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Were both the problem microphones USB connected?
Because it works through your audio hardware, sometimes Premiere Elements has problems with USB connected microphones.
If you're having problems with a microphone connected through your audio card, it may be as simple as making sure your audio settings are properly configured. In addition to the ASIO settings, double-click on the speaker icon on your Windows task bar and make sure your microphone input is not muted and the level is set high.
First set that wouldn't work was connected to speaker and microphone ports (not USB). No audio card - sound chip on the motherboard.
Needed to finish the video of my grandaughter paying volleyball to take to Houston tomorrow - so just settled for text rather than narratives right now. Next opportunity will be Sunday. Will double check Windows input & volumne then. Will post results then - thanks!
If you're connected through the sound card, you can nearly always get the microphone working by adjusting the ASIO and Windows audio, as I suggested above.
If not, there are a couple of alternate methods of recording narration, as detailed in my Premiere Elements 7 book. You won't be able to watch the video as you're narrating it, but you'll usually get much better audio quality than you will with most computer mikes:
1) Record to Windows Audio Recorder, Audacity or other audio editing program. You can then save the file as a WAV and import it into Premiere Elements.
2) Record into your camcorder and then capture from your camcorder as Audio Only.
I am having the same problem.
It doesn't matter what mic i use i still get the same error message.
Did you change your ASIO settings, as posted above?
if you are talking about the windows settings for the sounds then the answer is "yes"
Beyond that I do not see any suggestions for the ASIO.
Mine are set at 2048 0 1 16 yes
Ihave no clue what to change.
The ASIO settings for Premiere Elements are under Edit/Preferences/Audio Hardware, then click the ASIO button.
Right. Got that. But what do I set them to?
The correct setting of course.
And only you can know that, since I can't see your computer or where you've plugged your microphone in. (BTW, USB microphones won't work with the program.)
When working with Audio in most NLE's, i.e. Premiere Elements, or Pro, there are basically three areas that can affect how the Audio is handled on one's system. First, there is the Sound settings in Windows (from Control Panel). Next, the Audio card/chip probably/possibly has a console to make settings at the card/chip level. Last, and these are really two locations, but I'm only counting them as one since they are both in the NLE - Edit>Preferences>Audio & Audio Hardware. This is where Steve is referring to. Check all settings, and I'd suggest doing so in the order that I listed them above: OS, Audio card, then Premiere. A Mute, or by-pass in the first two, can override the settings in Premiere, and you may have its setting correct, but still not be able to effectively use your hardware.
The exact settings chosen will depend on the exact hardware that is properly installed. Without knowing all of your hardware and other settings elsewhere, one cannot give you a definitive answer. Ideally, in the settings drop-downs, you *should* see your hardware listed. Look closely, as these can be a bit cryptic.
If you are still unable to get your hardware working properly, a fourth place to look would be Control Panel>System>Hardware>Device Manager for your Audio hardware. Check that Device Manager sees your hardware, and that it is working properly.
If all is set up properly, but still not working, report back with exact specs on your system, including all of your Audio hardware. There are possibly some more steps that can be taken. I will not mention them now, as they *should not* be needed. If you do need further assistance, please list every option in all of the drop-down lists from Premiere, so we can know what your choices are.