Catherine Livingston wrote:Some of the recordings I have done with the mic a bit further away sound much better but the volume is low. It's difficult to get it just right because I lean over to turn on the recording on my computer and bump the mic out of place.
I assume that you're using an USB mic connected to Windows7 PC? I recall there is a problem that Win7 audio USB drivers are optimized for headset mics, and there simply isn't enough gain to record from a distance more suitable for classical guitar recording (50-100cm).
One possible solution would be to look for Universal ASIO driver to use with the mic. But then it's up to your recording software whether it recognizes that driver or not.
However, If you're getting serious about recording yourself, I would suggest to get a "proper" mic with XLR connection. The cheapest small diaphragm condensers cost only 30$ or thereabouts, but naturally you'll only get what you pay for. With that kind of mic you'll need an audio interface box to connect to the computer with USB, or alternatively a small mixer such as Mackey 402VLZ4 (which I happen to have myself) to provide the phantom power for the mic(s) and to get a an analog line level signal to any recording device accepting analog line audio input. Either of these devices cost in the vicinity of 100-200$ although there are cheaper options as well, but it's probably not worth the saved $.
The third option is to look for software solutions to amplify the audio outside the video, and then put it back to video. If you don't want your recordings' volume to vary from one recording to the next, that's something you'd probably want to do in any case.
All this of course comes with a learning curve, which you may or may not enjoy depending on how technically-minded you are
Perhaps that's something to get into during the summer months?