Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday afternoon. I decided to try and get started doing some recording with my computer today. I've been using an old analog Fostex 4-track for the last year and a half and I thought I would try to get with the times.
First, I have a pretty old computer, AMD K-6 450 MHz with 320 of RAM. My sound card is just the one that came with my computer, its a ESS PCI Audiodrive 1969. I have a couple Shure SM58's and am looking just to record some acoustic guitar and vocals, either together or one track at a time. Just a sketch pad basically, nothing fancy.
Now I know that I need to update my hardware, but I just wanted to try and get this to work so I can find out if it is worth investing the money.
This is what I have done, I downloaded Audacity, which from what I have read seems like a pretty decent freeware. I then took and ran one of my mics directly into the mic input on my soundcard using an adapter to get it to a mini plug. I got everything installed and set up and hit record on Audacity to see if I could get anything to record. What came out is pretty worthless, I can sort of make out what I was playing but I am getting serious crackling and it seems to be changing the pitch of what I am doing, it just sounds horrible, just broken sounds that sound seriously distorted.
Any help or advice would be appreciated!