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Using Sound on Your PC Why Do I Need Sound? Why Do I Need Sound? Sound is an essential element in multimedia computing. But just what is “multimedia computing”, and what can you do with it? With the popular Sound Blaster compatible product in your PC, you can: run training applications that use speech and music use presentation software to create and run promotional or information displays use multimedia applications, such as games and encyclopedias, that use sound...
Using Sound on Your PC Why Do I Need Sound? Furthermore, using the standard audio software on your computer, you can: record speech or music (as “wave files”) and embed these sounds in other programs (this is useful for creating training programs) play music CDs or MIDI files on your computer (MIDI files are a way of storing music, especially music created by keyboard instruments) record, play, and edit pieces of music or sound (stored as wave files)
Running the Audio Programs Running the Audio Programs Your HP Vectra PC has full audio capability. The sound board’s features can be used by any other application that supports standard PC audio capability. For example, you can add computer software for creating your own multimedia business presentations and training programs, building in voice-over, graphics, and audio enhancements.
Starting the Audio 1 Click the Start button on the taskbar. Programs Under 2 Select Programs Windows 95 and You’ll see a selection of audio programs: Windows NT 4.0 CD Player Media Player Sound Recorder Volume Control Starting the Audio 1 Open the Multimedia folder.
Using Sound on Your PC Testing Your Audio Setup Testing Your Audio Setup For Windows NT operating systems and Windows 95, set Mixer bars to mid range before beginning tests. If You Are Running Windows NT 3.51 Your system includes sample wave and MIDI files that you can play to check that your audio system works.
If not all the sounds are offered, you can install them in the Multimedia dialog box as described on page 5 To play the file, click the Play button 6 To adjust the volume of the sound, click the speaker symbol corner of the taskbar (or select Volume Control from the Media Player’s Device menu) and adjust the volume.
Using Sound on Your PC Solving Problems with Sound Solving Problems with Sound No sound when If you can’t hear any sound at all, try playing one of the sample wave or MIDI files on your system, as described in running any hear sound, the problem lies with the application you were running or with the file applications...
Check for the presence of two jumper blocks on the Multimedia Control Panel Connector on the sound board—refer to The PC fails to boot Check that the board is correctly installed in the accessory slot. Turn off the power and reinstall the board. Check that the selected I/O addresses, IRQs, and DMA with the sound board channels do not conflict with those used by other accessories in your PC.
Using Sound on Your PC Solving Problems with Sound WARNING You are reminded that it is highly recommended that you do not connect headphones to the SPK socket. Audio input from the Check that the microphone level is not set low in the volume control program. Check that the microphone specifications meet the requirements of the 16-bit sound board.
Humming noise If the power grounding of your audio components is inadequate, a humming noise may be generated. This may happen if your PC is connected to a hi-fi system. Plug all devices into adjacent power outlets (outlets within 5 cm / 2 inches of each other), or use line filters.
Using Sound on Your PC Connecting Audio Devices to the Rear Panel Connecting Audio Devices to the Rear Panel You can connect external speakers, a microphone, or other audio devices to your computer’s rear panel. Do not connect headphones to the socket on the CD-ROM drive, as this lets you hear output only from music CDs.
You can use the LINE OUT socket with amplified speakers which have a dedicated headphone socket for this purpose. • If your computer has an HP multimedia control panel (situated at the front of the computer), it is recommended that you use this dedicated headphone output.
Using Sound on Your PC Connecting a MIDI Keyboard Connecting a MIDI Keyboard By connecting a keyboard instrument to your computer, and running a sequencer program on your computer to control your musical arrangements, you can create a mini-recording studio.The keyboard instrument you use must have MIDI capability, as most modern instruments do.
Setting Up and Troubleshooting Your keyboard, operating system settings, and sequencer program must all be set up correctly so that you can record and play back music satisfactorily. It’s difficult to give precise instructions here for setting up, as the steps depend on your keyboard and on the music software you are running.
Using Sound on Your PC Connecting a MIDI Keyboard If you have several MIDI instruments, select the particular instrument for playback. (You can first set up each instrument with a distinct name by clicking the Add New Instrument button and following the Wizard’s instructions.) •...
