Am I doing something wrong?

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Member Since: Nov 28, 2004

I am trying to record vocals on my PC (duh)
and when i play it back it sounds like trash
I am limited to a $100 sony microphone (dynamic) and the onboard sound card that came with my mother board when I say voice chat on the web or what ever it sounds great but when I try to record for what ever reasons it just sux is there any reason this could be happening?
Is there a solution?
Please post your feedback thanks

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Since: Nov 28, 2004

Nov 28, 2004 08:24 pm

sorry let me clarify theres alot of buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz and Hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Freeleance Producer/Engineer/Gtr
Since: Aug 11, 2002

Nov 28, 2004 10:43 pm

the few intergrated pc soundcards are really noisy, but it could also be your soundcard's virtual mixer.

get to it via the control panel/sound and audio devices/advanced button on first page or double click the speaker icon on the task bar if you have the option.

change the record settings to show everything (mic, line, etc.) then mute everything you don't need.

Since: Nov 28, 2004

Nov 28, 2004 11:53 pm

I know all that and ive done it and I still have problems

Since: Mar 31, 2003

Nov 29, 2004 02:46 am

Lemme ask you a few questions:

Are you going through the "Microphone" in or the "Line" in?
Is your mic going through a preamp or mixer before going to your soundcard?
Is there any clipping on your sound file?

The biggest problem I had when starting initially was using the mic in on my soundcard. It is absolutely terrible for recording and adds quite a bit of buzz and trashy noise. The next problem I had was, although my actual sound file didnt clip in my recording application, I was clipping at my mixer. This introduces a ton of distortion and garbage to an otherwise decent track. And finally, after fixing all the aforementioned junk, I had to make sure I didnt clip in my recording application. I use the motherboard soundcard on my computer and dont get much noise, but I do get a ton of latency.
Post again with a bit more info (recording application, mixer/preamp, etc.) and maybe we can help you more.

Since: Jul 21, 2004

Nov 30, 2004 02:22 pm

you definitly aren't going to be able to record with a medicore soundcard (if thats what you have). You would need a decent soundcard (i suggest Audiophile 2496) and a cheap mixer with build in pre-amp.

bace135 in the house tonight!
Since: Jan 28, 2003

Nov 30, 2004 02:33 pm

Guitarlord has a good response. I used to record with the most cheapest radio shack dynamic mic ($12 or so) to my sblive soundcard. It wasn't the best sound ever, but it didn't buzz and humm like crazy either, so it is possible.

Since: Jan 12, 2004

Nov 30, 2004 02:35 pm

I am limited to a $100 sony microphone (dynamic) and the onboard sound card that came with my mother board

This is the problem. You are plugging straight into the PC soundchip built onto the motherboard.

Most times, this is not meant for recording or even decent gaming audio. Tis there as default and thats it. Its noisey and crap for recording thus giving you poor quality.

You wont notice this on the internet speak - you will on a decent recording where you need silence all round ie. for yer vocals.

So..only solution is to get a proper sound card. Period.


Since: Oct 28, 2004

Nov 30, 2004 04:39 pm

What kind of sound recording software are you using?

Since: Nov 28, 2004

Nov 30, 2004 07:57 pm

I have cool edit pro audacity cubase etc..
good software
I think its the sound card it really good for every thing movies games all around use except RECORDING so givin all your input I'll have to wait till i get a proper audio interface to record
thanks for all your advice

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