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I'm not sure if this would be the correct place for this thread, but nonetheless, I'm looking for a new desktop mic. I currently have the cheap Logitech Desktop Mic , and it definitely suffices for normal use. But the more and more I use it now, the more and more I realize how...well...bad it is. It picks up EVERYTHING. I opened up sound recorder in Windows, went into the next room, shut the door, and coughed, and it picked it up. I just need something of higher quality.

I was thinking of getting Audio Technica's AT2020 cause Amazon has it for $66 currently. Any opinions of something possibly cheaper or maybe cheaper and better?
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I bought a Blue Snowball iCE mic a few months back and it has been great for me. The reviews I've seen and read also have been great. If you can mind the look of it (I personally have no problem with it, but some may), it's a great mic.

http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Snowball-Microphone-Aluminum/dp/B002OO333Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336594611&sr=8-1
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i do my podcasts with a snow ball. Quality is excellent. I had to replace the stand with a Rode desktop stand as the height of the bundled stand was too low. I need a pop shield though!
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Hm, the price of that snowball is a bit higher than the AT2020.

I'm almost possibly looking for something that would suffice for singing, not just podcasting and gaming. The main thing I'm concerned with is that if a mic is omni-directional, how sensitive is it to sound that is not directly infront of it. When I game, or do anything for that matter, I always have my TV on and at a fairly decent volume (I can't stand it on mute, I hate silence in my room), and I don't want that picked up.
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Thats what decent microphones do though! Pick up sound! The snow ball has 3 different modes for recording so that may be of interest. If you recording vocals you really wouldn't have any background sound going on. That just doesn't make any sense to me. If I am gaming I generally wear headphones and then the desktop mic won't pick up the game sounds.
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I needed a microphone and I got a cheap microphone and I got what I paid for, it broke within 2 hours. After that I decided just to spend a bit of money to get a quality microphone so I got the snowball ICE. It's rather sensitive and picks up quite a bit of noise. However, the quality is fantastically clear.

Saying that you may want to wait for someone with more experience as I have no idea how it compares with the Audio Technica's AT2020.
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