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    Need help getting rid of white noise while recording vocals on laptop

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    Hi, I'm trying to record vocals on my laptop which I thought would be simple once I get a proper mic but I'm still having problems with getting white noise in the background. I got the Shure SM58 mic today from a shop and after closer inspection I believe it's an original. After looking around the internet for answers I'm under the impression that the white noise is somehow caused by directly connecting the mic to the laptop. I had the same white noise problem with the Samson Go mic which supports this hypothesis. So from what I can surmise, getting a mixer should fix this problem? I do have a Roland Micro Cube guitar amp and I'm wondering if I can use that in place of a mixer. Though I would have to get a wire that connects the amp to the laptop if that even exists, I wonder if it would be a cheaper solution that's similarly effective to getting a mixer. I am concerned if it is my laptop(an Acer Aspire 4738) itself that is the root of the problem, but it's what I have to work with. I'll also try to see after recording some vocals if noise filter from a software is a good enough solution.

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    What you need is a decent preamp - easiest solution is to buy a USB Audio Interface (which willhave a mic preamp).

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    You can't find preamps by themselves?

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    Yes, you can. And they usually cost more than an audio interface.
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    You can buy a $50 Behringer mixer and use the pre-amps and line out if you prefer, but for $10 more, you can get a Behringer USB interface and have the ad/da converters.

    Clarification: neither will give you great results. Look in the $100-150 range for decent, and up for good to great. But just to put vocals down with less white noise (noise floor) you'll want to get away from the $0.36 ad/da converter set in your sound card.
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    So the white noise is because of my sound card, can you please explain why getting a preamp means the sound card won't be a factor?

    As you can tell I really dont know anything about recording I really just want to start recording stuff and the only obstacle is the white noise I'll probably be content with anything if it's not bad. :/

    Thanks for the help so far

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    Never said it would. Said (or tried to) using a USB interface for $10 more than a mixer would be better because you are replacing the converters.
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    Oh sorry, it's the converter in my sound card is what's causing the white noise, so getting a preamp with a better converter would use the preamp's converter instead of mine right? So getting a preamp is the best/cheapest/simplest solution to getting a better converter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrax View Post
    Oh sorry, it's the converter in my sound card is what's causing the white noise, so getting a preamp with a better converter would use the preamp's converter instead of mine right? So getting a preamp is the best/cheapest/simplest solution to getting a better converter?
    Did you read through the 2 threads I linked in post #2? Really - do a bunch of reading before buying any gear, you'll save some money in the long run and learn some stuff too.
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    I'm trying to read them but to be honest, it's a bunch information that I dont have experience in/don't really understand/not that interested in and it goes over my head. I don't believe I'll really be exploring recording deeply in the future I just wanna know how to record without the white noise and get to doing it asap. :/

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