Computer only has line in jack, microphone not picking up noise

Beeboycubed

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I am on a computer with a SoundMax Integrated Digital HD Audio sound card, and it only has an line in jack (no mic jack, which sucks), and it does not pick up noise from my headset microphone at all.
 

rexter

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You can not use line in audio to plug in your piezo / condenser microphone. It has much higher impedance. you need a mic amp before you can connect to audio in port.

It's cheaper to buy sound card with mic input than mic pre-amp.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dmi&field-keywords=piezo%20mic%20preamp

http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-PB100-BEHRINGER-PREAMP-BOOSTER/dp/B000KITQKM/ref=sr_1_22?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1421042081&sr=1-22

VS

http://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-External-Adapter-Windows-AU-MMSA/dp/B00IRVQ0F8/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1421042643&sr=1-1&keywords=sound+card

 

Beeboycubed

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I already did, it is there, and it even responds with the noise you create when you put a jack in, but it doesn't record my microphone. When I do the whole "Listen to this device" on the Sound window, it just replays what my speakers are outputting.


 

rexter

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You can not use line in audio to plug in your piezo / condenser microphone. It has much higher impedance. you need a mic amp before you can connect to audio in port.

It's cheaper to buy sound card with mic input than mic pre-amp.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dmi&field-keywords=piezo%20mic%20preamp

http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-PB100-BEHRINGER-PREAMP-BOOSTER/dp/B000KITQKM/ref=sr_1_22?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1421042081&sr=1-22

VS

http://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-External-Adapter-Windows-AU-MMSA/dp/B00IRVQ0F8/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1421042643&sr=1-1&keywords=sound+card

 

Beeboycubed

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Well that sucks... thanks anyway though
 
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