Setting up the Microphones

There are a couple of options when it comes to microphones for UltraStar. You can simply plug one into the microphone slot on your computer (this can be any working type that fits that slot), or the best option is to simply buy some SingStar microphones, complete with a USB connector, like the ones below:



Normal microphones

Wireless microphones

Note: for more than two wireless microphones, you will still need two or more USB wireless connectors.

The only way to have over 3 people singing at once is to fix it up so that there is a 'dual display' (that is, having both the computer screen and another TV/computer screen connected). I've never tried this, but if you know your stuff, setting this up won't be too hard. For everyone else, this means that you need 1-3 microphones (probably best to buy 2 lots of 2 mics, that way you have a spare if one of them breaks!). In this example, I have set up two SingStar wireless microphones and one original, non-wireless SingStar microphone.



Left: Blue wireless microphone linked to the USB wireless microphone receiver (Player 1)

Middle: Red wireless microphone linked to the USB wireless microphone receiver (Player 2)

Right: Red microphone plugged into SingStar USB converter (Player 3) - note that even though it is a red microphone, it is plugged into the blue slot

So, you've got your microphones, and you've set them up as demonstrated (if you only have 1 or 2 microphones, this guide still applies). Before you go into UltraStar, you'll need to edit the settings in Windows. If you go to the Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Manage audio devices, and click on the 'Recording' tab (or something to that effect if you're not on Windows 7), you can test the microphones to see if they're working. You'll notice that the USB adaptor is listed, and its settings need to be configured separately to the default soundcard.



In the above screenshot, 3- Wireless Mic #121062313 refers to the wireless microphones, and USBMIC Serial# 082167407 refers to the other SingStar microphone. The other two items refer to default soundcards.

We now need to tell the computer that at least one of the microphones has a dual input, so that it is able to identify both microphones. Right click on the 3- Wireless Mic #121062313 option, and click 'properties,' then select the 'advanced' tab.



As shown above, select any one of the '2 channel' options (preferably the highest quality setting if possible). Apply the other settings above, too, if they're not in place already.

For a USB connector with 1 microphone, you can leave the settings as they are, as long as the microphone is plugged into the blue slot. If your third microhphone is a red wireless one, then you will need to set this as to 2 channels as well.

Note that you can adjust microphone sensitivity in the "levels" tab, which you might want to do if they are picking up too much background noise.

Once the microphones are set up in Windows, load UltraStar Deluxe. Once loaded, go into Tools -> Settings -> Record. At the top of this section, you'll see one of the inputs listed at the top. This just means that you are altering the settings for one of the inputs (USB adaptor or default soundcard) it does not mean that you can only use one input at a time. It does not matter what is left there when you exit the settings configuration. Use the left and right keys to select USB adaptor. If you have more than one USB adaptor, you can determine which is which by talking into the microphones (the program will respond to your voice).



The numbers alongside the 'Channel1' and 'Channel2' channel indicate which player will be assigned to which microphone. For the USB adaptors, the left channel is the blue mic, and the right channel is the red mic. Make the left channel player 1 and the right channel player 2 (as demonstrated above). Then select the other input (the name of this will correspond with that listed when you set up the microphones in Windows). Again, test to make sure that you have the correct microphone selected. Make this microphone player 3 on the left channel, and leave the right channel at 'Off.'



If you want to sing with multiple players now (or just test it), you'll need to configure the game settings to say you're playing with more than 1 person. Press escape to exit the microphone settings, and go into 'game' (also under the settings menu). At this point, simply change the number of players to 3. Press escape twice to come out of settings, go to 'sing,' and test the microphones. Players 1 and 2 should correspond to the microphone colour. Player 3 will obviously be a blue or red microphone, though its colour onscreen is green. To avoid confusion, I dressed that mic with a green ribbon!