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#239853 - 08/11/08 10:39 PM Computer Mic question...
Bill in Dayton Offline
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Registered: 08/23/04
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Loc: Dayton, OH USA
Guys-

I have some friends who would like to record some Skype sessions with me. Just conversations...I have a very cheap "computer mic" that sounds ok, not great...

Would I find improvement if I used one of my regular dynamic mics like my Sennheiser 550 or SHURE 58?

I'm thinking I buy a basic adapter for the mic cable and plug it right into the cpu where I've been plugging in the traditional computer mic...

Good idea?

Thanks!

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#239854 - 08/12/08 02:49 AM Re: Computer Mic question...
MacAllcock Offline
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You should get an improvement using a "Proper" microphone but it would be even better if you could run the microphone into a mixer and feed the mixer output into the line input of the PC; the microphone pre-amplifiers in PC soundcards are usually relatively noisy.

An alternative (which I'm thinking about myself)(although I have no actual experience) is to use a condenser microphone that uses a USB connector; Samson do a couple (C01U, G-Track).
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#239855 - 08/12/08 03:25 AM Re: Computer Mic question...
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Bill we've been using the Edirol UA-1EX with much success.

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#239856 - 08/12/08 09:58 AM Re: Computer Mic question...
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The UA-1EX is available here in the UK for less that 50 pounds.... therefore added to my "Under investigation" list!
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#239857 - 08/13/08 05:10 AM Re: Computer Mic question...
Bill in Dayton Offline
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Registered: 08/23/04
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Loc: Dayton, OH USA
Connection question?

I plugged a 1/4" mic cable into an adapter down to a phono plug (Standard computer mic/headphone jack)...

It does not work...

Suggestions?

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#239858 - 08/13/08 05:26 AM Re: Computer Mic question...
cgiles Offline
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Loc: Roswell,GA/USA
Quote:
Originally posted by Bill in Dayton:
Connection question?

I plugged a 1/4" mic cable into an adapter down to a phono plug (Standard computer mic/headphone jack)...

It does not work...

Suggestions?



Terminology. Phono plug usually refers to an RCA-type plug wherein a Phone plug usually refers to a 1/4" plug/jack. Also, most computers use a mini-plug/jack (1/8"). In any case, make sure the connection remains 'stereo' throughout the chain.

chas
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#239859 - 08/13/08 05:32 AM Re: Computer Mic question...
Bill in Dayton Offline
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Registered: 08/23/04
Posts: 2152
Loc: Dayton, OH USA
Chas-

The adapter is a 1/4" to a 1/8"...

"Accepts a 1/4 stereo plug...Fits a 1/8" mono jack"

????

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