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What Is a Mic Test?

A mic test, also known as a microphone test, is an online tool used to check whether a microphone is working correctly. It is a web-based tool that does not need you to install anything, and can simply check your microphone condition in a few easy steps.

Mic test is useful for troubleshooting problems with a microphone, such as if it is not being recognized by the computer or if it is producing low-quality sound. It can also be used to test the functionality of specific microphone settings, such as the gain or the noise reduction.

Users would need to click on “Start Test'' to begin the test and when prompted, you have to allow the website to access your microphone. Only then can the test be conducted successfully.

How To Use a Mic Test?

Testing your mic has not been this easy! You get in-depth information about your mic status in less than a few seconds. The following steps will help you with how to use a mic test:

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Launch Mic Tester

To proceed, go to our Device Checker website and navigate to the ‘Mic Test’ page. Give a few seconds until the device is detected, and click on the 'Test my mic' button. This will help you get along with the procedure.

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Allow Access

To start the mic testing, you need to allow audio access to browser-based tools. The window appears at the browser top when you visit the website.

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Verify Your Mic Is Working

After this, all you have to do is to wait for a few seconds, and the mic test will show the details you have been looking for, including the sample size, latency, sample rate, noise suppression, audio gain control, and echo canceling.

How Does a Mic Test Help You?

There are various reasons why you would want to check your microphone. Refer to the following points for some examples:

  • The mic test helps you with multiple issues. First of all, when we purchase a new mic, the first thing we might want to do is to check the mic and sound quality. During any device purchase, we often ignore the critical aspects and technical requirements, which you can cover with the mic test. If you are unsatisfied with the sound quality, you can always return the product.
  • Furthermore, you can also verify if your headset/headphone mic is enabled with the test. By just following some easy steps, you can see if the headphone you are using has their mic enabled.
  • Sometimes, it gets a little tough to determine the specifications of the webcam you are using, especially its mic. So, this mic test can also help you determine if your webcam has an inbuilt mic.
  • If you do not like to get embarrassed in front of the upper management in your office, then this mic test will assist you in knowing if your mic is working correctly before an important meeting.
  • You can use the mic test to check your PC's or laptop's microphone. Sometimes, due to technical issues, your mic functionality is disrupted. So, before contacting a technician, you can always test for possible issues with your microphone using this mic test tool.
  • And finally, if you are a technical noob and do not understand the specifications of a particular device or tool, then with this mic test, you won't need to find the technical status of your headset/headphone microphone manually. Just in easy steps, you have even the tiniest details of your mic in front of you.

Features

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Privacy Protected

There is guaranteed protection of your private data. Even before testing the equipment, when the app takes access to your data, it does not put your personal information at any risk. Furthermore, the tool assures 100% protection of your confidential data. And during the mic testing, nothing is recorded or uploaded.

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Record & Playback Audio

Besides the live mic testing, these tools also allow you to record and playback any voice clip. You can also use the tool to record and playback audio, which is an excellent source from just a mic testing tool!

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Easy To Use

This tool is pretty straightforward to use! You do not need any tech knowledge to use, or you won't even have to go through the hassle of signing up or logging in. Just 1-Click to run the test and get results in seconds.

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Always Free

There are no hidden charges or ads while using this tool. This tool is 100% free to use and always will be!

Why is My Microphone Not Working?

While using Windows or Mac, microphone issues are prevalent. If you come across such cases, then do not worry. This section will walk you through various reasons why your mic is not working correctly and their fixes.

Check Microphone Connection

If your microphone is not working, there may be a possibility that it is not connected or configured correctly. With the following solutions, get to know if others can hear you properly:

  • For Analog Microphone: A microphone must be connected to the Pink audio port.
  • For Digital Microphone: Most of the time, USB ports produce power to operate the plugged-in devices. Occasionally, particular USB ports lack the ability necessary to drive the attached item adequately. Verify that the cable is securely positioned and connected.

Microphone Cable Is Damaged

Sometimes, your microphone cable is damaged, and you think the software is to blame. The best way to check whether or not your microphone is damaged is by connecting it to another device. For instance, you can plug the mic cable into your phone and see if it works properly. If not, you might consider replacing it with a new one.

Enable Microphone From Settings

Another reason your microphone is not working is that your computer might not use the right microphone. Your computer setup might have multiple input or recording devices connected simultaneously.

The following steps will help you enable the microphone from settings in Windows:

  1. Right-click on the Sound Settings icon in the lower-right of the Windows menu.
  2. Select Recording Devices by scrolling up.
  3. Then select Recording.
  4. Right-click on your device if it is listed.
  5. Select Enable.

