I play guitar and sing and like to record myself just for the hell of it. I use my laptop's mic, input jack with Nero Wave editor and I plug in the cheapest PC mic ever. No brand name and it crackles and rattles if you touch it while recording. I have a sample of a recording here so you can hear the sound quality I'm getting. I did add some reverb. after the fact. Sorry I don't have the original recording anymore. http://www.slacktopia.org/~benino/temp/clip.mp3 I don't claim to be an audiophile. I'm actually fairly impressed with the sound for the mic I have . but It seems to me that the sounds being recorded are missing a lot of the higher frequencies. It sounds a bit muffled or muted (The reverb I added masks that a bit :-/ ). Anyway, I'm wondering if I could get a much fuller range of sound with a mic upgrade for under $50 (USA). Is it even worth the upgrade if I'm going to be cheap? PS. my sister has an expensive mic (>$200) (not sure what kind. I know its a stereo mike) she uses to record into a minidisk recorder. It works great for that, but I tried it once on my laptop and for some reason everything recorded too quietly even with the mic record level all the way up on the PC. :-/ sorry for the long drawn out post. Hope you guys can offer some suggestions. thanks.