Hi. New to this forum - read through abunch of threads - great info! I learned quite a bit reading here but I still have questions and would like specific recommendations for what to buy and how to proceed.
I am a financial advisor and I want to make audio and video clips for my website, also make an audio business card (on CD). In addition, I do a weekly radio show that I usually am at the studio for but occasionally want to be able to prerecord on my PC and send (prefer by email so need to keep size reasonable) to the station to play when I can’t be there. Basically, just voice recording - I’d add any background music in the editing step. So, a few needs, hopefully one set-up can take care of it.
I have a PC with whatever basic sound card came with it and quite a bit of RAM and hard drive space. I have Movie Edit Pro 15 for video editing, but I’m not sure I’d use it for voice recording which is why I think Audacity is a part of my solution. We are considering getting a Nikon D3100 DSLR camera that I read takes good HD video but has only the internal mic with no external maic jack. I’d maybe get a more expensive camera with external jack if itis a good solution, but I think maybe having a decent mic into PC using Audacity would be the better way to go.
Microphone : So… could some folks recommend a mic for my use. I read that the usb mics may lack in top-quality applications. I do want to sound professional so I don’t know if these are what I need. I also don’t want to break the bank but really I don’t have a specific budget set in stone - just the lowest cost that meets my need for pretty good quality. Specific recommendations are appreciated.
Sound card : Is this a big part of the quality or would most do the job? I could find out what I have it it matters - it’s a basic mid-level HP computer that’s maybe 2 years old.
Any other advice would be greatly appreciated. Thx.