If you have mikme OS 0.54 or lower, see here

what is gain?

The gain of a microphone sets the sensitivity of the audio input. When setting the gain you increase or reduce the strength of a recorded audio signal in order to optimise it for further signal processing.

Generally speaking, if you have a very silent or weak input signal you should increase gain to get a better signal-to-noise ratio for your recording. If you don't, the low signal can lead to unwanted noise in your recording.

If you have a very loud input signal you should decrease the gain. If you don't, the signal fed into the Analog-Digital Converter (ADC) will be too loud. This will lead to overdrive and a distorted sound.

indications of a too high gain (leading to distortion)

  1. mikme silver or gold: the mikme button will clip. AKA: the light will quickly cut out and come back on
  2. mikme app: an exclamation mark will appear next to the gain menu icon and red will appear in your audio waveform

indications of a too low gain (leading to noise)

  1. mikme silver or gold: you can’t hear anything or need to increase the volume when monitoring the audio signal with your headphones
  2. mikme app: you don’t see any or a very low audio waveform

setting the gain

Choose your favourite way how to set and adjust the gain. You have the following options:

A – Auto gain on your mikme device

B – Auto Gain in your mikme app

C – Manual gain on your mikme device

D – Manual gain in the mikme app 


Please Note. The Auto Gain is automatically active after a successful software update to version 70.03 (Mikme OS) and 3.1 (Mikme App). You do not have to set the Gain or activate the Auto Gain. It's active for every recording whether you use the Mikme standalone, wirelessly with the Mikme App or via USB.

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A – auto gain on your mikme gold or silver  

Since the app version 3.1 and firmware version 70.03 auto gain has been automatically activated. The auto gain levels the audio input for you before and while a recording in order to prevent and reduce the amount of distortion or noise.

how does it work?

It's auto! You do not have to set the gain or activate the auto gain. Rather, it is active for every recording unless you choose otherwise. It will run automatically regardless of whether you are using the mikme standalone, wirelessly with the mikme app or via USB.

But more specifically...

  • Within the first 5 seconds after starting a recording or after accessing the gain mode the auto gain algorithm will adjust the gain very aggressively and quickly according to the current sound levels. After this has been established, the auto gain goes into "default" mode where it adjusts the gain in a slower and more subtle manner
  • In start up mode (first 5 seconds): The auto gain reduces gain instantly when clipping (audio level too high) and increases gain instantly on low audio level.
  • In default mode (after 5 seconds): The auto gain reduces gain instantly when clipping (audio level too high) and increases gain slowly after 20 seconds of too low audio level.

If you want to turn off or reactivate auto gain from your mikme gold or silver directly, you need to enter gain mode.

1. enter gain mode (pink)

Turn your mikme on and then press and hold the top capture button for at least 1 second. 

  • mikme button LED is pink = auto gain is active. 
  • mikme button LED is yellow = manual gain is active. 

Double tap the TOP button to switch between and activate auto and manual gain. 

2. check or adjust the gain

Auto gain will try and set an optimal gain for you. However, you always have the option to set and adjust the gain according to your wishes. You can do so by pushing the ➕/➖ buttons on the rear side of your mikme. You can set the gain from 0-30 dB. 

Make sure there is no irregular flashing of the top LED when adjusting the gain as this indicates a signal overload (= distorted sound). 

3. save the gain

Once you’ve finished, press and hold the mikme button for at least 1 second again. It will light up in the colour of your previous recording mode.

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B – auto gain in your mikme app

how does it work?

It's auto! You do not have to set the gain or activate the auto gain. Rather, it is active for every recording unless you choose otherwise. It will run automatically regardless of whether you are using the mikme standalone, wirelessly with the mikme app or via USB.

But more specifically...

  • Within the first 5 seconds after starting a recording or after accessing the gain mode the auto gain algorithm will adjust the gain very aggressively and quickly according to the current sound levels. After this has been established, the auto gain goes into "default" mode where it adjusts the gain in a slower and more subtle manner
  • In start up mode (first 5 seconds): The auto gain reduces gain instantly when clipping (audio level too high) and increases gain instantly on low audio level.
  • In default mode (after 5 seconds): The auto gain reduces gain instantly when clipping (audio level too high) and increases gain slowly after 20 seconds of too low audio level.

