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Possible to use speakers as amplifyers?

Discussion in 'Monitoring / Headphones' started by TKS, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. TKS

    TKS Guest

    I have a Shure SM58 connected to my computer through a Tascam US122 audio/midi interface (in my usb port), and I was wondering if it's possible to use the speakers to amplify whenever I sing or talk into the mic or whatever. Cause my friend has a simple 5$ mic at his house plugged directly into his onboard soundcard, and when he sets his volume really high (and has microphone said to play in the volume control panel thingy) his voice comes out of the speakers amplified. It's really handy for like, practising and stuff. But for some reason I can't get it to work with my setup... Help? :)

    Btw I'm using WinXP (with SP2), and my soundcard is a Creative Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS, if it matters. :)
  2. jbeutt

    jbeutt Active Member

    sure you're amplifying...but what? crap that's what. Anyway, it should be working. check your audio setup and make sure everything is routed correctetly. Also make sure you're plugging your mic into the mic (red usually) plug on the soundcard.
  3. TKS

    TKS Guest

    No.. you didn't read my post. I have a Shure SM58 that i'm using thru an audio/midi interface plugged into a USB port.
  4. jbeutt

    jbeutt Active Member

    oh i'm sorry. Although the only change is about plugging in the mic. I stand by the crap thing though. What i mean is that computer speakers aren't gunna do a great job of really replicating the vocals.
    As for your actual problem: are you able to play stuff off your computer (music, etc.)? Also, are you able to record with the mic? Is the problem getting the mic through to the speakers in realtime?
  5. TKS

    TKS Guest

    Well yea, but its good enough for a quick practise... Anyway, yea I can play stuff no problem and record fine, the problem is getting the mic through the speakers in realtime.
  6. jbeutt

    jbeutt Active Member

    Why can't you just use the headphone/line out on the 122?
  7. jimbo_baby84

    jimbo_baby84 Guest

    wow, i'm sure glad i checked out the "pro audio gear" forum today.
  8. TKS

    TKS Guest

    Use them for what..?
  9. oadamy

    oadamy Guest

    unplug your speakers from the computer and plug them into that jack on the 122. might need a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter or something? 99 cents.
  10. bobbo

    bobbo Active Member


    I think the adapters are around $4
  11. TKS

    TKS Guest

    I take it that's the only way then? I'll see if I can find that somewhere... small town. Thanks tho!

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