How do I use two microphones on one computer with only one microphone slot?
#938857 - 06/09/11 09:07 AM
I have a computer that has one 3.5mm Jack microphone slot. I have my microphone that
I plug in and use. When I use my computer with friends we sometimes struggle to use the
same microphone because we have to keep passing it around. We have another microphone but
can only plug in one at a time. What can I do so I can use both?
-------------------- amateur video maker & media tool developer
Re: How do I use two microphones on one computer with only one microphone slot?
#938864 - 06/09/11 10:01 AM
Fundamentally, you need to upgrade your system, which will start you down the slippery
slope of gear lust!
To use two mics together you either need to record them on
two seperate channels (allowing you to process and balance them separately later on), or
to mix their signals together and record as a combined entity.
To do the
latter, you'll need a mixer of some kind -- and they're available across a huge range of
prices and with a huge ange of facilities. You might find something able to accommodate
the outputs from a couple of low-end mics and feed the signal to the line input socket on
your computer's sound card interface at Maplins or similar -- probably something intended
for home video editing etc. That kind of stuff is really outside my experience and
probably that of most others here.
A better approach, technically and
sonically, would be to buy an external audio interface which would link to the computer
via USB or Firewire. That would give you much better quality mic preamps and monitoring
facilities, and open the door to using much higher quality mics. Again, there's a huge
range to choose from, and with two channels up to dozens of channels.
going further with this, do you have a budget in mind, and maybe an end-goal?
-------------------- Technical Editor, Sound On Sound