I am often asked what microphone I use to record The Wired Educator Podcast. A lot of people like the sound of my voice and assume it is an expensive microphone costing hundreds of dollars. Not so. The mic I use only costs $64, is easy to use, and sounds great.
I use the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone purchased on Amazon for I plug it into my MacBook via USB and I do not use a mixing board or anything like that. If you want to go fancier and more expensive, you can, but this mic sounds great!
For the first seventeen episodes of my podcast I used the headset of my iPhone with my mic. I finally invested in this microphone, and now I receive compliments on the sound quality and my voice each week. (I do not think my voice sounds great, but who does? Others think so and that really is a great compliment, and I am flattered. Still… it has more to do with this mic than me, I believe.)
Here is the microphone I use to record my podcast, narrate audio books for authors, and more: