quality mic. buzz when cheap mic. is fine.. PC recording
My high quality new microphone (excited!), a sennheiser e835, produces a buzzing noise when I record it with my PC.
My crappy $2 mic. works fine, and has no buzzing noise.
Is there a piece of equipment that this better mic needs in order to record clear?
I am just using the 3.5" pin input.
Plugged into the computer mic input, the mic will have a bias voltage on it, which is not good. You need a USB preamp or mixer.
I didn't know they were going to be so expensive; This is $40 and at the same time some sort of awesome deal. I don't know the difference between a mixer and a preamp yet either but what do you think?
You need one with a USB output.
Unless the computer has a line-in (blue 3.5mm connector). Not common on laptops.
Black to computer's line in (NOT MIC IN)
Gray to preamp output
Red for future use! (keyboard, guitar amp headphone jack, another mic pre, etc)
Is this an option?
Wondering if this might work! Thank you if you know if it will end the buzzing sound and work for recording with audacity.
Probably a step up from the computer's built-in mic input. But without an analog gain control you'll never be able to optimize levels properly. Unstoppable clipping during really loud input, and bad s/n ratio during quiet input.
I ended up selling my senniheiser 835 and getting a USB mic.. I got a Blue Yeti.. Seemed like the best way to do it for price and less equipment.. thank you for all the help you guys (& gals)!