When using Mac, the following setting helps you enable your microphone:

  1. Select Apple menu > System Preferences, Security & Privacy, and Privacy on your Mac.
  2. Opt for Microphone.
  3. Then select Recording.
  4. An app can access the microphone by selecting the appropriate checkbox.
  5. To stop granting access to that app, deselect the checkbox.

Mic Used By Other Apps

Sometimes, your mic is used by other Windows apps, which interrupts your particular mic volume. To see which apps are using your microphone, refer to the following steps:

  1. When an application uses your microphone, you can see the microphone gear in the bottom menu, also known as System Tray.
  2. Take the cursor over the icon, and the system will tell you which app is currently using your microphone.
  3. If multiple apps use your microphone, the system will tell the list of all the apps using your microphone.
  4. Click the icon to find out which of various programs is using your microphone. You will be taken to the Settings > Privacy > Microphone window.
  5. You can then choose to disable all other apps while allowing access to the app that uses your microphone.

Allow Access From Browser

If the browser's microphone settings are incorrect when using an app, it can lead to mic and speaker issues. Refer to the following steps to allow microphone access from Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome Browser.
  2. Click on the three dots in the top right corner, and click on the Settings option.
  3. Look for ‘Privacy and Security’ on the left side of your screen and then a new window pops up. tap on ‘Site Settings.’
  4. Now select your system’s default microphone.
  5. To access the microphone, activate the ‘Sites can ask to use your microphone’ option.

Note: When using Chrome from the PC your company or school provided, you cannot change the Chrome settings.

Mic Is Broken

Sometimes, your mic might be broken and you blame it on the system. The issue could be internal or external. To confirm if your mic is working correctly, you can check it with other devices. If you think your mic is broken, you can give try the following solutions before replacing it with a new one:

  • Ensure that the headset or microphone is appropriately connected to your computer.
  • Check to see if the microphone is placed correctly.

Update Driver

Generally, your laptop or motherboard manufacturer has a suitable audio driver available on the official website. To get rid of the audio issues, you must visit the official website, download the driver and install it by following the steps as prompted, and restart your computer.

If even the new audio driver does not work due to some technical glitches, follow these steps to update the driver from Windows:

  1. Disconnect all the other devices except your microphone and headset.
  2. Select Device Manager by right-clicking on your Start button or pressing the Windows key + X.
  3. To update the driver, right-click on the High Definition Audio Device after expanding Sound, Video, and Game Controllers.
  4. This will help you update your driver automatically.

After this, reboot your computer and check if your mic is working properly.

Properties of Microphones You Should Know

When using a microphone, you must be aware of the following properties:

Latency

Any delay between the time a sound wave enters a system and the time it exits that system is referred to as audio latency. Furthermore, the digital audio latency could be due to digital signal processing and buffering.

Sample Size

The sample size determines a digitized sound's maximum dynamic range. The dynamic range of a signal is the ratio of its highest and lowest non-zero amplitudes, typically given in decibels. (dB.) Usually, 44.1 kHz is considered to be a good sample size.

Noise Suppression

Noise suppression is also known as noise cancellation, and with this specification, irrelevant background noises or electrical disturbances are eliminated. Furthermore, frequency modulation occurs anytime the signal carrier level is higher than the noise level.

Auto Gain Control

Automatic gain control (AGC) enables a microphone's signal to dynamically adapt to account for differences in talker loudness or movements concerning the microphone. When recording for quality purposes, you should turn off the AGC and adjust the environment accordingly for a crystal clear sound.

Echo Canceling

The echo cancellation circuitry compares the sound coming into the microphone with the sound coming out the other end after analyzing it. The sound coming from the far end is therefore canceled out because it is unnecessary and always the consequence of an echo.

Mic Sample Rate

The sample rate in digital recording systems determines the analog signal from a microphone sampled each second. 48 kHz is the standard sample rate. You can use these straightforward methods to reset the Sample Rate to the same norms if necessary.

FAQs

To check if your computer has a built-in microphone, go to the Windows search, hit the Windows key, type "Control Panel," and then press Enter. When in the control panel, click on Hardware & Sound.

Then again, select Hardware & Sound given on the left side, followed by Manage audio devices. Select the Recording tab at the top of the window to start recording. It is indicated in the middle area whether you have an internal or external microphone.

You can use our mic test tool to check the quality of your microphone. Click the "Test my mic" button when your multimedia devices have all been detected. We suggest you use this tool as it gives you results in seconds! The quality testing procedure is incredibly straightforward.

While testing your mic, if the mic button does not appear or you do not receive any notifications, that means there's an error in your browser. If the microphone test fails, restart your browser and try again.