I'm looking for some basic help in recording musical instrument to computer. I'm using a Mad Dog predator 5.1, 6 channel sound card. The mic I'm using is a Sony ECM-MS907. The recording software is the freeware version of Goldwave. For playback I am using a cheap set of powered speakers. My problem is the sound level of the recordings is always weak. I know the speakers are capable of producing loud sounds by playing CDs at top volume. I've worked my way through every corner of Goldwave trying to bring the recording level up. I've also done the same to my computer. I'm running XP with a four year old processor. The hard drive and Ram have been updated recently. I am playing the intrument six inches from the mic. I've used both the 120 and 90 degree options. I always get a very weak recording.
Is this my sound card? if so what card is recommended for recording musical instruments, something affordable? Is there an option I'm not seeing in Goldwave? Is Goldwave the software to use? By the way the same thing happens when I use MS sound recorder.
Any help would be most appreciated.