Frankly, I made things difficult for myself. When I jumped into the marketplace for a microphone, I was determined to not buy a Blue Yeti. Everybody has a Blue Yeti. It drives me a little nuts, actually. So, instead, I challenged myself to find something better.
And that’s exactly what I managed to do: I bought myself one of these NT-USB microphones, and I swear by the thing. It’s a cardioid-only microphone, so it’s only really suitable for podcasting or studio recording, but its sound quality performs the Blue Yeti by far. Trust me—I own both microphones (I did not purchase the Blue Yeti, I was given one), and the RØDE is the superior device without any post-processing. If you would like to hear a sample, just go and listen to my podcast!
Unfortunately, this microphone is a little bit more expensive than the Blue Yeti, but I think it’s absolutely worth the money. It also comes with a metal pop filter designed to reduce the sound of plosives (harsh bursts of air generated by certain consonants), and a little tripod so you can stand the microphone up on your desk or wherever you’re recording. If you’re considering doing serious vocal recording, I recommend picking one of these guys up.