Configure Microphone in Winamp in Windows 7

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This is an example of how you can add a microphone to winamp and host your radio station online. Winamp comes with the option for a microphone, however you will need to configure a few settings in your windows operating system to be able to do this. The settings are simple but every sound card is different so you will see a few options you may not have on your computer. What we need to do is enable the Stereo Mix Option, Windows 7 stereo mix is very simple but in windows xp sometimes is a little tricky. Pay attention to the concept of this configuration so you can apply these settings on your computer the best you can according to your computer devices and settings.

How to add and configure Microphone to Winamp

How to add and configure Microphone to Winamp:

Here are the steps to enable your sound card stereo mix for windows 7:

  1. open your Winamp
  2. Go to Options > Preference > Plug-ins > DSP / Effect > Nullsoft SHOUT cast source DSP
  3. The “Nullsoft SHOUT cast Source Panel” will open
      • First make your settings to stream are correct, Encoder Type and Bitrate, IP, Port and Password.
      • Go to the Input tab and change your input device to “Sound card Input
      • The Sound card Mixer Control displays
      • Click the “Open Mixer” button
  4. The Sound Recording tab displays
      • If you don’t see your sound card make a right-click on any blank space and select “Show Disable Devices
      • Select your sound card, do a right-click and select “Enable
      • Make sure your sound card is set as “Default Device
      • If you are not going to use your sound card inline for a microphone and you have for example a usb microphone make sure your microphone is set as “Default Communication Device
      • Click the Playback Tab at the top and select your default audio device.
      • Click OK button
  5. Go back to the “Nullsoft SHOUTcast Source” Panel
      • Click the refresh button next to the pull-down menu under “Choose Capture Device
      • Select your microphone from the pull-down menu under “Choose Capture Device
      • Right-click the speaker icon next to your clock on windows taskbar and select “Open Volume Mixer
      • Keep main volume 100% (this is just a recommendation)
      • Adjust winamp volume or the volume of the software that is playing the music. (listen the streaming from another computer and adjust the volume until sound smooth)

Now your winamp should be able to take any audio go through your sound card and you should have your microphone ready to talk.

Remember, these settings are just a concept of how to configure a microphone for winamp. Apply these settings on your computer the best you can according to your computer devices and settings.

Here are the steps to enable your sound card stereo mix for windows xp:

Open your Volume control Right-click the speaker icon next to your clock on your taskbar and select “Open Volume Control” if you don’t have this icon see this instructions.

To Display The Volume Icon

      • By default, the Volume icon is not displayed when you initially install Windows XP on your system.

To enable the display of the Volume icon, follow these steps:

    • Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
    • Double-click Sounds and Audio Devices.
    • Click Show volume control on the task bar.
    • Click OK.

When you have the new desktop features of Windows XP enabled, follow these steps:

    • Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
    • Click Sounds, click Speech, and then click Audio Devices.
    • Click Sounds, and then click Audio Devices.
    • Click Show volume control on the task bar.
    • Click OK.

With the Volume Control Panel open select Options>Properties>Recording and select Stereo Mix

    • Click OK
    • Click the Select check box under the volume

If you don’t see the Stereo Mix option you will have to try this, and I say try because there is no guarantee but in most cases this works.

  1. Click on start, run type regedit
  2. Click the fist option on your Registry left view usually “Computer
  3. Then go to File>Export… This is to save your current Registry settings just in case you want to go back to your previous settings.
  4. Then go to the following path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM>CurrentControlSetControl>Class
  5. then click view click find and copy an paste {4D36E96C-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} in to the search field and click find it will take you right to the one you need
  6. Then look for the folder with the plus sign next to them and expand until you see Settings filter rear
  7. Then right click on rear & add a Binary Value as Digital Input Monitor after creating this value add the binary value of 01 by right clicking on this new value.
  8. then right click again on rear and add the second Binary Value as Digital Stereo Mix then right on this new value and a binary value of 01.
  9. After you get this done there should be 2 already existing values in the list that would need to be changed.
  10. The first one Master Controls Independent Mixer Inputs the binary value of this value would be changed from 01 to 00
  11. The next one is Enable Input Monitor would be changed from 00 to 01.

After all this is done restart the pc and stereo mix should be shown as an option on the Volume Control.

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Satish Kumar Ithamsetty
 

Satish Kumar Ithamsetty is a full-time blogger from India who is managing this technology blog. Apart from running this technology blog, he is managing blog on Blogging tips.

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