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I have a Soundblaster Live! Value sound card using Win98. Any sound picked up by my microphone is immediately heard out the speakers. How do I stop mic input going straight out my speakers?
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by:john3
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go into your sound software and see if the mike is marked as muted. if it is not set it to muted. that should take care of it.

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by:sanal
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If you are hearing music and not recording, you can mute mic. When you are recording and if you don't want to hear it through the speakers, you can mute the volume control.  You can do this by double clicking on the speaker icon on your task bar
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by:compmania
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When you record with the mic the sound will come out of the speakers. Only way you can change it is to turn the volume down on the speakers or mute them.
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by:dldpilcher
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Mic input should not be going straight out of my speakers. I should be able to talk into my microphone without hearing my own voice immediately coming out of my speakers witout having to turn them off. When I talk online it causes an "echo" effect. Why is my soundcard channeling my mic input directly out my speakers? How do I fix this?
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by:DontPanic
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Where do you expect the sound to go??

I have worked with sound systems for many years, and what you describe is a result of using your sound card as a mixer. (That is how it was designed to work).  Whatever sound is inputted to the sound card, is outputted to the speakers:)

Phones are wired differently so that this does not happen.  

If you make sure that your microphone is not in front of your speekers, then the people receving your call should not have any problems hearing you, however, you will be stuck with hearing yourself.(Echo).

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compmania earned 50 total points
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When you have your mic turned on the sound will come out of your speakers, you will just have to turn the volume down on them.
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by:sanal
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didpilcher,

since you rejected my answer, I have only one good answer with me now.  unplug your speakers from the socket.  

Rightnow there is no way to block the signal to speakers apart from the volume control and mute selection. If you can't do this now, you have to unplug either the mic or speaker as and when you require.

If you see the working of sound card, it can get input from either mic or line-in.  When the input comes into its built in amplifier it amplifies and send to the output.  The output can be a speaker, a headphone, etc.  I don't know whether the output section can understand, from which input the signal has come from.  I believe without modifications of current hardware of sound card, it is not able to write a software to control the way you ask.  Right now the volume control is the best way.  

I know, even if you reject the answer, you will be muting speaker or mic for this to happen

Thank you very much

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by:trekie1
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get a head set,much better for talking and hearing
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