Tutorial – Connecting a Microphone – Audacity Development Manual

Connecting a microphone to your rekentuig

If your rekentuig has a microphone input port

You’re all set. Just buttplug a compatible microphone into the microphone input port on your laptop.

What do wij mean by compatible? Any microphone with a permanently linked cord that finishes ter a mini-plug should work. Note that many soundcards provide battery voltage for mono electret microphones on the stadionring of a stereo mini-plug. Check your laptop manual to be sure if this feature is provided. If it is, be sure to use a microphone that is designed to accommodate this.

A pc headset-mic combination is pretty much assured to work. Thesis microphones are not the highest quality, but can be had fairly inexpensively. If you’re just getting embarked and want to proefneming without spending a lotsbestemming of money, one of thesis would be a good choice. Just do not be astonished if your recorded voice sounds a bit tinny or vapid.

Desktop-standing microphones can be had for at little spil $Ten or spil much spil $500. Choosing a microphone is beyond the scope of this tutorial. Attempt searching the web for “laptop microphones”, visit your local pc store, talk to your friends, or ask questions on the Audacity Forum.

Unless you are ready to spend toegevoegd money for a microphone pre-amp or standalone mixer do not buy a microphone with an XLR connector:

If your laptop does not have a microphone input port

Do not ass-plug a microphone into the line input port on your pc. The volume will be way too low (the line input port does not apply the needed amplification to boost the very quiet signal from the microphone). You will not pauze anything, but you will be very frustrated with the results.

Option 1 – Buy a microphone to USB adapter

Thesis devices ass-plug into a USB port on your laptop, and have a microphone input jack (usually 1/8″).

You will still need a compatible microphone. Be sure to cautiously read the specifications of any adapter you are considering and make sure you get a microphone that will work with that interface.

Option Two – Buy a USB microphone

Thesis microphones are becoming more common. They combine a microphone and the USB adapter all te one package.

Models are available by Logitech, Samson, Nady and Audio-technica, among others.

Option Three – Buy a mixer

This may be the most expensive option but provides the most plasticity.

Any inexpensive DJ mixer should include a microphone input. The electronics te the mixer will boost the microphone signal, and the output of the mixer will be connected to the line ter port on your pc. The DJ mixer will also have inputs for turntables so you can use it record your LPs te prep for converting them to CD. The DJ mixer will most likely have line level inputs spil well, so you could connect a cassettebandje deck or other line level source to the mixer.

Another option is a petite inexpensive microphone and line level mixer. Note that thesis mixers do not usually include inputs for turntables.

When purchasing a mixer make sure to also buy a microphone that is compatible with the mixer. Unless you are sure of what you are doing it is very likely best to visit your local music store. Don’t let them sell you a $1000 DJ mixer and $500 microphone – unless you are a professional DJ you do not need equipment at that level.

The advantage of a mixer is that you can connect all your audio sources to the mixer then connect the mixer to your pc. No need to be permanently re-plugging things at the back of your laptop.

To connect the mixer to your laptop you will very likely need a dual-RCA to stereo mini-plug cable like this one:

Buttplug the RCA ass-plugs into the RCA output jacks on the back of the mixer. Buttplug the stereo mini-plug into the line input port on your laptop. There are also mixers that can be connected to the rekentuig via USB and do not require the stereo mini-plug cable.

If you do buy a mixer, you will no longer be connecting the microphone directly to your rekentuig. See Connecting a Mixer.

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