Most of the microphones that I use for my voice-over work are USB microphones. This means that they connect to my computer using a USB cable, which makes them easy to use since I don't have to use a mixer or another kind of adapter to make them work with my computer.
But sometimes, I like to pick up a “regular” microphone, which, in this case, is a microphone that is NOT a USB connecting microphone.
Firstly, for a change of pace.
There is a certain ceiling for the quality of sound that you can get using USB microphones. There usually are some trade-offs you have to make for the convenience of having a USB microphone, and that's usually with the sound quality.
I truly LOVE my USB mic (a Blue Yeti) and I use it almost every day.
But even it has some things about it I don't like.
So the microphone that I purchased today (and as of posting this review, I'm still waiting for it to arrive) is the MXL 440 Studio Condenser Microphone. I just happened to see it on special sale (actually, the Amazon price matched the price of where I bought it) and since I was already buying something today (a step-up ring for one of my video cameras), I decided to just pick up this microphone as well.
Didn't really overthink it. Just googled for a review of it, and I found this very nice video review. Have a look…
So in this video you do get a chance to hear what the microphone sounds like, and I like it.
There is more involved in using this type of microphone with your computer. And if I'm being honest, this is NOT the microphone I would recommend for a first-time microphone buyer.
However, if you are looking for another option and you are looking to keep it well under $100, this is one to check out.