Here's our Hardware Tip for.. November 26, 1999
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Computer Microphones--Part 2 of 5
You'll most likely connect your new microphone to the microphone jack on your PC's sound card. Therein lies the problem: In recording, your microphone is really only as good as your sound card, because that's where your audio processing takes place. Whatever you do, don't spend a fortune on a microphone only to plug it into an inferior sound board. In general, it's best to install a microphone and sound board combination in which both products are at about the same level of quality.

Before you purchase a computer microphone, investigate your sound card and then read some product reviews and find out how that card stacks up against its competitors. This research will help you decide what level of microphone is suitable for your particular system.