Question about PC Desktops
Hi, I have a standard Compac Presario desktop with no extras (that I know of) and a very limited computer knowledge. My question is, If I wanted to make high quality, professional voice recordings at my home and then convert them to high quality mp3 files to send to a third party, apart from a soundproof room and a quality microphone, what would I need (and how much is it and where do I get it)????
The good news is that making high quality recordings of a voice is a lot easier than say, of a band. In fact you do not need anything fancy to do this, just a good quality headset and microphone and some software.
I am going to assume that you are aware that you can use the media program in windows to record in WAV format. If you did not know that, simply Google WAV and record and you will find many articles that detail how to do that with a stock windows system.
I am also going to assume that you have an MP3 program and know how to use it. If you do not, well, there are free and trial versions (such as Soundforge) online, and you should download a few and try them out to see which one you like best. Almost all of these allow you to convert WAV to MP3.
The question of the headset and mic is a thorny one... You basically have two options but before I detail them, let me explain why you should use a headset with mic as opposed to just a mic alone.
When you use just a mic, background noise and your voice often create minor feedback sounds on the recording. That does not happen every time but it happens often enough due to the cheap nature of most PC mics that it is not worth trying to correct. A good quality headset and mic combination offers you an input device engineered for just what you want to do!
You can go two ways here - either a USB Headset and mic or one that uses the 5mm plugs on your computer soundcard.
I have used both, and I find that the USB type often give the best results but also happen to be more expensive. The reason for that is because they are not just a headset and mic but also have a USB soundcard integrated into them, hence the extra cost.
The less expensive option is a standard headset and mic that use the audio in and out ports on your soundcard. Over the years I have used a number of these and I find that Sennheiser makes the best unit for the price range.
You can find reasonably priced Sennheiser models at www.newegg.com and at your local superstores (ie Best Buy or Staples).
I hope that this helps you.
Posted on Nov 15, 2007
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