cool09 wrote:What's the best PC microphone to use for recording guitar? I bought several online and they don't seem to work well even after drivers installed. Using Audacity and Goldwave audio software. What am I doing wrong? (Using WIndows 7 Pro and Realtek audio manager.)
There are a ton of threads about this. Use the search function.
The short answer is : there are too many variables to say a mic is "best". Best at what price? Best for what task? Recording practices ? Recording performances? Recording for audio demo/resume?
The cheap route is something like a Blue SnowBall USB mic for <$50. I use one for my online classes and YouTube posts. It works great for that stuff. A more expensive answer is a Focusrite 2i2 interface and a matched pair of Rode M5's for ~$300 total. My AudioTechnica ATH-M50X are excellent playback headphones for ~$100. Always buy excellent cables - don't scrimp here --> + more $$$
But you really need to take a systems approach. You may have acceptable mics, but you may not hear it if your playback system sucks, or your mics may suck; you just can't tell with cheap components throughout your system.
I can tell you that I get good results with my Blue SnowBall for <$50. Blue makes a Yeti Pro that is very nice and easy to use at ~$225. The costs rise rapidly and insanely once you start to upgrade the system, or worse, seek "audiophile quality" ...
I hope this helps.