I have a behringer USB microphone and the quality of the songs I record aren't that good, I'm planning on buying a soundcard. What type of soundcard will be compatible with my microphone? I need help
closed as off-topic by Todd Wilcox, Tim, Doktor Mayhem♦ Oct 15 '16 at 15:11
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A USB microphone (unless it has a line-out output as well but it would surprising if feeding that into an additional soundcard would significantly boost the quality) is not compatible with soundcards since it effectively contains its own soundcard.
Most internal soundcards don't offer phantom power for their microphone inputs but at best "plugin power". Most microphones compatible with that are of mediocre quality. If you can get them, stereo microphones intended for minidisc recorders were comparatively good in spite of their small form factor. Of similar quality are the microphone capsules in most standalone hand-held recorders.
Even if there are some offering pretty good frequency range and linearity, all of those suffer from the limited signal-to-noise ratio of tiny-membrane microphones. So recordings will be noisy.
Serious microphones tend to require phantom power, and you'll usually need an external sound interface for that (make sure that it does offer microphone inputs with phantom power before buying). While often singers' microphones are dynamic microphones not requiring phantom power, once you want to record instruments as well, you'll hardly be able to do without.
"songs I record" is very unspecific as to what you are actually recording. Once you need a multitrack solution, stuff can become arbitrarily complex and expensive. Particularly if you reliably want to replay existing tracks while recording the next.