I believe I have read that some folks have been successfully using their USB based headsets with SmartSDR.
How do I set SmartSDR to use my USB microphone as the tx audio source?
With the open HPSDR software, I could go into the VAC window and directly choose the USB mic without having to use any sort of virtual audio cable application, and port the USB audio right into the SDR software. This worked great to use my USB based mic preamp (Focusrite 2i2).
With the SmartSDR, I have played with the DAX control panel, but it seems like I can only choose playback type devices to "drive" the tx audio of the Flex 6500. However, the USB mic device appears under recording devices in Windows.
So how are the folks using USB headsets getting the mic audio into the SmartSDR program?
It would be nice if there was a way to simply choose the USB mic, or any other audio input (recording devices), from within the DAX control panel.
I haven't tried this myself but you may be able to open the USB mic 'Listen' properties in the audio device manager and check 'listen to this device' and select a DAX TX device as the play back device. You will have to have DAX channel enabled for TX in the DAX control panel and DAX enabled in the phone/CW panel..
If you want cheap and cheerful, buy an SM-58 mic, rig up a footswitch and get a desk mic stand. You will get audio beyond your wildest dreams with a minimum of distortion and latency.
73 de va3mw
I see this is an old thread. A local store has on sale a Blue Jeti USB Desktop "Studio Quality" Mic. Various YouTube Video's show this to be a very good mic. Has anyone used it, or similar? PS my wife wants to buy it as a Christmas present for me, should I tell her to save the $100, and buy me a couple cases of beer?
Thanks Tim, Ken and Larry.
I have good mic's already in use on the 5000 here at my local station, its the remote 6500 that I was looking at using this mic for. Ken I will look at your Youtube clips later tonight. In the meantime it looks like I'm heading out to buy my Christmas present. I will update everyone later (After Christmas?) on my setup results.
Thanks for helping my wife out !!
PS Mic is called YETI, not Jeti as I posted above.
The receive audio is easy. Just make sure the default speakers or listening device is the headset your using. For transmit, I believe you will have to use one of the DAX channels and point it to your microphone. I'm not at home or I could take a look at how I did it. While there is some latency, it still works just fine. I've gotten great audio reports using a wireless headset. Shoot I'm not running an FM broadcast station here, this is ham radio, right?
Sometimes its nice to have wireless headset and not be tethered to the desk. Other times, its nice to use the PR40 plugged directly into the BAL connector. I love wireless headsets for copying CW or when it is late at night and I don't want to disturb anyone.
Hook it up and have fun!