Alesis AM3 User Manual

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QUICKSTART GUIDE

ENGLISH ( 1 – 6 )

GUÍA DE INICIO RÁPIDO

ESPAÑOL ( 7 – 12 )

GUIDE D’UTILISATION RAPIDE

FRANÇAIS ( 13 – 18 )

KURZANLEITUNG

DEUTSCH ( 19 – 24 )

GUIDA RAPIDA

ITALIANO ( 25 – 30 )

BOX CONTENTS

AM3 Stereo Microphone

USB Cable (3m)

Mic clip

Carrying case

Quickstart Guide

Safety Instructions & Warranty Information Booklet

CONNECTING THE MICROPHONE

The USB microphone is a Plug and Play device, which means that there are no drivers to install. The first time you plug the microphone into your computer, it will automatically install all the necessary driver components and will be ready to use immediately.

GENERAL SOFTWARE NOTES

Your USB microphone is compatible with any recording software that supports USB Audio devices.

Audacity software is distributed under the General Public License (GPL). More information as well as open source code can be found on the web at http://audacity.sourceforge.net.

Audacity works on both Windows (98 and greater) as well as Mac OS X (10.4 and greater). Software for Linux can be found on the Audacity website.

Go to http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/ for additional tutorials.

The website also has information for separate add-onsto Audacity to enhance performance and features.

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CONFIGURING WINDOWS XP TO WORK WITH THE USB MICROPHONE

1.With no programs or windows open, click on

Start Settings Control Panel.

2.In the Control Panel, double-clickonSounds and Audio Devices.

3.Click on the Audio tab. Select “USB Audio Codec” as your default Sound Recording Device.

4.If you want to monitor your audio through your computer, select your computer’s soundcard as the default Sound Playback Device.

5.If active, press the Apply button and then pressOK. If theApply button is not active, simply pressOK.

6.Close the Sounds and Audio Devices Propertieswindow.

7.Ensure your headphones or speakers are plugged into your computer’s soundcard’s output to monitor your recordings and edits.

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CONFIGURING WINDOWS VISTA TO WORK WITH THE USB MICROPHONE

Note: Before using the microphone with Windows Vista, please download and install the ASIO4ALL driver. This will allow you to record in stereo. Installing this driver is quick and easy:

1.Go to www.asio4all.com.

2.Click on the latest ASIO4ALL driver to download it.

3.Once you have downloaded the file, locate and double-clickit to begin the installation.

4.Follow the on-screeninstructions to install the driver.

1.With no programs or windows open, click

on Start Settings Control Panel.

2.In the window that opens, find and double-clicktheSound control panel. (If you don’t see a choice called “Sound”, choose theSwitch to Classic View option in the panel on the left of the window, and theSound Control Panel should become available on the right.)

3.Select the Recording tab at the top of the Sound Control Panel.

4.Under the Recording tab, choose

Microphone - USB Audio Codec as the default device. The USB Audio Codec represents your microphone.

5.Click on Properties and under theAdvanced tab, select “2 Channel” to record in stereo. (We recommend “44100Hz – CD Quality”.)

6.Click on the Set Default button to confirm your choice.

7.Click Apply if possible, then clickOK to close the Control Panel.

8.Make sure that your computer’s speakers (if not built-in)are plugged into your computer’s audio output and turned on so you can hear your recording. If your

computer has a headphone output, you can use headphones in-placeof speakers.

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CONFIGURING MAC OS X TO WORK WITH THE USB MICROPHONE

1.With no programs or windows open, open your System Preferences.

2.In the window that opens, find and click the Sound control panel.

3.Select the Input tab at the top of the Sound Control Panel.

4.Under the Input tab, chooseUSB Audio CODEC as the default device. The USB Audio CODEC represents your microphone.

5.Close the Control Panel.

6.Make sure that your computer’s speakers (if not built-in)are plugged into your computer’s audio output and turned on so you can hear your recording. If your computer has a headphone output, you can use headphones in place of speakers.

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PODCASTS

Alesis includes a free 30-dayhosting of your podcast throughcyberears.com. Once you have finished recording and saving your session as an mp3, you will need to upload it to our custom Alesis website which will host and promote your podcast to major podcast syndication websites.

ACTIVATING YOUR ACCOUNT:

1.Go to the Alesis Podcasting Center at www.alesispodcast.com – this is the custom website that has been created to help you promote your podcasts.

2.Click on Register to create a user account. The registration process will provide you with a secured login ID & password so that you can manage your audio files that have been uploaded.

3.You will be prompted to fill out some information about yourself. Enter this information and then type in a Login ID and password that you would like to use with this account. Then click on Save & Next.

4.An e-mailfromservice@cyberears.com will be sent to the address that you provide with thesign-upinformation. You will need to open youre-mailand unlock the account you just created. Just simply click on the link that is included in thee-mail.

5.Now you are ready to upload your podcasts!

Tip: Once you are logged in, you may wish to go through the available tutorials on Podcasting. These tutorials explain how to use the site in depth and how to get the most out of your podcast experience. Click on “Tutorials.”

UPLOADING:

1.Once you have activated your account by clicking on the link provided in the e-mailthat you received, go towww.cyberears.com and log in using your Login ID and password that you created.

2.After you have successfully logged into Cyberears, you will be taken to the My Audio section. This is where you will upload and manage your podcasts. In addition other functions are provided to assist you with managing the download statistics on your Podcasts, etc.

3.Then click on Upload to upload your audio files.

