I purchased a cheap wireless handheld microphone (Nady DKW-3), of the style used in PAs and such. It has a 1/4" output. I also purchased a 1/4" to 3.5mm cord to plug the mic into my computer. I can use Audacity to record sound from the microphone, but even with the volume all the way up on both the microphone receiver and the sound card input, the vocal audio is moderate. I'd be able to compensate for this, but the mic receiver is also injecting a rather high level of static into the audio. (Turning the power off at the mic doesn't affect the static, but turning it off at the receiver cuts the static immediately.)
So the question... are the audio systems for PAs and PCs not quite compatible? Do I need to get some sort of mixer/amp to sit between the mic and PC? Could the fact that the cable is TS on the 1/4" side, but TRS on the 3.5mm side have any effect? Is this just what I need to expect from a cheap wireless mic?
Edit: To add a piece of info I discovered later, the "high level of static" I referenced above appeared to be due to the fact that I was plugging this into the Mic In of my sound card. When I switched to the Line In, the static went away. The low audio level issue remained, however.