How do I use an external USB microphone with mmhmm?

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Note: This article applies to both mmhmm for Mac and mmhmm for Windows.

There are two ways to use your external USB microphone with mmhmm:

  • Configured via your video conferencing platform (Zoom, Meet, etc.)
  • Configured within mmhmm itself.

This article will introduce both methods and when to use one or the other (or both).

Method 1: Configuring via video conferencing platform

This method is for people who are using mmhmm primarily during virtual meetings on Zoom, Meet, Microsoft Teams, or any other conferencing platform. 

  1. Make sure your USB microphone is plugged in. 
  2. Go to your video conferencing tool's settings.
  3. Click the audio or sound tab.
  4. Look for a dropdown to select the input device.
  5. Select your USB microphone.

No additional configuration within the mmhmm software itself is required. However, it makes sense to also follow method 2 if you plan on recording a presentation in the future. 

Method 2: Configuring within mmhmm

This method is for people who are using mmhmm primarily to record presentations or are using the mmhmm Audio sound input to play the audio on their video slides

  1. Make sure your USB microphone is plugged in. 
  2. Click the "Mic" button on the top right-hand side of mmhmm.





  3. Select your USB microphone from the list. In mmhmm for Windows, use the Mic dropdown to see all of the available microphones on your computer. 
  4. If you intend to connect to a video conferencing platform such as Zoom/Meet, open the platform's audio settings and select 'mmhmm Audio' as your input device.
  5. In the microphone selection dropdown, select 'mmhmm Audio' or 'mmhmm Audio (Virtual).'
  6. Do a sound check to test that the platform is picking up your signal. Most platforms have an animated sound wave to indicate that it is picking up sound. 
Note: You will still have to follow method 1 above if you intend to use your external microphone on your video conferencing calls.

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