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What Am I Doing Wrong?

If you’ve followed the steps in the Quickstart Guide and the Configuration Guide and Voice Thing! still isn’t behaving, refer to the following FAQ for solutions to the most common problems:

Common Questions

I can hear my voice changing, but when I talk to others they say they hear my normal voice, without any voice changes. What’s happening?

I don’t hear the output of Voice Thing! at all. What’s happening?

My application is not listed in the Configuration Guide and I can’t get Voice Thing! to work with it.

How can I use Voice Thing! with my games to process my voice to talk to other players?

I hear “feedback” or my voice sounds delayed or like there are multiple copies of my voice when there shouldn’t be.

I hear my unprocessed voice along with the processed voice (and I don’t want to).

I want to hear what I sound like. How do I record my voice using Voice Thing?

I’m using a Bluetooth headset and I can’t get Voice Thing! to work.

Solutions

Problem:

I can hear my voice changing, but when I talk to others they say they hear my normal voice, without any voice changes. What’s happening?

Solution:

When Voice Thing! was installed, it was set to be the default audio capture device. If that setting is changed, applications such as Skype, AIM, Yahoo Messenger, etc. will no longer have Voice Thing! chosen as the audio capture device.

You can choose to go into those applications’ Preferences/Options setting and select the Voice Thing! driver as the default recording device, or you can reset Voice Thing! as the the overall system default by going to:

Start–Settings–Control Panel –Sounds and Audio Device Properties– Audio Tab

Under Sound Recording, choose Voice Thing!. Apply changes and click OK, and the next time you start Skype, AIM, or other applications, Voice Thing! will be enabled by default.

Problem:

I don’t hear the output of Voice Thing! at all. What’s happening?

Solution:

You need to choose Voice Thing! in the Sound Control Panel as the default recording device. Go to the Volume Control Panel, which is located in two places: either as a tiny speaker icon in the right corner of the task-bar or in Start –> Settings–> Control Panel –> Sounds and Audio Device Properties–> Device Volume, Advanced. Select Voice Thing! as the default recording device.

Problem:

My application is not listed in the Configuration Guide and I can’t get Voice Thing! to work with it.

Solution:

Any software application which allows for audio input from a microphone should run Voice Thing! without a problem. If you’re having trouble, try the following:

• Launch Voice Thing! before launching your software application.

• Ensure that Voice Thing! has been set as your default recording device.

• Your application will almost certainly provide Sound or Audio options (in a menu or control panel) which allow you to select between different audio input devices. Under “Input” or “Microphone” make sure Voice Thing! or “default recording device” is selected (both will work, as long as Voice Thing! has been set as the default recording device – if in doubt, select “Voice Thing!”).

Problem:

How can I use Voice Thing! with my games to process my voice to talk to other players?

Solution:

Launch Voice Thing! before launching your game. If you can hear Voice Thing! processing your voice in Windows, it will process the same way in the game.

Problem:

I hear “feedback” or my voice sounds delayed or like there are multiple copies of my voice when there shouldn’t be.

Solution:

If you have speakers close to your microphone, this will create “feedback” which is caused by the output of the speakers playing back into your microphone. Use headphones to completely eliminate this problem or try turning the volume of your speakers down to a level that doesn’t cause feedback.

Problem:

I hear my unprocessed voice along with the processed voice (and I don’t want to).

Solution:

Go to the Volume Control Panel, which is located in two places: either as a tiny speaker icon in the right corner of the task-bar or in Start–> Settings–> Control Panel –> Sounds–> Advanced (under the Device Volume section). Check the Mute box under Microphone — this will mute the unprocessed original.

Problem:

I want to hear what I sound like. How do I record my voice using Voice Thing?

Solution:

Many applications that accept voice input provide built-in recording capabilities. However, if yours doesn’t, fear not. Windows comes with a free audio recorder application called Sound Recorder. You’ll find it in Start –> Programs –> Accessories –> Entertainment.

Problem:

I’m using a Bluetooth headset and I can’t get Voice Thing! to work.

Solution:

When using Voice Thing! with a Bluetooth input device, you must select “Bluetooth Device” (or words to that effect) in Voice Thing”s Input popup menu.