william estrada wrote:
There are several ways:
1. Get a cheap "USB mic". Already good suggestions in this thread.
2. Get a classic dynamic mic, such as a Shure SM57 (tried and true, very
sturdy, classic sound, multipurpose but good for voice). Then you either
need a sound card with a mic input, or...
3. ...also get a mic preamp. M-Audio makes a few cheap ones. Presonus
does too. I use StudioProjects VTB1, a tube / solid state hybrid, and
it's fine for me.
If you make the right choices, the quality should increase going from #1
to #3, but the price should increase too.
If you care more about sound quality, there's a #4 choice too: insert a
compressor between the mic preamp and the computer. The RNC1773 (a.k.a.
"Really Nice Compressor") provides an excellent performance/price ratio,
but other choices are available too if you do some research.
So there you have it. #1 is cheapest. #4 can get you pretty close to
studio quality if you make the correct choices of equipment.