Home Recording/Connecting a dynamic headphone to computer
Expert: Larry A. Staffen - 1/20/2013
Question Hi Larry,
I would like to record some vocals on my PC laptop and I am entirely new to this. I looked up some stuff on WWW but would like your opinions before I go out and buy the equipment. I am not really looking for the best sound quality and I guess dynamic microphones would do fine.
1) Do dynamic microphones work without a pre-amplifier?
2) Can I connect the microphone to a computer through the 3.5mm mic-in port on my laptop (by a XLR to 1/4 to 1/8 adapter) without needing a preamplifier?
I plan on using FL Studio with ASIO4ALL drivers. Please let me know if this is possible.
Answer Hi Vargab - Even though I don't know the name of your laptop, it shouldn't matter. You don't need a preamp, but you might a matching transformer (XLR to a 1/4"). You can purchase one at Radio Shack or the like for about $10.00. It is true the use of a dynamic mic doesn't require any transformer, but don't plan on doing any overdubs. Good luck with your mission!
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