Important Note: Be sure to fully quit Chrome before following the instructions below if you plan to use the web recorder. It is best to set your audio controls first, then start Chrome.

These instructions assume you are running Windows 10; the procedure for other versions of Windows may differ in the specifics. These checks should be done before starting MTVR or connecting to the web recorder with Chrome. If you use your computer for other things that have audio (e.g. Skype, Youtube, Google, Cortana) you might need to revisit these instructions every time you go to record ModelTalker sentences.

  • Plug in your USB headset mic.
  • Right-click the speaker icon in the right side of the lower bar on the screen.
  • Select Recording devices; a dialog window will pop up.
  • Under the Communications tab (if present) in the Sound dialog window, select “Do nothing”.
  • Click into the Recording tab and select your USB microphone in the list of devices (if it is not the default, click “Set Default” to make it the default).
  • Click the Properties button to bring up the Microphone properties dialog
  • Under the Enhancements tab (if present), select “Disable all enhancements”.
  • Under the Advanced tab (if present), select 2-channel, 16-bit, 44100 Hz CD Quality for Default format and under Exclusive mode, select both available options
  • Close the dialogs (be sure to click OK and not Cancel to close dialogs)

From this point on, the best settings depend on whether you are using MTVR in Windows or the web recorder via Chrome (Windows or Mac). Follow the instructions in the correct section below.

MTVR

  • Click Properties to bring up another dialog box specific to your microphone.
  • Under the levels tab, if there is a slider called “Boost” (this is separate from the recording level setting and is only present for some audio hardware) slide it all the way to the left. NOTE: If after all the other changes have been made your microphone level is consistently too low, you may need to return to this panel and increase the Boost level, but we recommend starting with it disabled.
  • Adjust the microphone level meter so that your speech is clearly showing on the level readout. This is just to verify that the microphone is working since MTVR will adjust the volume level during calibration.
  • Close the Properties dialog.
  • Under the Playback tab in the Sound dialog, select the USB headset as the default playback device.
  • Click the Properties button. A “Speakers Properties” dialog window will appear.
  • Close all dialog boxes.
  • Close all other programs and all other websites.

Web Recorder (in Chrome)

  • Click Properties to bring up another dialog box specific to your microphone.
  • Under the levels tab, if there is a slider called “Boost” (this is separate from the recording level setting and is only present for some audio hardware) slide it all the way to the left. NOTE: If after all the other changes have been made your microphone level is consistently too low, you may need to return to this panel and increase the Boost level, but we recommend starting with it disabled.
  • Adjust the microphone level up as high as possible without having the meter hit the top of the scale while speaking into the microphone in your normal speaking voice. Usually setting the volume to its maximum level works well.
  • Close the Properties dialog.
  • Under the Playback tab in the Sound dialog and select the USB headset as the default playback device.
  • Click the Properties button. A “Speakers Properties” dialog window will appear.
  • Under the Enhancements tab, click “Disable all enhancements”.
  • Close all dialog boxes.
  • This step has been replaced by directly selecting your microphone in the recorder Settings dialog. Open Chrome and click on the 3 horizontal bars at the end of the address bar. Select “Settings”, scroll down, and select “Show advanced settings”. Under “Privacy” click “Content settings”, scroll down to the “Media” section and select the headset from the Microphone drop-down menu if it isn’t already selected.
  • Close all other programs and all other websites.
  • You can now log into www.modeltalker.org and begin recording. While recording, you can periodically click on the camera icon in the right side of Chrome’s address bar to be sure your microphone remains the selected microphone. If it is not, select it and redo the settings silence measurement.

Note: You should probably print this page and keep it by the computer to use every time you start a recording session.