So I'm in the market for a microphone. I'll be using this for recording vocals and acoustic instruments (guitar, ukulele, violin, etc), and other sounds for musical purposes. I know a condenser mic is the way to go, but my main question is whether I should get a usb mic or an xlr mic. I have an m audio m track, which has xlr inputs and 48v phantom power. I'm just curious if there are any benefits to having xlr over usb, or vice versa.
Some actual microphone recommendations would be appreciated as well! Im willing to spend around $100, but if there's a mic that's great for less that would be cool. Most importantly, I'd like it to be flexible for what it can accomplish musically. I know they sell mics for specific situations, but I only have the money to spend on 1 mic.
I'm currently looking at the blue yeti and the audio technica at2020. There's a usb and xlr version for that last mic, and the xlr version is vastly cheaper. Is there a reason for this?
Also, tell me about pop filters! I know what they're for, but Im not sure how much I should be spending on one.
Thanks in advance!!