Recording directly to laptop?
I am totally new to this field, so forgive this elementary question.
I haven’t seen any talk about field recording directly onto a laptop hard disk. Is there some reason why a laptop is an impractical recording device?
I’m picturing using a mic hooked up through a jack adapter into the audio input port of the laptop to first capture the sound and then using Pro Tools software to then record the sound. If the typical audio input port on a laptop does not offer professional-level quality capture, then I could use either a pc card, serial port, usb, or firewire interface between the mic and the computer.
Can this be done to create audio recordings of broadcast-level quality?
(Bonus question: can a Pocket PC be used to achieve the same thing?)