From: Phil Reed <preed@dn...> - 2003-12-20 17:31:37
This isn't a software issue; this is a hardware issue. You might be able to
adjust the recording level up on the sound card using the appropriate
control software, or you'll need to get either a hotter microphone, or a
preamp to bring the mic signal up to line levels. People who do serious
recording will have a mixing board that allows them to adjust mic levels
appropriately, then bring in the signal to the recording device using the
line-in connection. You'll want to bring the signal in hot enough that any
level indicators JUST kiss the red zone on the meter when the original
sound is the loudest. That will give you the best signal-noise ratio.
I like to recommend Behringer Eurorack mixers for people just getting into
recording. They are amazingly inexpensive and are good quality for the
price. The UB502 mixer (with only one microphone channel) can be had for as
little as $40-50. The UB1002 has two microphone channels (lets you mix
stereo) and it's out there for $60-80.
> I'm using Audacity 1.2.0-pre3 on RH 8. I tried to record voice through
> the mic connected to the mic in on soundcard (the soundcard is actually
> on the MB). It worked OK except the level was very low and I had to
> speak loudly to get anything. I'm used to recording using a digital
> recorder or 4-track recorder where you must adjust the input gain to
> maximize your signal while not clipping. Is there a similar feature in
> Audacity or are you simply supposed to adjust the output of the device
> from which the signal is coming? In other words, if I were recording
> music from an external CD player, would I adjust the output volume until
> I got a maximum signal? If so, then there's really no way to adjust a
> microphone . . .
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