I'm looking for a good microphone for recording speech (eg. for podcasts, although it might be used for other things too), ideally for under $30.
I'm looking for something that:
Has minimal hiss and reasonable sound quality for its price.
Would work with my current setup, which is a laptop + USB sound card.
I know that $30 (or even less) is not much for a microphone, but I should be able to get something better then my current very cheap one.
There are some fairly cheap ones on Amazon (example), does anyone have experience with the sound quality of these? The page states that it is a condenser microphone, so does it require phantom power?
Any recommendations? Any other tips?