how to record sound on to laptop

March 5, 2011 at 00:43:09
Specs: Windows 7
My son wants a microphone for recording voice primarily. He will be using it in conjunction with his laptop and I'm really not sure if I can just get him a standard microphone and a converter jack to usb or if there's some special kit?

This is primarily a hardware question.

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March 5, 2011 at 01:50:27
Have a look at the ports on the back or side of the laptop. A microphone jack usually has a red ring. As far as selecting a microphone you need to consider what sound quality you are prepared to tolerate. Cheap PC mikes can be had for under $10 but you wouldn't want to be trying to record a music video with one.

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March 5, 2011 at 02:22:42

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March 5, 2011 at 03:41:56
Most computer microphones are electret (a solid state condenser mike). An ordinary audio mike will not work.

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March 5, 2011 at 12:41:19
Aha! That's really rather relevant. Thank you.

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March 5, 2011 at 15:01:05
For voice like telephone they make a headset gizmo that is normally sold for internet phone and maybe voice recognition software. They may be the best for recording spoken words. I suspect that almost every laptop has a built in mic but many do not have a way to attach an external mic or headset.

One may consider a usb sound card or a pcmcia card to allow you to attach a headset to the laptop.

If he wants to record singing then that is a bit different.

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March 5, 2011 at 15:28:58
Think he's got a head-set mic for internet conversations. He was planning on creating voice-overs for video (digital) that he'll be taking on a separate camera.

I'm guessing that he wants pretty good sound quality and maybe it's not so much the microphone that's going to be the problem, but the laptop. Which is fairly bog-standard and doesn't have an extra sound card, or anything like that.

Thanks. This is proving a bit more complicated than I'd thought.

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July 16, 2011 at 02:17:12
Hi, for recording audio by the use of microphone may let you get audio with bad quality. Otherwise, you can turn to use special software to record audio from microphone or just capture Skype calls. When you start to use programs, not microphone to record audio, you need to check the recording audio source first. If it can record voice through your computer sound card, you may get good voice quality.

Hope my answer can help you.

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