However, if you want to turn off or reactivate auto gain from your mikme app, you need to enter gain mode.

1. enter gain mode  

Click the gain icon in the app. The “auto” button lights pink when "auto gain" mode is active. Simply tap the button to switch between manual and auto gain.

2. adjust and monitor your gain settings

A VU (Volume Unit) meter shows the audio level. A traffic light system indicates the level balance.

  • Green level = OK
  • Yellow level = OK
  • Red Level = NOT OK > distortions

The gain slider next to the VU meter will be greyed out if you are in auto mode. Drag the gain slider up or down to increase or decrease the gain - you'll see the number at the top of the slider responding as you do so.

When an input signal is too loud you will notice a little red bar that indicates there was a distortion. When you’ve adjusted accordingly, simply tap on the level VU meter and the red bar disappears.

3. exit settings

By tapping ✖️ you exit the gain settings. Your mikme will save the gain settings which you set - even if you use the mikme in standalone or USB mode.

Once you set the auto gain to active, it will always set the gain automatically whether you record locally, wirelessly or via USB. You do not have to access the gain setting before each recording. Simply start recording and auto gain will set the gain automatically while you record. 

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C – manual gain on the mikme gold or silver  

You also can set the gain manually to a fixed value. If you set the gain manually it will NOT automatically change while recording. We recommend performing a sound check and setting the gain before a recording.

1. access gain mode (yellow) 

Press and hold the mikme button for at least 1 second until the LED shines yellow.  

  • TOP LED is yellow = manual gain is active. 
  • TOP LED is pink = auto gain is active. 

Double tap the mikme button to switch between auto and manual gain.

2. check or adjust the gain

Set and adjust the gain by pushing the ➕/➖ buttons on the rear side of your mikme gold or silver while recording or conducting a soundcheck. The gain is set properly when there is no irregular flashing of the top LED while you’re speaking, singing etc. 

An irregular flashing indicates a signal overload (= distorted sound) and requires to lower the gain with the ➖ button.

Generally speaking...

  • High sound level means you should decrease gain ➖
  • Low sound level means you should increase gain ➕

You can set the gain from 0-30 dB.

3. save the gain

Once you’ve adjusted your gain to your liking, push the mikme for one second again or until it lights up in the colour of your previous recording mode.

The gain levels are now saved for future recordings, even if you switch off your mikme.

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D – manual gain in the mikme app

You also can set the gain manually to a fixed value in the mikme app. If you set the gain manually it will NOT automatically adjust while you are recording.

We recommend performing a soundcheck and setting the gain before every recording. Conduct a soundcheck by accessing the gain menu in your app and setting the gain accordingly.

1. enter gain mode

Click the gain icon in the app. The “auto” button is greyed out when in manual gain mode. Simply tap the button to switch between manual and auto gain.

2. adjust and monitor your gain settings

A VU (Volume Unit) meter shows the audio level. A traffic light system indicates the level balance.

  • Green level = OK
  • Yellow level = OK
  • Red Level = NOT OK > distortions

2. Adjust and monitor the gain

A VU (Volume Unit) meter shows the audio level. A traffic light system shows the balance of the level.

  • Green level = OK
  • Yellow level = OK
  • Red Level = NOT OK > distortions

Drag the gain slider up or down to increase or decrease the gain - you'll see the number at the top of the slider responding as you do so. 

  • Recommended settings:
    Speech: 20
    Guitar: 15

When an input signal is too loud you will notice a little red bar that indicates there was a distortion. Decrease the gain until you're back in green area of the level meter. It is also helpful to monitor the behaviour of your mikme - if there is an irregular flashing on the mikme button this also means you should lower the gain. Once you’ve adjusted the gain according to your audio input you can tab on the VU meter and the red bar disappears. 

 

3. exit settings

By tapping ✖️ you exit the gain settings. Your mikme will save the gain settings which you set - even if you use the mikme in standalone or USB mode.

4. Alter the gain while recording

If manual gain is active you can adjust the gain manually while you record by pushing the ➕/➖ buttons on the rear side of your mikme gold or silver or by opening the gain settings from the app.

You can set the gain from 0-30 dB.

After you have set the gain manually it will be stored and used for your next recordings too.



Now you are ready to capture audio in finest quality.
Happy creating!

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