Production quality is one of most important elements into today's media world and some amateurs are even capable of producing higher quality pieces than the professionals did just 5 years ago. While video quality is always an important aspect, sound is equally important and can make or break your creative piece.

In this article, I'm going to touch on two microphones that plug directly into your computer via USB and offer excellent audio performance without hurting your wallet. Surely, there are more models in this price range that are equally as good though I chose to recommend the following two based on their reputation in the tech community as well as my own personal experience. I hope this helps prospective buyers choose the right microphone for their specific needs!

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Blue Yeti

The Yeti by Blue Microphones is one of the most popular options in this price range as it is well-built, has an attractive design, excellent performance, and most importantly won't break the bank. Internally the Yeti offers 3 condenser capsules which makes it ideal for recording audio in virtually any situation. This model also includes access to an integrated gain control, mute button, and a zero-latency headphone output.  The Yeti comes in a choice of three colors: Silver, Black, or Platinum.
Price: $100-$150 (see current prices by visiting retailers below)
Retailer Links: Amazon –  BHPhoto  – Best Buy

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Audio-Technica AT2020

The AT2020 by Audio-Technica is yet another popular option which uses a side-address studio condenser to produce crystal-clear audio that is perfect for voiceovers, podcasts, or interviews. The AT2020 was designed with a custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm to offer extended frequency response and excellent transient response. Included with the AT2020 is a tripod desk stand with a pivoting stand mount which allows it to sit nicely next to your recording computer.
Price: $100-$150 (see current prices by visiting retailers below)
Retailer Links: Amazon –  BHPhoto  – Best Buy