Setting up a microphone

uidzero uidzero at
Tue Jan 24 07:11:33 PST 2006

Keith Beattie wrote:
> Hello,
> I'd like to try recording through the microphone both for skype and 
> for general audio recording but can't figure out how to get sound out 
> of the  microphone.
> The Handbook's "7.2.2 Testing the Sound Card" section is a great set 
> of simple instructions for testing of playback (cat /dev/sndstat, cat 
> filename > /dev/dsp) but I can't seem to find an equivalent for 
> getting my microphone going.
> Does anyone have a similar set of checks for testing microphone input?
> $ uname -r
> 5.4-RELEASE-p3
> $ cat /dev/sndstat
> FreeBSD Audio Driver (newpcm)
> Installed devices:
> pcm0: <Creative CT5880-E> at io 0xb000 irq 20 kld snd_es137x (1p/1r/0v 
> channels duplex default)
> Thanks,
> ksb
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newpc# uname -a
FreeBSD newpc 5.4-RELEASE-p8 FreeBSD 5.4-RELEASE-p8 #1: Mon Jan  9 
12:38:02 CST 2006     root at newpc:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/BSD  i386
newpc# cat /dev/sndstat
FreeBSD Audio Driver (newpcm)
Installed devices:
pcm0: <Creative EMU10K1> at io 0xd800 irq 16  (4p/2r/0v channels duplex 

It's worked flawlessly for me after I add recompiled the kernel with 
sound support. (I use Skype as well.)

Maybe try updating to RELEASE-p8?


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