Mic Recordings Are Too Quiet

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Matsuemon
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Mic Recordings Are Too Quiet

Post by Matsuemon » December 15th, 2008, 7:03 pm

Hey guys,
Lately I've been recording some stuff straight to computer with my microphone. The recordings are always very quiet even if I have the mic level up all the way. I've tried a couple different mics (one is a regular mic and one is a headset) and they both don't record well. Oddly enough, when I'm talking in Skype (a voice chat program) the headset works perfectly and the levels are normal.
So, I guess my question is, what is a good kind of mic to get to record directly to computer? Do they have USB mics out there? Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!

--Jason

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Re: Mic Recordings Are Too Quiet

Post by Moonrider » December 16th, 2008, 6:54 am

Matsuemon wrote:Do they have USB mics out there? Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!

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Yes. I haven't used any of these, so i can't really make a recommendation.

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Re: Mic Recordings Are Too Quiet

Post by johnreelsound » January 3rd, 2009, 9:20 am

I have tried a couple of USB mics, an sE and a samson and although they are fairly cheap they dont really do it for me. You can buy a gadget called a micport which effectively turns any mic into a USB mic and I have to say I was very pleased with the results.

john

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