Posted 07 September 2009 - 01:50 PM
I am in need of some device to record with. I thought a mixing board plugged into the microphone input would work fine, but I have heard from some places that recommend not using it (mic input) for this purpose. So I started looking into USB interfaces, and they are much more expensive. The cheapest one on Musicians Friend is $70 and it has 3.5/ 5 stars and the mixer I was looking at is $50 with a free mic and 4 or 4.5/5 stars.
I was wondering if anyone could tell me why plugging a mixer into the mic input would be a bad thing, or if it would work. I'm not going to be recording loud stuff, just need to record some country demos.
I use Sony ACID music studio 7, and guitars use 1/4" cables. Mics would either be 1/4" or XLR.
Currently, I am using the microphone that is built in on my laptop to record with. It works alright, but it's definitely a "demo quality" sound. Listenable by all means, but I want something more professional sounding.
My laptop is a Dell Latitude D600, if that helps.
If anyone can tell me, again, the pros and cons of using the mic input (one mentioned that the computer's soundcard wouldn't work right?) or recommend any affordable products that I could use. I am looking to spend 50-60 dollars, but I'm not limited to that amount exactly. I really appreciate the help and would lie to thank anyone in advance for taking the time to help me on this.