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That's a well-known problem. First of all, you shouldn't be using the microphone connector on the laptop. These inputs are usually not only particularly susceptible to buzzing noises, but also to all kinds of distortion and aliasing. Use an external audio interface, there are very affordable USB ones available. Using an interface with XLR inputs, connected ...


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Pretty certainly yes to 1 here, this is an area where most PC laptop manufacturers apparently don't care for quality at all – namely, to answer 2, they tend to use the cheapest microphones and preamps available (it has little to do with software), which is IMO absolutely ok because 3. you should always use external microphones if you care for quality at all, ...


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Put it in a different room! Professional studios do this by having a control room with all of the more noisy equipment, so in a home studio you're going to have to try to approximate that environment as best you can. On a MacBook, you may be able to limit CPU usage in the Energy Saver preference pane. I can't tell you specifically since I'm on an iMac, but ...


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I'd say you really need a balanced line converter. Google will find dozens. Keep the unbalanced connection as short as possible & run the rest balanced. Simply connecting mini-jack to XLR does not balance the signal, it just runs one wire 'empty', making the potential for interference even higher Once balanced, you can run the cables for far ...


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A few quick notes At stage volumes, you really really want to be using a SSD Drive. You will have issues with normal platter style HDD's at stage volumes due to vibration Even with a SSD, you're going to want to sit the laptop on some vibration damping type material. Grab some mopads (designed for acoustically decoupling speakers) and sit it on that, ...


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That should work, as long as you ensure that the PC is not running all sorts of irrelevant software and processes, and you make sure there is enough virtual memory allocated (about 3 Gb - it is probably 32Bit OS, so no point in allocating more - make sure you make a fixed allocation.. no "let windows handle things" here as you may get unnecessary disk ...


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I think your question is actually very misleading. Some Windows based laptops have far superior sound to Macs, and some are much worse. The thing Macs have is consistency, as Apple has control over the entire hardware, whereas there are a million different Windows laptops. So for your 3 questions: 1 - not better generally, nor worse generally, just more ...


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To have lower fan speeds while also not having a cooked laptop, you need to have less heat to remove (i.e. reduce CPU or GPU load) or more efficient passive heat transfer. Luckily, modern MacBooks have metal cases which are quite thermally conductive, which allows many possibilities for improving cooling. Chill the air around the laptop as much as you can (...


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After numerous deep dives into configuration of my Zoom recording device, trials with Audacity to eliminate the recording software as an issue as well as various tests with different volume levels and other settings I found the issue. It turns out that the laptop had the recording frequency set to 48kHz, while I used the 44.1kHz frequency on the Zoom. This ...


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There are a dozen different things that could be called "noise". Unless we can identify exactly what kind of "noise" you are talking about, we probably can't help you much. Take 30 seconds of representative sample (including both normal-level sound, including adequate sample of the noise. Post it somewhere online where we can hear it. Can we assume that ...


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The youth center that I volunteer at has the USB version of that board, which I opened up and modified to put the USB input on a channel strip instead of the tape input. Makes the laptop much more useful that way. Also ended up with a USB isolator to kill a ground loop. Anyway, you have a different problem. You know how it's supposed to work, based on ...


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If you can use your old laptop as a recording device or if you can use it as a DAW with current up to date software are really two different questions. I'm pretty sure you'll be able to use it as a recording device, if you don't do a lot of real time processing. Most of the work for recording will be done by the DCA chip of the audio interface anyway (be it ...


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The on-board mic/line-ins in laptops are at best crappy ;-) "USB Headphones" are likely to remove the typical line noise as the A/D D/A conversion is taking place in the connector itself, only sharing the PSU with the motherboard. About wireless headphones: if you can find a model that specifically states it uses companding techniques to improve the signal,...


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Your MacBook only has Line In and Line Out ports. The Line In port does not contain a microphone preamplifier (You may be able to boost the microphone signal enough to make it useable, but it will most likely still be low in volume and sound weak). However the Line Out (yes - the line out port!) actually contains a real microphone input also (for use with ...


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Built-in mics typically have a massive amount of compression and also variable makeup gain and/or reduction assigned to it at the OS level prior to its input ever making into your DAW software. Likewise, depending on your system's setup, it might also have a gate on it, too, which could explain a lack of something recorded. The signal at that time of your ...


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I think it may just be that your Dell is not up to the task - that's a pretty old machine (2005!). It could be simply failing in one or multiple ways. You could format it, re-install the basics of what you need and try again, but chances are it's not up to the job. Personally, I would never trust a laptop this old in a live situation if there was anything ...


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Firewire ports are definitely hard to find on a PC laptop; I'd suggest looking for USB3 or eSATA instead. You'd need a new external, though, but non-SSD hard drives are silly-cheap per Tb these days. A couple of things extra to mention; firstly, PT8 is a 32-bit application, so its only ever going to be able to use about 3Gb at most of your RAM, even if ...


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In short... Q1. I've never used a usb microphone, but have never heard good things about them from anyone who has a good understanding of audio. Here's a review of the Samson from Sound on Sound (who are a good trustworthy source for audio advice, incidentally): http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jul11/articles/samson-meteor.htm The third paragraph from the ...


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seen as you want to use logic, that narrows it down to a mac. goodluck


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