Need some basic help (recording quality)

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Member Since: Apr 04, 2009

Hello all, I've been recording for a few months now and I want to improve my recording quality.

I currently use a $30 Logitech USB mic and I record with free programs such as Audacity. I record using my Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop.

My question is: what do I need to do to improve my vocal quality? Get a better mic? Get a sound card? I'm not very knowledgeable with that kind of stuff, which is why I'm here.

By the way, when I record all I do is take a beat/instrumental and record over it to make my songs.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Apr 04, 2009 05:53 pm

A better mic would help, and, assuming you plug the mic right into your laptop's mic input, a better USB audio interface would be most helpful for all aspects of recording.

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Since: Apr 04, 2009

Apr 04, 2009 10:29 pm

Okay, gotcha. I believe the USB audio interface is the "it" I was looking for. I was planning on getting a better mic anyway. That, along with the interface, should help me plenty. Thanks.

Since: Apr 04, 2009

Apr 04, 2009 11:00 pm

Now, I have another question lol.

As far as an interface, what exactly does it do?

I planned on purchasing either:



BUT, now I'm also very interested in this:

^It comes with a a mic and headphones. So my question is, what does the interface do? How does it improve quality?

Once I know that, I'll know whether I should simply purchase a better USB mic, or, get the interface that comes with a mic.

Thanks in a advance for any help!

Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

Apr 05, 2009 02:04 am

I would personally go with an interface and a microphone instead of the USB mic route.

On the interface, all they are is a high quality sound card of which many support multiple tracks. They will have 1/4" or/and XLR jacks for mics. There are cheaper setups like the Delta 1010LT, but if I was going to spend that much, I would just get the line6 UX2.

This would be a great mic package for the price imo, very well rounded usage as well.


My personal choice for around $200, Any cheaper and I would have no idea what to reccomend honestly. Others can chime in here.

cunning linguist
Since: Mar 19, 2009

Apr 05, 2009 09:34 am

Sorry about my blatant hijacking here, but are you saying with the UX2 I could forego(sp?) buying a separate soundcard for my new compy build and just use the UX2 via USB?

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Apr 05, 2009 01:22 pm

Yes, that is what it is for. The UX-2 I mean.

Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

Apr 06, 2009 01:18 pm

Indeed, the UX2 (or any interface for that matter) is just that, a higher end soundcard.

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