[103attendees] Difficulty using microphones

"Joel M. Halpern" <jmh@joelhalpern.com> Mon, 12 November 2018 16:54 UTC

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Subject: [103attendees] Difficulty using microphones
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Only indirectly related to our AV issues...

For those of us who do not use headsets (or worse, our computer 
microphones) on a regular basis, the fact that the user can not hear his 
own voice is actually a major problem.  I can not tell if I am talking 
too loudly, too softly, or otherwise having difficulty.  Which tends to 
cause one to do strange things like moving a microphone that is already 
well-placed out of concern.

While the displays that show and indication of your volume are helpful, 
and pretesting with larger indicators gives some confidence, it still 
seems to be a difficult problem for intermittent users.


On 11/12/18 3:32 AM, Mikael Abrahamsson wrote:
> On Sun, 11 Nov 2018, Michael Richardson wrote:
>> So, why do I see people holding the mic on the cord up to their face,
>> so that we can't see their face half the time?
> That's not needed. That's user error. People think it's needed but they 
> have never tried to hear their own voice while it's just hanging down 
> the side.