I am looking for a recommendation for some equipment – and answers to several questions. Sorry, but I figured might as well pollute my one post with all this than make several posts all over the place and pollute the whole board.
Here is the situation: I am making a podcast with two people using separate microphones, and I would like to be able to play sounds as we record as opposed to inserting them post production. I would like these to record on three different tracks if this is something Audacity can do.
I must preface this by saying I really am working on a budget. I know many answers are that “If you want to do it right, you’ll have to spend,” but I am truly looking to spend as little as possible.
I am ashamed and embarrassed to say that I can not figure out what kind of sound card I have. It only says Soundblaster X-Fi in my Device Manager.
The rear of the card looks like this:
NOTE: THE REST OF THE CARD IS NOT WHAT YOU SEE HERE. MINE IS A FULL PCI SLOT CARD.
So… dumb question: Does my card have two inputs already since it has a digital input there on the far side? If so, could the standard jack and the digital input record two separate tracks? And if so, could I find a headset mic that has an optical/digital input cord instead of the standard jack (or some kind of an adapter?)
If any of this is possible, it’s clearly the most economical of my options so I would prefer it.
If my sound card is not capable of doing what I want, but Audacity is with a mixer, should I go that route? If so, does anyone have a recommendation about a (cheap) mixer that I could use to do what I would like to do?
When I first got started doing this research, I discovered that I cannot use Stereo Mix as a recording option. I’ve tried the standard “Right click speaker in taskbar > Click Recording Devices > Right click and select Show Disabled Devices” but it is not an option. I only get two microphones and a Digital In Creative SB X-Fi.
This seems to be a question with no answers on the vast internet, but I figured it was worth asking as well
My apologies if some of my terminology is confusing. I am not well educated in this field at all (if that isn’t obvious already). If there is something I left out that I should have better explained, please let me know.