One of the most important tools I work with daily is a microphone. My radio studio has top-level equipment and I have built a decent facsimile in my home office. The Tempo Microphone from MXL is my choice because of its audio capability and ease of use with my computer.
The Tempo is an all-purpose USB mic for recording on your PC or Mac – with no other equipment. Connect it to your computer. Record your vocals or instruments. Plug into the mic’s headphone jack for zero-latency monitoring and crystal clear playback. You’ll get professional-sounding results, whether you’re recording music, podcasts or voice-overs.
The microphone also works with a wide variety of online voice and video chat services like Skype and Google Chat. $79.95