Like the title says; I'm looking for a mic primarily to do voice recording (voiceover and podcast, though mostly the former so I guess somewhat more range necessary to accommodate shouting/screaming), plus some sound effect/ambient noise recording for fun. I have no budget at all, so I'm looking in the $100 range, and fully understand that I'm not going to get anything really nice for that. That said, Google searching, reviews, and poking around this forum have me looking at the new Blue Yeti and the Audio-Technica AT2020. Price wise they're pretty similar--Amazon currently has the AT2020 for about $100, and the Yeti was $115 yesterday, though if that sale ends it might be a bit before I find another bargain on it. I'm a geek but don't know much about audio, so I thought maybe someone here might be able to point me in the right direction on a few questions: 1) At first I was looking at separate mic+audio interface, but it's looking like in my price range I may get better quality (if less future flexibility) with a USB mic. If the sound coming out of it is decent, the easier setup is also a plus. Is this reasonable, or are USB mics just too crappy to do the job right? 2) Anybody have experience or a comparison review between the AT2020 and Yeti? On paper the Yeti has a slightly broader range (20-20kHz vs 20-16k for the 2020), and the additional flexibility offered by the three-capsule design sounds great, but does that work in practice? As for sound quality in practice, I found one c|net review linked from here with actual voice samples (albeit short ones) of each, and the Yeti sounded much better--I don't know if I'd have been 100% pleased if the audio I got out of my new $100 mic was the AT2020 sample, but I definitely would be happy with the Yeti sample. Was that just a factor of the recording environment, or is it really that much nicer? Anybody have personal experience with either? 3) Any idea if the Yeti is going to be usable on a budget shockmount if I buy one? There are plenty of shockmounts Google shows me that claim to fit the 2020, but it looks visually like the Yeti has different mounting style than most other mics, but I have zero experience to draw on. 4) If appearance isn't important, is the ghetto jar lid + pantyhose solution going to do an acceptable job as a pop filter, or would I be better off buying something proper? And... 5) If USB mics are a bad idea, what should I be looking at in my price range? Note that I'm not a musician at all, so I'm pretty sure my needs are strictly limited to voice and sampling.