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HP and Compaq PCs - Using Sound Effect Manager

This document applies to HP and Compaq desktop PCs with the Realtek Sound Effect Manager or the Sound Effects Manager.
After you install and connect a speaker system to your PC, and if your PC has the following 6 audio connectors, you can use the Sound Effect Manager software to set up and adjust the audio.
Figure : 6 audio connectors
Using Sound Effect Manager
To configure audio output on PC models with six sound connectors and Sound Effect Manager:
  1. Click Start on the taskbar.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices (or Sounds and Audio Devices).
  4. You configure the audio software settings using either the Sound Effect Manager or the Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager software.
    Determine which Sound Effect Manager you have:
Realtek High Definition Sound Effect Manager control screens
Click a tab near the top of the window to see one of the following control screens.
Sound Effect
When you click the Sound Effect tab, a window opens that allows you to select the Environment and the Equalizer settings. You can select an environment, such as Under Water or Auditorium. To use the Equalizer, click the Power button in the center of the circular equalizer control to turn on the Equalizer. You can click a preset button, such as Pop or Live, or manually adjust the settings and then save them for easy selection later.
Figure : Sound Effect (Realtek)
Mixer
When you click the Mixer tab, a window opens that allows you to control volume, playback, mute, recording and multistreaming audio. You can also click the Multi-streaming setting button to set up multistreaming audio.
Figure : Mixer (Realtek)
Configuring sound for recording with the Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager
The microphone connector on the front of the 6-connector audio PC is ready to use for recording sound. If you want to use another connector for recording, such as the digital audio in connector, use the following steps to select another connector:
  1. Click Start on the taskbar, Control Panel, Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, and Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager.
  2. Click the Mixer tab.
  3. In Record, click the drop-down list. Choose one item:
    • RealTek HD Digital Input- to use the digital audio in connector (select models only).
    • Line in/Mic in- to use the Audio Line In (In) or the Microphone (Mic) connectors.
  4. Click OK to close the window.
Configuring Multi-streaming Audio
The Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager software allows you to listen to two different audio sources on two different speaker sets. For example, you hear one audio source through a rear-panel speaker connection and a second source through a front-panel headphone or speaker connection.
You must configure Multi-streaming Audio for your system if you want to hear two audio sources on separate speakers. Audio Output Overview The front-panel audio output is the stereo headphone (green) connector only. The rear-panel outputs are the speaker connectors that can be set up as multichannel out from stereo (2.0) to 7.1 (select models only) configurations. Refer to your user documentation for powered speakers or AV receiver setup information.
Audio Input Overview
You can select two of the following audio sources to play through front-panel headphone and rear-panel speaker connectors:
  1. From an externally connected device source, such as:
    • A microphone with cable connected to Mic In (pink).
    • An MP3 player cable connected to Line In (blue).
  2. From an internal source inside, or directly connected to, the PC: Audio files may reside on hard disk drives, DVDs, CDs, USB Drives, HP Personal Media Drives, or any connected device. Play internal media files through programs such as:
    • Windows Media Player
    • WinDVD
    • HP Tunes
    • Other installed media player software
When to Use Multi-streaming Audio
You may multi-stream two audio sources as described in the following typical examples:
  1. For online gaming, where you hear 5.1 game sound on your AV receiver or powered speakers; while you also hear gaming conversation on your headset.
    See Example 1.
  2. For digital home entertainment, where you hear:
    • DVD sound on your living room TV/display or AV receiver from the rear speaker connections.
    • While you also hear your PC headphone or powered speakers that are connected to the front panel green headphone jack, from one of the following external PC audio sources:
      1. Front panel Line In
      2. Internal source residing on: a hard disk drive, DVD, CD, USB Drive, or other external device.
  note:
Digital Audio In can not be multi-streamed.
Setting Up Multi-streaming Audio Example 1: For Online Gaming
To configure multi-streaming audio output for online gaming with Sound Effect Manager, you must enable Voice-Over-IP software (software used to converse over the Internet). Your teammates hear your voice from the microphone via the Internet and you hear the game audio from the rear speakers:
  1. Connect the audio input and output connectors to:
    • A headphone set to the front Headphone Out (green) connector.
    • A microphone to the front Mic In (pink) connector for online conversation.
    • A set of powered Stereo 5.1, or 7.1 speakers to the rear Speaker Out connectors for gaming sound output.
  2. Click the Realtek HD Audio Manager icon on the system tray to open the Realtek HD Audio Sound Effect Manager window.
  3. Choose the Mixer tab.
  4. Click the Multi-streaming settingaudio button. The dialog box opens.
  5. Select the Enable multi-streaming playback check box.
  6. Select one of the following options to determine how you would like to hear your own voice:
    • Check the Output Mic In/Line In to front panel check box, and select OK.
    • Check the Output Mic In/Line In to rear panel check box, and select OK.
      Figure : Output Mic In/Line In to front panel
  7. Select Realtek HD Audio rear output from the drop-down list.
  8. Start the game that you are about to play. You should hear the gaming sound on the rear stereo, 5.1, or 7.1 speakers.
  9. At the Mixer tab, select Realtek HD Audio front output to enable audio conversation with your teammates.
Setting Up Multi-streaming Audio Example 2: For Digital Home Entertainment
To configure multi-streaming audio output for digital home entertainment with Sound Effect Manager:
  1. Connect the audio output connectors to:
    • A headphone set or powered speakers connected to the front Headphone Out (green) connector for stereo music playback.
    • A set of powered stereo, 5.1, or 7.1 speakers connected to the rear Speaker Out connectors for DVD playback sound output.
