I’ve got an Acer Aspire AX3900. I’ve just started writing songs again and want to use my computer for recording. I have downloaded Mixcraft 5 which seems pretty good but the sound quality is pretty bad (sounds distant, like I’m in another room).
Can anyone recommend an additional soundcard? Would this make a difference? My budget is not great - £20 to £40. Is it possible/worth it to upgrade to a better soundcard from the factory installed one (I guess its on board) for this price?
If it sounds as though you're in another room, I'd be inclined to suspect the quality of the microphone as the first thing to look at. I have an Acer Desktop running Windows 7 and an Acer "Net-top" (Intel Atom processor) running XP. With good speakers the sound quality from both is quite astounding. It is certainly just as good as the "Creative Sound Blaster" card that I installed in an older PC.
Upgrading to a better sound card can make a big difference in your recording quality. A good sound card can easily be $200 USD but you might be able to find one cheap used. Craigslist or ebay or your local used computer shop can probably help.
Thanks everyone, i'll definitly look into these. i think I'll probably start with the mic (I know thats probably the biggest culprit). I still have my suspicions about the sound card and might consider an upgrade (5.1) for around £30-40 I guess. Might be a bit of trial and error.
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