Sound card?

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In the system requirements for Camtasia Studio a sound card is recommended:
"Dedicated Windows-compatible sound card, microphone, and speakers (Recommended)"

However, in the guide to audio recording, it is stated that a USB microphone is recommend. That seems contradictory. If a USB mic is used, what difference would it make if the machine has a sound card?
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David Smith

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jbasart

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I have used both in recording and the USB microphone (in my case a headset) gets the best sound quality by a large margin.

The microphone on your laptop or PC usually isn't very good for recording audio for these purposes.
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I think the usb mics. work for webinars or live stuff. For sreen capture I use a Lav. mic directly into the Laptop mic/headphone jack. Some Laptops have crappy "pre-amps" so it may work differently for some depending on the quality of your computer. My old laptop had a crappy preamp. My new one is much better.
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Thank you, jbasart and Brian, for taking the time to reply. I may not have explained my question clearly, though.

I am not planning on using the internal microphone on my computer. The two option I am considering are:

(1) Getting a good quality usb microphone; or

(2) Installing a good quality dedicated sound card to my desktop computer then buying a good quality microphone that connects to the sound card.

In techsmith's audio guide, they state that option (1) is best. However, on the system requirements, they state that a dedicated sound card is recommended.

If I was to use a usb microphone, what would be the point of also getting dedicated sound card?

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