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Need input "mixing" ability.

Postby Artie » Tue May 30, 2017 11:54 am

This is something that not many people would need, and so will take a low priority on the wishlist scale, but I think more people would get into this once they try it. Most of my music listening, these days, is through headphones. But, I would like to place a microphone in the room, such that it picks up all extraneous sounds. Doorbell, phone, wife calling, and general things that go bump in the night. I can do this now with hardware. I have a vintage Yamaha CA-400 amp that has mic mixing. But I'd like to expand other hardware options. It would be cool if I could do this within MM itself.

Just a thought.
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Re: Need input "mixing" ability.

Postby MMFrLife » Tue May 30, 2017 2:15 pm

So, you are looking for two features, ability to record and mixer functionality?

That would be cool. But...yeah, that'll be a tough one to get them to do. I would think they would leave that to the world of third-party add-on,
which would make it even more difficult to get done.
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Re: Need input "mixing" ability.

Postby rivorson » Tue May 30, 2017 4:25 pm

This is a feature of Windows.

The following instructions are for Windows 10 but previous versions back to Windows 7 and probably Vista should be very similar. I can't remember if Windows XP had the same feature.
  • Open your Sound settings (start menu and type "Sound").
  • Go to the Recording tab.
  • Right click on your microphone or recording device and click Properties.
  • Go to the Listen tab.
  • Enable 'Listen to this device'.

With that enabled anything picked up by your microphone will be played through your headphones.
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Re: Need input "mixing" ability.

Postby Artie » Tue May 30, 2017 9:51 pm

MMFrLife wrote:So, you are looking for two features, ability to record and mixer functionality?


No. I don't need to record. I just need MM, or any software player, to play music while the microphone input is active.
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Re: Need input "mixing" ability.

Postby Artie » Tue May 30, 2017 9:53 pm

rivorson wrote:This is a feature of Windows.

The following instructions are for Windows 10 but previous versions back to Windows 7 and probably Vista should be very similar. I can't remember if Windows XP had the same feature.
  • Open your Sound settings (start menu and type "Sound").
  • Go to the Recording tab.
  • Right click on your microphone or recording device and click Properties.
  • Go to the Listen tab.
  • Enable 'Listen to this device'.

With that enabled anything picked up by your microphone will be played through your headphones.


That almost gets me there. On my computer, it's called "Realtek High Definition control panel", or somesuch. But when I do that, the mic is very noisy and weak. The "pink" noise is louder than the signal. I need to see what the specs are of my mic input. This mic may be wrong for it. I wonder if a USB mic could still be enabled?

P.S. Isn't there someway to quote multiple posts in one thread?
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Re: Need input "mixing" ability.

Postby MMFrLife » Tue May 30, 2017 10:04 pm

So, you're trying to mix the ambient sounds of the mic into the your headphones so when you are listening to music you'll be able to hear if/when you are
needed elsewhere (doorbell, wife calling, etc.)?

"multiple quotes in one thread"

Yes. Do the first quote directly with qoute button or manually and any after that find and paste manually by highlight > copy > paste into post following
quote tools format.
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Re: Need input "mixing" ability.

Postby Artie » Tue May 30, 2017 11:22 pm

MMFrLife wrote:So, you're trying to mix the ambient sounds of the mic into the your headphones so when you are listening to music you'll be able to hear if/when you are needed elsewhere (doorbell, wife calling, etc.)?


Exactly. And it just occurred to me, what I'm essentially asking for is a karaoke mode. So to speak. Mic and music simultaneously.

And thanks for the "multi-quote" info.
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Re: Need input "mixing" ability.

Postby Artie » Wed May 31, 2017 6:38 am

Not karaoke per se. I don't need lyrics and all that stuff. And I want to use MM as my player. There's also another benefit to doing this. I've done this before with my big Tascam mixer, using nice Sennheiser mics. But that's a bit cumbersome. When you interject ambient sound into your headphone mix, it opens up the room. It doesn't sound like you're listening with headphones. Creates "air" and "space" around you. You can even hear yourself talk, so you don't get that "shouting at people" syndrome when you use headphones.
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