Through Your Soundcard In PalTalk
A Tutorial by Black Hat
This tutorial will explain how to use your soundcard
to play music directly into a PalTalk chat room.
Please Note: There are many different
soundcards and the settings are slightly different for each of them.
For this tutorial, I have chosen perhaps the most common soundcard
available, SoundBlaster Live!
First find the speaker icon located next to the
clock on your Windows taskbar.
Click the speaker icon and open up the Play Control panel. It will look
something like this.
Next, you will need to click on Options on the menu
and select Properties as displayed below in Figure 2.
Next you will want to select the radio button labeled
Below that button you will see a box which allows you to select various
output devices on your soundcard.
All soundcards are different but all things considered, you will need to
select your master output device and the mic.
These are the only two items you need checked in order to play direct on
Below you will see that I have checked Record Master and Microphone.
While all soundcards have a Microphone selection, your particular
soundcard may have not have a
Record Master setting but will list instead,
Stereo Out, Mixer Out, Master Out, Wav Out etc.
After choosing the proper devices select OK.
The Record Control panel will appear with only your main output control
and mic visible.
Set your main output level somewhere between the 3rd and 4th notch as a
general rule as indicated in Figure 4.
When you wish to play music in the chat room, select
your output control.
When you wish to speak on the mic, select your Microphone control.
Do not close the Record Panel. Allow it to reside on
your taskbar as indicated in Figure 5.
This will allow you to switch back and forth between devices easily.
To send music to the chat room, click on the "lock
mic" button as indicated
in Figure 6, select the master
output control, queue up your music and start playing.
You are now playing directly through your soundcard.
This concludes the tutorial. You should now be able to
produce much better sound in the chat room if
you are listening at very low volumes or even muted if you'd like to
answer the phone or cuss at the cat etc.
This Groovy Little Soundcard Tutorial was posted and
modified in 2004 - 2005 by Black Hat Design
Still have questions? Feel free to e-mail me. I will do my very best to