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Best microphone for the $50-$100 range? I was looking at the AT2020, it is only $63 on amazon right now, and then it is $12 for a converter that looks kind of unreliable. The AT2020 looks a lot better built that the MXL and Blue mics.

This is intended for video editing and gaming... I probably should have mentioned that before. She is worried about picking up background noise.

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post #2 of 7
Blue Yeti is my recommendation.

http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Yeti-USB-Microphone/dp/B002VA464S
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You could either get the $62 XLR mic, which requires cables and a mic preamp, or the USB version of the AT2020 for $113, which is pretty much plug and play. Adding in cables and a decent preamp would probably bring the cost to around the same as the USB version, but would allow you to upgrade the mic or preamp individually later on. A stand and pop filter would be other nice additions, allowing you to use the mic at lower gain and closer to your face. This reduces background noise pickup.

A cheaper option to look at would be the Samson meteor mic USB for $67
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Well if you want to save some money, Rockband microphones are surprisingly good quality, as in comparable with Yetis and Blue Snowballs, and can be easily found at a used game store for around $15.

I use one for Skyping with friends and they're amazed when I tell them I'm using a Rockband mic.
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This is intended for video editing and gaming... I probably should have mentioned that before. She is worried about picking up background noise.
Does that change the recommendations? Her current headset mic is not good enough and picks up too much crap in her room.
 
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This is intended for video editing and gaming... I probably should have mentioned that before. She is worried about picking up background noise.
Does that change the recommendations? Her current headset mic is not good enough and picks up too much crap in her room.

Like I said, the key is to get the mic close to your mouth so you can set the gain low. If you just set it on the desk, you will have to set the gain higher to get sufficient voice volume and that will also pick up background noise.
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http://www.amazon.com/MXL-Mics-MXL-TEMPO-SK-Condenser-Microphone/dp/B004OC5WMG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365358973&sr=8-1&keywords=mXL+sk
We ended up choosing this. Listening to test samples showed it sounded a lot better than the Snowball while being $30 cheaper than the AT2020 or Yeti.
 
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