Need help recording to computer with multiple microphones

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Unregistered, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    So me and my friends want to start a podcast, so I'm looking into what we will need. I have a basic audio editing software and we'll be getting 4 microphones, but I was having a little trouble finding exactly what I need to record all of us directly to my PC. (or possibly my friend's mac) I've tried looking up this topic, but most of it is a bit hard to understand out of context, and I'm not entirely sure applies to what I'm trying to do.

    So I would just like to know what I need to record at least 4 mics to a PC or mac, and a suggestion for a product keeping in mind I don't have a huge budget. (Like nothing more than $200)
     
  2. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Boulder, Colorado
    Probably the best solution is a mixer/interface. The right one would combine a mixer with enough inputs for your microphones with a USB interface to your computer. It's probably over your budget. You could get a used mixer and connect it to your computer sound card line input, if it has one. Laptops usually don't but desktop usually do. Using a stock sound card is considered less than optimal, but it may get you by for now.
     
  3. mdb

    mdb Active Member

    Location:
    Okanagan, Canada
    For that price... Possibly the Behringer XENYX 1622FX. It will sum and only send 2 channels by USB and the sound quality will be $200 worth, but it is a mixer with enough preamps and will send the signals to the PC.
     
  4. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Is it possible to simply use a USB hub, and get four USB microphones? would that not work? just plug them in and go?
     

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