#1
Right now I recording with an MP3...it's Sansa e260. It cracks and distorts vocals guitar and anything that every gets hit on a drum set. It does not have a line in, just a really terrible mic.

I have a laptop...which also has a terrible mic, but is very slow. I have Audacity and know how to work it, but my question is, how can I produce a decent sound on a 50 buck budget. I'm sure I need a mic...what are some good ones, and do I need a mixer. Or can I just somehow record with something else in that small price range?
Please help.
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#2
If your computer is slow you may want to look into MTRs for portable and off computer recording.

http://www.tweakheadz.com/multi_track_recorders.htm

you wont be able to do anything for $50...even $100 is fairly low

youll need a mic and interface
or
MTR and mic

a good mic like the SM57 goes for $100 and you could probably get a digital MTR 8 track for $100 - $150 on ebay.
#3
Is this any good.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/MAudio-MXL-990991-and-Audio-Buddy-Package?sku=703626

It says it is...and its fairly cheep...I think
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#4
thats a fair set, its a preamp only, not an interface so you would only be able to run it into the line in on your stock sound card....
this will work but you will have latency making layering or multi-tracking hard.

see the video link in my sig...
#5
What if I go for this. http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-Eurorack-UB502-5Channel-Compact-Mixer?sku=631239

And 2 or 3 of these. http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Nady-SP4C-Dynamic-Microphone?sku=277516

I am fine by recording directly into my laptops soundcard too.

EDIT: I am not looking for super sound...just sound that isn't cracking and popping.
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#7
Quote by Moose45
What if I go for this. http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-Eurorack-UB502-5Channel-Compact-Mixer?sku=631239

And 2 or 3 of these. http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Nady-SP4C-Dynamic-Microphone?sku=277516

I am fine by recording directly into my laptops soundcard too.

EDIT: I am not looking for super sound...just sound that isn't cracking and popping.



you get what you pay for... thats the honest truth in the majority of cases, you may eliminate the popping but i wont gaurantee that, it could be your computer sound card, you may need a usb or firewire interface