dialog.  I wouldn't have guessed it would
have gone there, but to the control panel as you mentioned.  I had
already checked this out.  But as it happens, your suggestion still
helped as I did find it in the system tray.  You're right though, the
controls are graphical.  Hopefully my husband can help me navigate
these.  He doesn't even know how to turn a computer on though, so we'll
see about that.  thanks again for your input.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Neal Ewers <mailto:neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>  
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2006 5:51 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: Minidisk and USB device questions.

Jenny, Let's make sure I understand.  You have the line in working and
you are getting sound, but it is not in stereo.  If this is the case,
here are two things to try.

1.  Are you sure that the cable from your keyboard is a stereo cable?
2.  Sometimes, sound cards put a separate item in the control panel.  My
digital card, for example, has a completely separate entry which is its
own setup parameters where I can select all kinds of things.  Look
around in your control panel and see if you see anything that was not
there before and that might sound like it could be the device.
Unfortunately, even if this is the case, many of the items such as
volumes, etc., may be graphical slide controls.
One other thing.  Sometimes things like the mike boost setting are in
the properties setting of the Volume Control option.  Press alt plus p
to get to properties and arrow up and down to see if it is there.

If I have not understood the point, let me know.
If none of this works, I suspect you should call Sound specialists on
Monday.  Good luck to you.
-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jenny Axler
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2006 6:46 PM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Minidisk and USB device questions.

Neil, I asked about your recording because i wondered if you had,
indeed, done it just as you said, recording it in real time directly to
the computer, or if you had found another way around the transfer issue
that I had not thought of.  So thank you for clarifying that for me.  As
for this device, i have had my husband look at the device itself, the CD
that came with it, and the packagin, but can find no specific model
number.  However, when I installed the drivers it called it "C media USB
sound device".  i am able to find it in my audio devices, and can play
around with the settings, however, it still does not seem to recognize
that there is now a line in, not only a microphone in.  The small amount
of documentation i was able to find online tells me that it is supposed
to accept two channel input, and will output 5.1 surround stereo.  It
also told about the mic boost option.  The only reason i really
mentioned this is that I figure if i can find where this setting might
be, i might be able to find a setting to change the input from 1 to 2
channels.  purely a guess because I can't come up with anything else.
What I actually, for the most part, want to use it for is to record from
my keyboard and vocal processor directly to the computer, and yes, if
necessary, record directly from the minidisc.  
When I plug the device in, all of the sounds from my computer come
through the line out of the device, including Jaws.  I have tested
playing stereo files to make sure the card itself is outputting
instereo, and it is.  When I plub my keyboard or vocal processor in to
the line in jack, i can hear the sound coming through my speakers as you
usually can when using the line in jack, but it is not in stereo.  This
unit is something I bought from the sound professionals, so I think I
just may have to give them a call Monday morning.  They've always been
good to work with.  If you've got any other ideas for me to try,
however, I will surely take them.
either way, I thank you for your input, and want to tell you how much i
have enjoyed your podcasts and music.  I especially like the story about
the well as I was a very inquisitive child myself, in much the same way,
and could easily relate to it.  What a neat thing that your father gave
you the experience of being inside the well.  We have a well on our
farm, and once, when it was open, as old as I am, I still called down
it, trying to fathom the hundreds of feet to where the water flowed.  So
reading your story somewhat satisfied my own curiosity a bit about what
it must be like in there.  
Again, thanks for all your input.  

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