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I'm trying to use two microphones to record with at the same time for a podcast radio show. They're both usb mics, exactly the same, yet only one is picking up audio.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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RemyRAD Thu, 03/27/2008 - 14:28

Don't be trying to do this on a USB hub. You need separate USB inputs on your computer. No sharing allowed.

This should be no different from running 2 different USB audio devices. Which I do all the time. So it is your settings within software that may also be your problem? You may need to go into hardware setup within your selected software program to let it know that this additional USB microphone exists.

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Ms. Remy Ann David

anonymous Fri, 03/28/2008 - 09:54

Out of curiosity, why exactly do you need two mics? Could there be another method of getting what you need to be done done with only one mic? Also, do you have the mics now, and did you keep the receipts? If you take them back and pick up a cheap two channel interface (m-audio firewire410 or something along those lines), you'll have more flexibility and two inputs to play with, although you'll have to pick up some extra equipment (mics, cables and stands). Dunno, all that might be more complicated than you want to get.

Conflicting info, eh? But the general consensus seems to be that out of the box it's not going to happen, because the mics are being treated as individual soundcards, not separate mics. However, that's general consensus from random Google searches, not from RO. Also there seems to be several references to ASIO4ALL as a workaround to enable you to access two audio drivers at the same time. Dunno, haven't looked into it, as I said, just a google plus extrapolation, but good luck!


P.S. Many comments, But none of that stuff is how to insert URL's as hyperlinks, so if anyone feels like a 30sec tutorial, (not to hijack your thread) I'm sure the rest of the community would appreciate it. Thanks!

RemyRAD Fri, 03/28/2008 - 23:41

Well, if you're still having problems getting both microphones to record, simultaneously, here's another suggestion.

Computers can multitask so make it multitask. Open one audio program, choose the recording device and begin recording. Now launch a different a different audio program and select the other microphone to record from. Make sure that you select the same sample rate and bit depth as the other and begin recording.

When you're done, you can merge them into your multitrack software and mix. Try that?

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Ms. Remy Ann David