Whichever USB mic you have bought, and whether you are using it on a laptop or standard PC, the principles of setting it up are the same.
First – the mic. These are plug and play, and so are generally a breeze to set up. We DO NOT recommend installing the SoftPre applet from Samson, it causes more problems than it solves. So many in fact that Samson have posted instructions on how to remove it.
The most common problem we encounter is customers call to say the recording levels are very quiet. This is usually because when you first install the mic, the levels are set to low in the control panel. All you need to do (on XP) is open your control panel, go to Sounds and Audio Devices, click the Audio tab, make sure the Samson mic is selected as the recording device then click the volume button. This link on the Samson site has more details and screenshots. In Vista, setting the level takes a bit more navigating but there is an excellent guide on how to set the level for your USB mic on Vista on the Samson site.
Once you have the mic set up, then the easiest way to start recording is to download and install Audacity– it is totally FREE and so simple to use. You can record and mix multiple tracks, apply effects etc, and the site has lots of tutorials on how to use it.
Most of the USB mics we sell are from Samson, and ship with either Cakewalk Music Creator LE or Sonar LE. This makes them a fantastic value for money purchase, because everything you need to start recording on your pc is included in the box. Tips and advice on how to set up the software are available on the Cakewalk Sonar Site here.
Finally, these FAQs on the Samson site, although written for the C01U, are suitable for all their mics and have advice on how to set them up in other software.
Oh, and our other most frequently asked question. “The thread on the mic does not fit the stand”. Yes it does – but you have to get out a coin and unscrew the inner thread, as it is sized for two standard stand fittings!