First time posting on here. My mother's apartment complex like to record their board meeting and are on a small (< $300) budget. There should be four board members speaking, each should have a microphone. In addition, there should be one camera. And of course, I have a laptop. The only problem is I don't really know anything about sound equipment. Someone recommended that I use a mixer of some sort, as in http://www.amazon.com/Alesis-MultiMix-USB-Four-Channel-Mixer/dp/B001T9O5VG/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431716148&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=multi+channel+usb+audio+interface+mixer ,
Alesis MultiMix 4 USB Four-Channel USB Mixer:
but I've never used a mixer before. My only microphone is a laptop microphone, but apparently I'm supposed to use something with a non-usb like plug, like this: http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-ULTRAVOICE-XM1800S-Cardioid-Microphones/dp/B000NJ2TIE/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1431717049&sr=8-5&keywords=microphone
Behringer ULTRAVOICE XM1800S Dynamic Cardioid Vocal Microphone:
Also, the microphone says it doesn't come with a cord or an amp. I don't know anything about microphone cords or amps. What kind of chords should I get? Will this work?
CBI MLC20 Low Z XLR Microphone Cable, 20 Foot:
The four channel mixer says it only has 2 XLR holes, does that mean that I will need to supplement 2 XLR-F to XLR-M cables (like in the picture above) with 2 XLR to 1/4" jack cables (like in the picture below)? Note that the picture below depicts an unbalanced cable, not a balanced one. Would I need to use a balanced cable/jack, or will an unbalanced one do? Please help me make my mother's board meeting recording a success.
Will this Hosa Technology PXF105 XLR3F to 1/4-Inch TS 5-Feet Unbalanced Interconnect Cable work with that mixer?
Or will I need a balanced cable, like this one:
Hosa HSS005 Pro Balanced REAN 1/4-Inch TRS Interconnect Cable, 5-Feet
Or maybe an XLR cable hooked into one of these balanced adapters:
HOSA GXP-143 XLR Female to Balanced 1/4 inch Male Adapter:
The way my mother explained the board meeting is set up, the four board members set side by side on a rectangular table in a room and all face in the same direction, towards a (relatively quiet audience). The board members face the audience and the audience members face the board members. People in the audience are supposed to be able to post or ask questions to the board and the board is supposed to be able to reply to repeat those questions or concerns into a microphone. I was thinking a $80 4-output usb mixer (see link/picture in question) with one end connected to a laptop and the other end connected to relatively cheap (