Hello. I use Audacity to record piano. Currently I have Audio-Technica ATR30 microphone http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/wired_mics/05ac1f3e6868662d/index.html going into Asus P5W64 WS Pro motherboard http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=82&l3=249&l4=0&model=1341&modelmenu=2, which has ADI1988B sound built-in. Recently the microphone input went haywire and I have used the line-in instead. The recording level is very low. I would like to get away from motherboard-sound card for recording, on a small budget. Would something like Edirol UA-1EX http://www.roland.com/products/en/UA-1EX/ with my existing microphone suffice? Would Samson C03U http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1878 be a better solution? The piano itself is ~10-12 feet away from my computer, in another room, so USB cord length shouldn’t (I hope) be an issue. I am open to other suggestions, but would really like to get away from using motherboard sound.
What’s your budget?
I’d like to keep it under $200
I’d probably go for something like this:
I’d rather have a PCI soundcard than an external one, such as an “M-Audio - Delta Audiophile 2496”, but at around $70 that would probably push it a little over budget.
I’d also rather have one of these microphones (in fact I have got one), but I’m not sure if they are available outside of Europe: http://www.thomann.de/gb/the_tbone_sc450_stereoset.htm (and a pair would certainly push you over budget.