If you’re a podcaster, musician or just need a solid mic that plugs directly into the USB port on your computer, check out the Audio-Technica AT2020 USB cardioid condenser microphone. It works seamlessly with just about any audio software available (GarageBand, Logic, etc…) and is both Mac and PC compatible.
The AT2020′s low self-noise makes it perfect for any number of situations, including field recording, podcasting, studio work and voiceovers. Whatever you can throw at it, this microphone will be able to handle it.
The AT2020′s custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm provides extended frequency response and superior transient response and its cardioid polar pattern reduces the pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, which means all you hear is exactly what the mic is supposed to pick up.
The Audio-Technica AT2020 comes with a tripod desk stand, pivoting stand mount, USB cable and carrying pouch and is available for $102.