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#1 bobbies

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 05:40 AM

Is it O/K to use an ordinary mic, that i have to go straight into my laptop for recording singing, of course it would need an adapter as the mic has a 1/4 plug and the laptop is only 1/8. Or do you need a mic with an USB plug.thanks



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:05 AM

If you're not looking for much quality in the recording, straight to the laptop mic input will function. But the mic preamp will not be good, meaning background hiss levels will not be low and you mightn't be able to get enough gain (depending on microphone output level). It's really only intended for speech purposes like webcam.

 

USB microphones also vary much in quality, but are likely to produce a cleaner sounding result, especially if you can obtain a decent quality one.

 

Overall the best recordings will come from using a decent dynamic or condenser mic through a proper interface, of which there are many. I use an older E-MU 0404, the first similar example that popped up on a Google search:

 

http://www.avid.com/US/products/Avid-Recording-Studio


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