Your cheapy one is probably a piezo type which is very sensistive to sound and is also why it sounds cheap.  The better one is probably some sort of magnetic style pickup which is possibly non-directional (ie you have to hold it right next to the sound source like a singer on stage) or it may be a cardioid/directional and you are not speaking into it from the optimum direction. Also the magnetic mic may require either a pre-amp or line amp to provide the correct impedance matching to ensure maximum signal into your computer.  Check your computer sound card/mixer settings on some sound cards they have a mic boost setting which increases the mic signal by ~20dB (ie a lot) this may compensate any impedance mismatch.  I have used this when injecting guitar directly into the mic input. It works fairly well.
 
HTH
 
 
Linton
-----Original Message-----
From: audacity-users-admin@lists.sourceforge.net [mailto:audacity-users-admin@lists.sourceforge.net]On Behalf Of Glen Phillips
Sent: Wednesday, 30 March 2005 1:52 PM
To: audacity-users@lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: RE: [Audacity-users] No Waveform while recording

Nevermind, tonight I recorded and inexplicably, there was the waveform dancing along with my voice.  Now I have a microphone question.  I have a cheesy little plastic thing with what looks like a mini-stereo plug on it that works fairly well although it sounds cheap.  I have a nice professional mic with a inch plug adapted down to a mini, but it doesn’t look the same as the cheapy one does.  When I record with this mic the levels are very low.  I have the input set to max and it’s still very low.  Am I doing something wrong with the mic?

Glen

 

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Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2005 9:27 AM
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Subject: [Audacity-users] No Waveform while recording

 

I can record with a microphone using audacity, but there is no waveform on the track area when the recording is complete.  I can listen to the recording, so it is recording.  How do I get the waveform to appear in the track area?

Glen