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We’ve all been there: “Is this on??” “Can you hear me?” “Is this thing working?!?” Online audio is anything but predictable. But, this online mic test aims to bring back the certainty when you jump on your next online call, podcast interview or webinar. Ask, “How do I test my Microphone?” no longer! It’s all right here.
Use our tool below to record a microphone test, then listen back to make sure you’re sounding your best self! Afterwards, look below to find dozens of tips on improving your audio, editing your audio or buying the best microphone for your budget. You might even want to upload your audio and publish it as a podcast – here are the best podcast hosting platforms where you can do just that.
Anyway, let’s get to the microphone test!
Online Mic Test Tool 👇
Here’s how our online mic test works:
- Click the ‘request microphone access’ button
- Click ‘allow’ on the popup that appears.
- Click ‘Record’ to start recording your mic.
- If your mic is working, you’ll see a moving sound wave as you speak
- Click ‘Stop’ to finish your recording test
- Click the play button to listen back and review your sound quality.
- If your sound quality isn’t as good as you’d hoped, look at Upgrading your Equipment.
Our Online Mic Test guide was originally written in 2019. We update this post periodically to reflect changes in technology, our recommendations, and because we’re always learning new things!
Now that you’ve done your online mic test, we’ve got a few more things for you. First, if it didn’t work, then have a look at the troubleshooting section below. If it did work, then check out how to improve your audio. And finally, once you’re all tested and top quality, take a look at our resources on doing better recordings and editing your audio in the best way possible.
How to Improve your Recordings, from Audio Quality to Content
It doesn’t matter what you’re using that microphone for, from online meetings to top-notch narrative podcasts, there are always ways you can improve how your voice comes across online. Here are some tips.
Upgrading your Equipment
- Find the best microphone for top audio quality
- Microphone boom arms can make recording much easier
Planning and Recording
- Best apps for recording an online call
- Planning for audio recording
- How to record a call with Zoom.us
- Mic technique for podcasters
- How to eliminate reverb in any room
Cleaning up & Editing Your Recordings
- How to edit a podcast (applies to all audio editing)
- Alitu, an app for audio cleanup & editing
And, working with a mic but not using it to run a podcast yet? Crazy 😆 Learn how to start a podcast right here.
Testing a Mic on Windows 10
Most of the questions we get about testing a microphone are related to the computer (or mobile device!) you’re recording on, in which case an online mic test is no good! So let’s look at how to test a mic on Windows 10, first, since it seems to be the most common. Having that elusive ‘browser error’ or worse yet, the ‘microphone access error’ popup before a high profile meeting can be… stress-inducing to say the least
First job is to make sure the right microphone is selected. Quite often, if your mic isn’t working, you’ll find you just haven’t got the right device set as the default.
On Windows 10, find the audio icon on the bottom right (looks helpfully like a speaker!) and right-click it. Then, click, ‘Open Sound Settings’.
Next, look down to the ‘Input’ section of the settings page. This is the easiest place to do a mic test on windows 10. Ensure the right mic is selected in the dropdown. Start speaking into the mic, and watch the blue volume bar. This flickers up and down as you speak, showing that the computer’s detecting an input just fine. If you see that blue bar jumping left and right in time with your voice, then great! You’ve tested your mic, and it’s detecting sound just fine. The only issue you have now is, is it the right microphone…?
The trouble is, the mic test can pick up your voice, but it might well be working from your internal laptop microphone rather than your shiny new USB mic, for example. To make sure you’re using the right mic, look carefully at the ‘input device’ dropdown. Most USB mics make things easy by including USB in the name, or being quite obvious about the brand name.
If it’s just not obvious enough, and you’re still a bit unsure, then you might have to go through each of them, one by one, until you see the blue bar moving. And then, just to make sure it’s the right mic, you’ll want to do a recording and listen back. During that sound recording, tap gently on your USB mic. Then, when listening back, if you can hear that tap nice and loud, you’ve got the right one selected!
How to Change your Microphone Browser Settings
The most common problem when recording in your browser is the infamous ‘allow’ popup. This is so easily missed, and when you do, your microphone won’t record, no matter what.
Here’s what you’ll see:
Note the popup, right below the website address. It’s attached to the security padlock icon. This is what happens when a website asks for permission to record from your mic. If you click ‘Allow’ then all should be well. You can then select which microphone to use.
But, what if you click Block Microphone by accident, or you want to check you’ve given permission to your software or online tool?
Then, you can click the video camera icon on the other end, to edit, check or test your microphone settings:
Clicking the camera icon brings up the following popup. Here, select ‘Always allow’ and that will give the current website permission to record. Remember, this is just your setting for the current website, so you’re still safe on other sites. And, if you want to give other sites permission to record, you still have to allow it, either with the first ‘Allow’ popup or by clicking the settings icon above.
So, make sure this setting is correct, and then try another mic test to check your mic is working.
How to Test a Microphone on Discord
Here’s one for the growing world of Discord users. Discord is a great tool, akin to Slack, for chatting online. But, how do you test your microphone in Discord, since an online mic test won’t cut it here? Quite easily, it turns out!
Find your username and avatar on the bottom left, and then click the audio settings icon. It looks like a cog, next to the mic and headphones icon.
Next, make sure you have the right microphone selected on the “input device” setting. Finally, use the handy discord mic test itself to make sure all’s working well. Look for the “Mic Test” header, and click the “Let’s Check” button. You’ll hear discord testing your mic by playing it back to you, and showing a volume indicator on the bar to the right. You can adjust the controls on both the input and output functions in order to achieve optimal volume level for your setup.
This is great because you can check the quality at the same time, through the playback. Mic tested!
Summary: Online Mic Test
I hope that’s given you everything you need to know to go ahead and run a mic test whenever you need it. Looking for more?
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