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I have recently bought a Blue Yeti Pro USB microphone for our school's radio station. I am happy with the quality it offers when recording, however, I have this problem: I seem not to set it right for broadcast. I am using an edcast (icecast) plug-in for winamp and it seems a real issue configuring it right. It's either it takes sound from the microphone only or just from the music I play. So when for instance we want to make an announcement, we need to go to the settings and switch from Blue Audio 2.0 Input to SoundMAX Digital Audio. But that stops the music and only picks sound from the microphone only.

 

I use Windows XP on my computer. For the settings, the choices are: on one side - Blue Audio 2.0 Input and SoundMAX Digital Audio, and on other side, in the "Microphone" field: Aux, CD Player, Line in, Microphone, Wave Out Mix. I tried different combinations of these options, but it didn't work.

 

Being a USB microphone, my guess is that the options I have in the edcast settings are related only to the soundcard (it cannot detect "what comes" from the USB input). Therefore I bought a Behringer Xenyx 802 mixer and a Behringer UCA-202 USB adaptor, since the microphone also has the XLR input option.

 

I believe this could solve the problem but I am not familiar with the mixer and what it can do. Can someone take some time one day and configure the sound settings for the school computer we are using, please? It's such a pity we have such a good microphone and we cannot use it right. We would really appreciate your effort. You are probably people working every day with such equipment and you surely know more than we do.

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I have already tried that. Unfortunately, the USB input does not deliver the microphone sound to the soundcard (I guess), but it only collects whatever sound input comes directly connected to it. I do have a mixer which I was thinking to use this way: connect the microphone to it through the XLR cable and then transmit the sound to the computer at the back of the computer to the microphone jack. But that seems rather an improvised way to do it and I was thinking maybe there could be a more direct way. Is it possible for you to assist me via TeamViewer?
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  • 2 weeks later...
problem solved: I connected the microphone to the mixer via the XLR cable and then I made the output sound go to the line in input of the computer, with an rca - jack cable. I hope that helps other people having the same problem as I had to really "dig" the internet for someone to finally help me.
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sorry I didnt catch this earlier bro.

 

Did you check out those tutorials I made?

 

Once you get the hang of the Audio routing in WIN 7, you realise how powerful it is. Most people dont realize this, but you can actually have channels routed directly to your Stereo mix in the Realtek config. Then control the audio Via the Computers sound settings like a mixer.

 

If you find someone whos savvy enough (this is one I have to look into) Im sure you can also Batch script a auto volume ajuster. Also realize SAM has released a FREE verson for projects like this called SAM LITE. Its not quite as cool as SAM broadcaster pro or studio, but it can carry two pal scripts, and and up to 5000 songs. Pretty neet. Sam does have some good options with audio routing.

KNSJ.org / 89.1 FM San Diego
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sorry I didnt catch this earlier bro.

 

Did you check out those tutorials I made?

 

 

What tutorials? I haven't seen any. Is there a link, to see them?

 

Once you get the hang of the Audio routing in WIN 7, you realise how powerful it is.

 

So, the name of the program is Audio Routing? I have Windows XP on my computer, does it work with it? I guess we could give it a try.

 

Also realize SAM has released a FREE verson for projects like this called SAM LITE

 

I could use SAM as long as it allows for the edcast to be used with it. I need that because my stream is hosted on a website which only operates with streams sent via shoutcast and edcast, and I use the second because in edcast you can automatically interrupt the auto-dj function in the control panel, while in shoutcast one can't do that.

 

I would recommend routing it with Sam lite or Manual routing, and yes, I will help you with Team viewer to do so.

 

Thank you, when can we start? :) Do you use YM or SKype? There is also another problem to be solved - I made the test I said earlier at home. But at school where I'm supposed to use the microphone, the line in is not working. I checked the settings and I could not see what the problem is. Maybe you will figure it out, or maybe we will use your method and I won't have to resort to the line in after all.

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1) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL389982084AC662BF

 

Subscribe to my channel.

 

2) If you have XP, ignore the second statement.

 

3) SAM lite is a standalone broadcast program thats all in one. You dont need edcast for it. But I use edcast in my tutorials. Also I recently switched from EDCAST to BUTT (Broadcast using this TOOL) On sourceforge. My new pic for stand alone streaming due to its lightweight. When used with ZARA, my processing was 320kbps with no hiccups or pulse.

 

4) Skype: Im brutish_sailor on skype, hear me roar.

KNSJ.org / 89.1 FM San Diego
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also give me the schools address. I have a lot of broadcast equipment I no longer use. Including a mixer if your school cant afford one (Im guessing high school broadcasting lab) Im pretty sure its a tax write off for me, so send me the address, recieve goodness.
KNSJ.org / 89.1 FM San Diego
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Subscribe to my channel.

 

 

Done. I have watched a little and your videos are quite explanatory. I'll take some time to view them further.

 

 

SAM lite is a standalone broadcast program thats all in one. You dont need edcast for it.

 

 

I do hope it also allows for connecting to a specific server and does not limit to using the local computer for broadcasting. I cannot leave it online all the time, it's quite old and it wouldn't resist non-stop function.

 

 

When used with ZARA, my processing was 320kbps with no hiccups or pulse.

 

 

I tried ZARA once and couldn't understand much of the way it works. When I first took a visit with some of my students to a local station, before starting our project, I noticed that they were using it.

 

 

also give me the schools address. I have a lot of broadcast equipment I no longer use.

 

 

That would be so kind of you and I wouldn't like to seem impolite by accepting it..sending anything to Romania, where I live, might prove quite a nuisance in terms of not only of money but also shipping. Though I admit it would be an surprisingly unexpected help for us :)

 

I added you on skype. I hope time zones difference will allow to talk there at reasonable times of the day for you. I can log in any time.

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