4.You will be asked “What type of audio is it?” – since you will be uploading an audio file that is part of a Podcast, choose Podcast. Otherwise you might wish to select another option. Then clickNext.

5.Click Create to create a new podcast.

Tip: Your audio files are not Podcasts. They are episodes of a Podcast, so if you haven’t created a Podcast yet, you can’t upload the audio files until you do this. By clickingCreate, you are creating a record of the Podcast with all the necessary information needed to register it with the search engines. Once its created, you then simply attach your audio file to the Podcast. Since a Podcast typically has many episodes, subsequent new audio files you create can easily be uploaded and associated with the Podcast.

6.You will be asked to fill out information including the title, author, description and category information of your podcast. You can optionally also upload a photo image of the host, or some graphic about your Podcast. This image will be included in search registries for your Podcast. Fill out this information and then click Save & Next.

7.On the next page you will be given information to allow you to directly promote your Podcast. Also, you can choose to have Cyberears.com register your Podcast with numerous Podcast registries. Choose the registries that you would like your Podcast automatically submitted to and once you are done, click on Save & Next.

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Note: Registries are databases which hold information about where the podcast is located on the web, descriptions, and so on. Registries work much in the same way as an Internet search engine (e.g., Google.com). They don’t contain the audio files – they just register your Podcasts so that others can find you. These registries are checked by programs called aggregators (such as iTunes), which update their podcast listings and make them available to the program’s listeners. Any podcast that a listener is interested in can be ‘subscribed’ to which then tells the aggregator to check for new episodes of the Podcast periodically. Usually the aggregator programs check registries about once every hour or so.

8.Now you can choose the file that you would like to upload. Click on File | Select file(s) on the applet on the screen.

9.Find the mp3 that you recorded with Audacity and click Open.

10.The last step is to describe your episode. Type in the filename and a description and click on Save & End.

Tip: MP3 files have embedded information in them (called ID3 tags) that describe the audio file created. This includes information such as Artist, Track Name, Album, etc. This information is automatically updated for you by Cyberears.com so that any person downloading the audio file will get the information ‘tagged’ on it that is consistent with the Podcast information you have submitted.

11.And you are all done! You have successfully published your podcast. Now listeners around the world can check out your podcast and subscribe to it if they wish.

Tip: Make sure that your podcast was properly uploaded and registered by using an aggregator program such as iTunes to find your podcast. Remember, however, that some aggregators might not be checking certain registries. This is why it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the different podcast registries and aggregators on the Internet in order for your podcasts to reach the largest audience possible. Also keep in mind that registries take some time to update their listings of new Podcasts. It’s not uncommon for registries such as iTunes to take weeks to add your Podcast to their listing. Typically you will be sent ane-mailletting you know that they are reviewing your Podcast to see if it is acceptable to them before they add it. Each registry has their own operational procedures for this, and they change regularly. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with their individual policies so that you know when to expect to see your show appear on their listings.

Tip: Cyberears.com have bundled a free 30 day account with your Alesis Podcasting Kit. At the end of this 30 day period, you will receive notifications from Cyberears.com to allow you to purchase a subscription account directly with them and extend your hosting while the subscription is active. There are different levels of service subscriptions available. Check withwww.cyberears.com for more information on your subscription options.

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CONTENIDO DE LA CAJA

AM3 micrófono estéreo

Cable USB (3m)

Presilla del micrófono

Caso

Guía de inicio rápido

Folleto de información sobre la seguridad y la garantía

CÓMO CONECTAR EL MICRÓFONO

El micrófono USB es un dispositivo Plug and Play, lo que significa que no es necesario instalar drivers. La primera vez que enchufe el micrófono en su computadora, se instalarán automáticamente todos los componentes de drivers necesario y estará listo para usar inmediatamente.

NOTAS GENERALES SOBRE EL SOFTWARE

Su micrófono USB es compatible con cualquier software de grabación que soporte dispositivos de audio USB.

Audacity es distribuido bajo General Public License (Licencia pública general, GPL). Puede encontrar más información, así como el código fuente abierto, en la web en http://audacity.sourceforge.net.

Audacity funciona tanto en Windows (98 y superiores) como en Mac OS (X y 9.2+). El software para Linux se puede encontrar en el sitio web de Audacity.

Visite http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/ para obtener tutoriales adicionales.

El sitio web tiene también información de agregados (“add-ons”)de Audacity para mejorar su funcionamiento y características.

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CÓMO CONFIGURAR WINDOWS XP PARA FUNCIONAR CON EL MICRÓFONO USB

1.Sin programas o ventanas abiertas, haga clic en

Start Settings Control Panel (Inicio

Configuración Panel de control).

2.En el panel de control, haga doble clic en

Sounds and Audio Devices (Dispositivos de sonido y audio).

3.Haga clic en la pestaña Audio. Seleccione “USB Audio Codec” (Códec de audio USB) como dispositivo de grabación de sonido por defecto.

4.Si desea monitorear su audio a través de su computadora, seleccione la tarjeta de sonido de la misma como dispositivo de reproducción por defecto.

5.Si está activo, pulse el botón Apply (Aplicar) y luegoOK (Aceptar). Si el botónApply no está activo, pulse simplementeOK.

6.Cierre la ventana Sounds and Audio Device Properties(Propiedades de los dispositivos de sonido y audio).

7.Asegúrese de que los auriculares o altavoces estén enchufados a la salida de la tarjeta de sonido de la computadora para monitorear las grabaciones y ediciones.

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