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Title: Soundcard Input: Line-In vs Microphone
Solution Number: 00000499 Type: Technical
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What is the difference between Line-In and Microphone inputs?


When using an external Audio Source for your stream, like an Audio Mixer, or Microphone, it is important to use the correct input on your PC.

A basic soundcard will usually have 3 inputs;

  • Green - Audio Out - this is where your speakers are plugged in
  • Pink - Mic In - this is where you plug in an un-amplified audio signal - like a microphone
  • Blue - Line In - this is where you plug in an amplified audio signal - like an audio mixer

Your soundcard's inputs will look something similar to this;



When configuring your Encoder, be sure to select the correct Input

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users - first;make sure your "Stereo Mix" is enabled, as per this FAQ - Enabling Stereo Mix

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