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How do I set up my headset for Rosetta Stone Language Learning?

Headset Selection and Configuration

Rosetta Stone® speech-recognition technology is a key element of our language-learning solution. In order to utilize this feature, you'll need a device equipped with a microphone: either a USB headset or a headset with microphone that has a 3.5mm jack.  First, click here to make sure you headset will work with Rosetta Stone Language Learning. Click the links below to learn more about selecting and configuring your headset.

Setting up your headset

Configuring your headset from the control panel:

Mac OSX
Windows 8 and Windows 10
Windows Vista and Windows 7
Windows XP
 
Setting up your headset


1. Select the correct microphone from the "Microphone Selection" screen. Your device may be listed as C-Media USB Audio Device, USB VoIP Device if it's a USB Headset. If you have a Headset with a 3.5mm jack, just choose your sound card.

Note: If you don't see the name of your device in the hardware list, click the "Refresh List" button. If you still do not see the correct device, you may need to reboot your system with the headset attached in order to see the device.
 

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2. Click "Continue" once your USB headset or sound card is selected.

3. Speak into the microphone in a normal tone. Say "1, 2, 3, 4, 5." If your setup wasn't successful, click "Repeat Setup" and try again.

4. Click "Continue" to start your Course, once your microphone is setup properly.

The screen shot below displays the microphone setup screen.
 

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Configuring Your Microphone in Mac OS X


For best results, use a USB device: either a USB headset or USB earbuds equipped with a microphone.

1. Plug your device into an available USB Port.

2. Click the Apple icon on the upper-left corner the screen.

3. Select "System Preferences".

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4. Click on the Sound icon (located on the far right of the Hardware row).

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5. Click the "Output" tab.

6. Select your USB headset as the output device. It may be listed as C-Media USB Audio Device, USB VoIP Device, or other USB device.

7. Adjust the Output volume to 30%.

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8. Click on the Input tab and select your USB device as the input device. The device will have the same name as the one you selected in the output tab.

9. Adjust the input volume to 50%.

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10. Close the Sound window.

 

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Configuring Your Headset from the Windows 8 or 10 Control Panel

1. Plug your headset into an available USB-Port or compatible 3.5mm port.

2. Click the Windows Key User-added image on your keyboard, and start typing Control Panel and press Enter.

3. If you're viewing the Control Panel by Category, click "Hardware and Sound" and then Sound. If you're viewing by Large or Small icons, click "Sound".

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4. On the Playback tab, highlight your device by clicking on it. Your device may be listed as C-Media USB Audio Device, USB VoIP Device if it's a USB Headset. If you have a Headset with a 3.5mm jack, just choose your sound card.

5. Click the "Set Default" button. If there's a green checkmark next to your preferred device, it's already set as the Default Device.

6. Click the "Properties" button.

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7. Click the "Levels" tab.

8. Adjust the Speakers to 30.

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9. Click "OK".

10. Click the "Recording" tab.

11. Highlight your device by clicking on it. It should have the same name as the device that you selected in the Playback tab.

12. Click the "Set Default" button. If there's a green checkmark next to your preferred device, it's already set as the Default Device.

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13. Click "OK".

 

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Configuring Your Headset from the Windows Vista and Windows 7 Control Panel

1. Plug your headset into an available USB-Port or compatible 3.5mm port.

2. Open the Start menu.

3. Click on the Control Panel.

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4. If you're viewing the Control Panel by Category, click "Hardware and Sound" and then Sound. If you're viewing by Large or Small icons, click "Sound".

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5. On the Playback tab, highlight your device by clicking on it. Your device may be listed as C-Media USB Audio Device, USB VoIP Device if it's a USB Headset. If you have a Headset with a 3.5mm jack, just choose your sound card.

6. Click the "Set Default" button. If there's a green checkmark next to your preferred device, it's already set as the Default Device.

7. Click the "Properties" button.

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8. Click the Levels tab.

9. Adjust the Speakers to 30.

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10. Click "OK".

11. Click the Recording tab.

12. Highlight your device by clicking on it. It should have the same name as the device that you selected in the Playback tab.

13. Click the "Set Default" button. If there's a green checkmark next to your preferred device, it's already set as the Default Device.

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14. Click "OK".

 

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Configuring Your Headset from the Windows XP Control Panel


For best results, use a USB device: either a USB headset or USB earbuds equipped with a microphone.

1. Plug your headset into an available USB-Port.

2. Open the Start Menu.

3. Click the Control Panel icon.

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4. Double-click "Sounds and Audio Devices."If you do not see the Sounds and Audio Devices icon, click "Switch to Classic View" on the upper-left of your screen.

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5. Click the "Audio Tab" (see Figure 1).

6. Use the drop-down menu under the Sound playback heading to select your device (see Figure 1). Your device may be listed as C-Media USB Audio Device, USB VoIP Device or Other USB Device.

7. Use the drop-down menu under the Sound recording heading to select your device (see Figure 1). It should have the same name as the device that you selected in the previous step.

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Figure 1. Sound and Audio Device Properties

8. Select "Use only default devices" to default your settings to the USB device.

9. Adjust the volume for Sound Playback to approximately 75%.

10. Click "OK" to save the changes.

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