I'd been meaning to make some MP3 recordings of myself reading obscure books, but never got around to it because of health problems and lack of equipment.
And now the guy I was going to make the recordings for has gone and died on me.
I'm not getting any younger myself either. So I've decided to go ahead with this project anyway, even though the fellow I was going to send the recordings to is no longer among the living. Maybe someone else will appreciate them.
The main thing that's held me back has been the cost of a decent digital audio recorder and microphone. So the project never got done because I was being so darned fussy about the quality of the equipment that I fancied I would need to do it right. Now I just want to get it done, quality be damned.
It just occurred to me that I've already got Audacity installed on my laptop, so it seems like all I would really need would be a half-way decent microphone for voice recording.
Am I on the right track here? Could I just plug a microphone into my hand-me-down laptop and start making voice recordings?
If so, then could you recommend an affordable microphone that would be suitable for voice recording? And perhaps, suggestions on where I could start looking for a second-hand mic?
I'd also like to be able to add background music to the voice readings. Can that be done with Audacity? Or will I need a dedicated mixing program?