My Windows XP laptop has a sound card that's integrated with the motherboard.
I've tried doing some recording directly into Audacity using my headset microphone, but I always get an unacceptable level of noise when I record that way. Using the Roland EDIROL R-09HR I have results in a much, much cleaner signal, but I lose the convenience of recording directly into the computer that way.
Short of adding an external sound card, are there any ways to reduce or eliminate the noise I'm getting from my sound card?
Audacity can get rid of it in post-processing, but it also warns that the Noise Removal tool can have negative effects on the audio.
My primary use case is to record batches of words for a software project that I then slice up into files using the Sound Finder and Export Multiple tools.
(I just know someone's going to say "get a new laptop" or "replace the motherboard" or something like that...)