4 In your sequencer program, for each track select an output port, a channel number, and a patch number or name: • The output port defines where the track is to be sent for playback. For example, select FM Synth your keyboard.
Using Sound on Your PC Uninstalled Audio Software Uninstalled Audio Software Your Multimedia program group should already contain all the Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 audio programs (described on missing, you can install them as follows: 1 Click the Start button on the taskbar. 2 Select Settings Control Panel.
Sound Board Connectors The PC’s sound board has several connectors that allow you to internally connect the board to other devices. This figure shows where the connectors are located on the sound board. AUX In Connector Multimedia Control Panel Connector Internal Speaker Connector AUX In Connector...
Multimedia Control Panel Connector The Multimedia Control Panel Connector is a 10-pin connector that allows headphones to be connected and the sound board output volume to be controlled from an external source, such as the audio front panel mounted in some models of computer.
Telephone Answering Device Connector This connector, labeled “TAD”, is used to connect the sound board to the communications board in some models of HP Vectra PC. The user can then conduct a hands-free phone conversation using the PC’s headset. The TAD Connector has the following pin assignments:...
Sound Board Settings The sound board in your HP Vectra PC supports Plug and Play. This means that when the board is installed, or reinstalled, the operating system is able to automatically configure various software settings to enable the computer to communicate with the board: •...
English Control Panel. and click on the Device Manager tab. Sound, video and game controllers . Select this and click Properties. HP Audio Device Use automatic settings Control Panel. and click on the Devices tab. Audio Devices . Select this and click Properties.
If you experience a problem with the ICU program when trying to change the sound board settings, it could be due to the version of your BIOS. Call HP Support for assistance—the most recent version of the BIOS is available on the HP World Wide Web.
Using Sound on Your PC Windows 3.11 and MS-DOS System File Settings Windows 3.11 and MS-DOS System File Settings The following descriptions are valid only if you are running the Windows 3.11 or MS-DOS operating systems on your computer. Environment Variables Your AUTOEXEC.BAT SOUND, BLASTER, and GALAXY.
GALAXY The GALAXY environment variable specifies the configuration of your audio interface. “SET GALAXY” is added in accordance with “SET BLASTER” to provide Environment Variable more choice when playing DOS games using the sound card. The command for setting the GALAXY variable is: SET GALAXY=A220 I5 D1 K5 P530 T6 Note that there is no space before or after the equal sign, but there is a space between two settings.
Using Sound on Your PC Windows 3.11 and MS-DOS System File Settings CD-ROM Drivers The CD-ROM drive supplied with your multimedia sound kit uses two drivers: • MSCDEX.EXE and located in the C:\DOS directory • FDATACD.SYS directory C:\DEV (created during installation). Installation adds this line to the CONFIG.SYS DEVICE=C:\DEV\FDATACD.SYS/D:MSCD0HP Changing the...
Glossary MS-ADPCM Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation, a data compression technique from Microsoft. A-law A method of data compression that enables the sampling of sound at a resolution of 16 bits, but that generates the same quantity of data as an 8-bit sampling rate.
Glossary OLE Object Linking and Embedding. A Windows feature that allows different object types (such as speech clips or notes of music) to appear in a document. The objects can be linked, in which case they remain separate files, or embedded, where they become a part of the document.
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Index Add/Remove Programs ATAPI_CD.SYS, CD-ROM driver audio device, connecting MIDI/GAME socket audio devices, connecting Line In socket Line Out socket Mic socket SPK socket audio programs running – audio setup testing – AUTOEXEC.BAT file, contents AUX In connector (MPEG) Blaster environment variable business uses for multimedia cassette player, connecting CD-ROM drive...
Index IRQ line changing the setting explanation joystick connecting LINE IN socket LINE OUT socket LINE OUT socket, uses for Local Control Off, on synthesizer MIC socket microphone, connecting MIDI defined formats (Basic, Extended, General) MIDI file MIDI instrument connecting connecting keyboard setting up and troubleshooting MIDI instrument troubleshooting...
Index Windows 3.11 Windows 95 Windows NT 3.51 Windows NT 4.0 sequencer program settings settings of sound board changing preferred settings software settings Windows 3.11 Windows 95 Device Manager Windows NT 4.0 sound board internal board connectors Sound environment variable sound, benefits of –...