Audio inputs and playing music in chat rooms
Paltalk is a multimedia chat environment meaning that you can type, talk, hear, send files and video, view SIX (or more) video windows, all at the same time. Paltalk works on both broadband and dialup connections so anyone can share in the fun!
Test' area lets you play a test sound and adjust your output volume
from your WAV device.
In order to play an audio file or MP3
into a chat room you must have a 'full duplex' sound card.
This means your sound card needs to be able to play sounds and
record sounds at the same time. You should also have a
'multi-channel' sound card that is capable of playing more than one
device at a time, including two separate WAV devices simultaneously.
Start playing an audio file or MP3 with your favorite player and 'key up' in the room by pressing the CTRL key on your keyboard, or select 'Lock Microphone' from the 'Actions' menu in the room window. Adjust your 'Mixer' slider on this panel if your audio is too loud or too soft. You should see the little microphone modulation bar bouncing 3/4 of the way up for good quality. You will find the microphone modulation bar to the right of the 'Push to talk' button in the room window.
If your friends could hear the audio and you didn't get any windows errors popping up, you should have no problems playing any kind of audio into Paltalk from any source. If you DID get a windows error or popup window telling you 'audio device is already in use' then you do not have a full duplex sound card and will not be able to play audio files thru Paltalk. You should however be able to play audio from CD's and external sources and TV tuner cards.
note: If you use the 'Mixer' input, you are actually selecting the 'Playback Control panel' as your device! Select the 'Output Mixer Settings' link under the 'Audio Test' tab of the Paltalk setup area in addition to the 'Record Panel'. Anything selected on the 'Volume Control' panel will play thru the 'Mixer' input . You may be able to select multiple devices on the 'Volume Mixer' panel and mix them together. For example you could select BOTH your CD and Microphone inputs and sing along with your CD, perfectly mixed for the room to hear. This is a favorite of people doing karaoke in the music rooms!
If you get feedback or squealing, turn your speakers down or use headphones instead of speakers. The Microphone input is usually 'muted' or not selected on the 'Volume Control' panel to prevent this, but if you wish to mix your voice with another source you don't want to get squealing or 'feedback' while performing.
You can see that this mixer panel has various devices available. Your microphone would be selected by default.
Don't forget to re-select the microphone again when you wish to speak into the chat room!