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NAMM: Aphex® Introduces the New “Microphone X” USB Microphone with Analog Processing

...than they should be IMHO. A dbx 286s is a great channel strip as well and I can get an AT2005USB/XLR mic and a dbx 286s for the same price as the one USB only Mic X, and have the flexibility to use either USB or XLR. We each draw our on conclusions and...

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Buy new Sound Card or new Microphone?

Criteria - Dynamic mic and cheap :) Take a look at the Audio Technica AT2005 USB Also has an XLR connector so if you ever do get an interface again, it'll be usable. Shootout of Podcast mics including the AT2005 USB with samples. USB Dynamic Podcasting Mic Shootout | recording hacks There are a couple of YouTube demos...

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Budget Dynamic Microphones

Yup, I have the AT2005USB which is essentially the same thing. It does a decent job on voice.

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Building on the heritage of the renowned 20 Series line of studio microphones, Audio-Technica’s new AT2005USB is an all-purpose microphone designed to take you from the stage to the studio and beyond. This rugged handheld microphone offers two outputs, USB output for digital recording, and an XLR output that connects with a sound system’s conventional microphone input for use in live performance. The microphone plugs right into your computer’s USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. The AT2005USB also offers a quality analog-to-digital converter for excellent fidelity, and a headphone output with level control for monitoring. Its cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear. The microphone is ideal for live performance, podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use.