  2. Click the Realtek HD Audio Manager icon on the system tray to open the Realtek HD Audio Sound Effect Manager window.
  3. Choose the Mixer tab.
  4. Click the Multi-streaming setting audio button. The dialog box opens.
  5. Select the Enable multi-streaming playback check box, and select OK.
  6. Select Realtek HD Audio rear output from the drop-down list.
  7. Open WinDVD to play a DVD movie. You should hear the DVD sound on the rear speakers.
  8. Select Realtek HD Audio front output from the drop-down list.
  9. Open Windows Media Player to play music. You should hear the music sound on the front headphone connection.
  10. To hear an external device source from the Line In or Mic In connection:
    1. Click the Multi-streaming setting audio button. The dialog box opens.
    2. Check the Output Mic In/Line In to front panel check box in the dialog box, and select OK.
      Figure : Output Mic In/Line In to front panel
Audio I/O
When you click the Audio I/O tab, a window opens that allows you to select the number of speakers, and shows the whether the plugs are analog or digital. You can also select the Digital Audio Output and Digital Input device. Only speakers being used are displayed.
  note:
To select and test the speakers, click the right arrow button at the bottom of the picture.
Figure : Audio I/O (Realtek)
Configuring the Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager
To configure multichannel audio output on PC models with six sound connectors and Realtek Sound Effect Manager:
  1. Click Start on the taskbar, Control Panel, Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, and Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager.
  2. Click the Audio I/O tab.
  3. Select the option describing the number of speakers in your system, for example, 5.1 speakers. Only connectors being used are shown; if the connector is not shown it means that it is not used for the selected speaker configuration.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Do one of the following procedures:
Retasking audio connectors with the Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager
You can retask the pink and green connectors on the front of the PC to perform other audio functions as needed.
  1. From the Audio I/O tab, click the tool icon in the Front Panel section to open the connector settings window.
  2. Select Enable Jack detection when device is plugged in, and click OK. The front pink and green connectors can now be used as input or output devices.
Microphone
When you click the Microphone tab, a window opens that allows fine control over the microphone/recording quality. The Microphone window includes buttons for noise suppression and acoustic echo cancellation.
Figure : Microphone (Realtek)
Sound Effect Manager control screens
Click a button near the top of the window to see one of the following control screens:
Sound Effect
When you click the Sound Effect button, a window opens that allows you to select the Environment and the Equalizer settings. You can select an Environment such as Under Water or Auditorium. To use the Equalizer, click the Power button in the center of the circular equalizer control to turn on the Equalizer. You can click a preset button, such as Pop or Live, or manually adjust the settings and then save them for easy selection later.
Figure : Sound Effect
Speaker Configuration
When you click the Speaker Configuration button, a window opens that allows you to select the number of speakers, shows the Connection Guide, and has a Speaker Test button to test the speakers. A connector with no descriptive text in the Connector Guide indicates that the connector is not used for the selected speaker configuration.
Figure : Speaker Configuration
Configuring speakers using the Sound Effect Manager
If you do not see the device for your configuration, change the speaker selection in the Speaker Configuration window.
Figure : Speaker Configuration Select
To configure speakers using the Sound Effect Manager:
  1. Click Start on the taskbar, Control Panel, Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices and Sound Effect Manager.
  2. Click the Speaker Configuration button.
  3. Select the number of speakers in your system, for example, 5.1 speakers. A connector with no descriptive text in the Connection Guide indicates that the connector is not used for the selected speaker configuration.
  4. Click OK.
  note:
To test the speakers (multi-channel speakers only), click the Speaker Test button. The WinDVD control panel shows the speaker number being used. Click Stop.
  note:
If you want to play a stereo DVD, change the audio properties of WinDVD to match the recorded DVD audio output.
Digital Audio
When you click the Digital Audio button, a window opens that allows you to select the digital audio output and digital audio frequency for the digital audio connectors on the PC.
Figure : Digital Audio
Disabling digital audio output with Sound Effect Manager (optional)
To disable digital audio output:
  1. Click the Digital Audio button. Select Digital output off (you can also select Digital-in to Digital-out pass through mode).
  2. Close the window.
If you select Enable digital audio output, the microphone volume setting becomes not muted, the recording source is fixed in Stereo Mix, and if you place the microphone too close to the speakers, feedback can occur.
Audio Wizard
When you click the Audio Wizard button, a window opens that shows the three audio connectors on the front of the PC.
  note:
The connectors on the front of your PC may vary; look for the connector icon and color.
Figure : Audio Wizard
To close the window without enabling the wizard, click OK.
To enable the Audio Wizard: Make sure the Enable auto detection check box is selected to enable the wizard. Click OK to close the window.
Using the Audio Wizard in the Sound Effect Manager
The Sound Effect Manager Audio Wizard can help you connect front-panel audio.
To use the Audio Wizard:
  1. Turn on the PC.
  2. Click Start on the taskbar.
  3. Choose Control Panel.
  4. Click Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices (or Sounds and Audio Devices).
  5. Click Sound Effect Manager. The window opens.
  6. Click Audio Wizard. A window opens that shows the connector panel on the front of the PC.
  7. Place a check in the Enable jack detection check box to enable the wizard.
  8. Connect the speaker system audio cable plugs into the connectors on the front of your PC. The panel display highlights a cable that is properly inserted in a connector.
  9. Close the window.
Retasking front-panel connectors
To retask using the Audio Wizard (6-connector) With the Audio Wizard enabled, both the microphone connector and the headphones connector on the front of the PC can be retasked to perform a different audio function. These two connectors are universal audio jacks.
When you plug in a cable, the wizard asks you to select the function for the cable from a list, and then it sets the universal audio jack to perform as the selected function. The functions are:
  • Stereo speaker (out)
  • Microphone (in)
  • Headphone (in)
  • Audio line in
Figure : Universal Audio Jack

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