I do quite a lot of speaking, and I like to record the audio to my notebook computer. When I had a Sony Vaio, the internal sound card did a very good job – certainly broadcast quality. However, since I bought a new Samsung notebook computer, the internal sound card is horrid for recording – far too much hiss. I can play about with settings and turn the hiss down, but the overall quality is not acceptable.
Therefore, I want to buy an external sound card. Sadly, prices range from under £1 to infinity, and I just don’t have time to look at them all.
What I want is something that costs about £40 and that will give reasonably clean recorded sound. I want good voice recording, but also want to be able to connect a record player and other external devices at some point in the future. Since this will be bought for me as a Christmas present, I want something that works out of the box and lets me look nicely grateful.
All advice gratefully received.