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How to connect a microphone to a PC Computer or laptop and start making audio recordings is one of your most frequently asked questions.
Nearly all computers have a mic port (nowadays often combined with a headphone port), so it should be possible to directly connect a dynamic mic if you have the appropriate jack for the socket.
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Well the next thing to look at is a dedicated USB Audio interface that is specifically designed to allow a mic (or several microphones) to be connected, and usually other instruments as well – we have articles on exactly what is an audio interface if you want to know more, and then how to choose the right audio interface for your home recording studio needs.
These USB audio interfaces already have the necessary pre-amps and software to give you a really high quality recording result on your PC or Mac without the need to install a PCI sound card, so they are also great for mobile recording on a laptop or notebook and easily transferable if you upgrade your system in the future, but you will need to purchase a microphone and cables separately if you don’t already own a mic.
The Audio Technica AT2020USB Click tobuy from Amazon A really neat one-stop solution for recording on your computer, and one which will offer a considerable improvement in quality over a generic computer microphone and sound card combination, is to consider a USB mic.
A USB microphone is a high quality microphones which simply plugs straight into your USB port – perfect for musicians on the move with laptops, but equally at home in the desktop music studio.
Particularly good for the vocalists who want to record over backing tracks are the microphones which have a headphone output because you can ‘direct monitor’ through headphones – in other words listen to the track while you are singing along.
The sound will come out of the interface, not your computer so if you currently listen through your computer speakers you will need to bear this in mind.
If you require an interface with phantom power (most condenser mics require this unless they are self-powered) then make sure the interface you pick does have a phantom switch or you will end up having to buy a separate power supply.
So let’s look at a few options if you are looking to make professional standard recordings using a mic and your laptop, i Pad, mac or PC.
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