Recording options.

November 19, 2006 at 08:09 PM · I have one main question. If I bought a microphone and plugged it into my computer could I record directly like that?

And also what are some cheap alternatives for outside the home (recorders)..



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November 19, 2006 at 08:29 PM · It depends. if it's a passive microphone(no batteries) the output might be really low, but your computers microphone insert should be able to pick it up anyway. It creates a lot of extra noise though. After experimenting with such a setup too long i bought a 100€ samson CU3 usb mic with a digital converter inbuilt and it works great. No hiss, no fuzz, just plug and play. And for the outside home things i have a portable computer with recording software. Tommi(sarahs husband)

November 20, 2006 at 09:12 PM · OK, now I am just trying to record me and my sister and stuff playing for cd's and posting on the internet. Would a cheap Walmart Computer Microphone work. I know it wouldn't be too high quality.

November 21, 2006 at 01:31 PM · You would get a sound, but probably wouldn't be happy with it. I don't know what you want to spend, but I seem to recall buying Shure mics for $50 or so at the local music store (pick one that sells P/A-type sound systems; i.e. has a sound equipment section.) That way at least you have a decent input. And you can use it with a recorder later.

November 22, 2006 at 01:55 PM · Ok, yah I want to be happy with the sounds, but not sure if I want to spend $50 on a mic, I have a mic, but it doesn't fit into the computer :(...

November 25, 2006 at 01:20 AM · I use a Radio Shack tie clip microphone (33-3026) for $11.99. It plugs into the mic input on my laptop and records without hiss or static. I use a freeware recording software (not Microsoft Sound Recorder) called FREE Hi-Q Recorder. You can download it at

It may depend on how new your computer is, but most recent PCs can record decent sound without a "studio quality" microphone.

Good luck,


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