help me choose a mic? 

#Audio folks, I'm thinking of getting a used BM-800 #microphone for super cheap, mostly for (very) amateur #voiceActing. Is there something I should know? I want to use it on Linux. The sound card is the builtin one of an ASUS P5B-VM motherboard.
If I understand correctly, I don't need more hardware to make it sort of work, but a better sound card might be needed for good audio quality.
Is my assessment correct? Am I missing something?

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help me choose a mic? 

@csepp I recommend getting the Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Generation). You should be able to find one used for between $50 and $100 (they're $120 new I think) and they work flawlessly with Linux and are noise-free. They have switchable +48v phantom power and adjustable gain, and the 'halo lights' let you know if your levels are right. I tried a million cheap XLR USB audio interfaces and this is the best for your money.

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help me choose a mic? 

@csepp The other cheap option that would work here is the Shure Motiv MVI, which has some preset equalizer options and a mute button. I prefer the Focusright because it's more versatile (you can plug an XLR mic and a 1/4" instrument jack in simultaneously, while the Shure MVI only takes one or the other at a time).

help me choose a mic? 

@khm Thanks! I looked up some ebay listings, it looks like this is just an audio interface, but some have headphones and a mic too. Did you try those as well, or just the interface?
Best bang for buck sounds nice, but I might be fine with somewhat less bang for less buck.

help me choose a mic? 

@khm (plus I don't really plan on recording instruments so these might be overkill)

help me choose a mic? 

@csepp I never tried any bundles. Any old headphones should work in the monitoring port. If you'd be ok with less bang for less buck, then I strongly recommend a USB microphone, something like the Blue Snowball ICE, the Samson Q2U, or the JLab Talk. These are all pretty cheap used.

Almost without exception, XLR mics are going to be more expensive to connect to a computer than USB mics, and the quality difference at this price point isn't worth worrying about.

help me choose a mic? 

@khm These look good, thanks!

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