Heya RO folks! I've been doing some reading up on gear for podcasting, but I've still got a few info gaps I want to clear up before ponying up the dough for equipment. I'm finding little information out there on recording spoken voice, as opposed to singing. Most of the discussions on microphone choice are for vocals as an instrument. And for podcasting, it's either podcasting on the cheap with USB microphones or high end with additional equipment with gates, limiters, and compressors, etc. The pro quality equipment can come later. But right now I just want to record podcasts where it's just me or somebody I am interviewing. Here is the set-up I'm considering: Dynamic microphone, don't have one picked out yet but maybe a used Shure Behringer Xenyx 502 or 802 Behringer USB interface UFO 202 or UCA 222 Audacity The main question I have is with quality difference between a dynamic mic with and without a pre-amp. If I go with another mixer that is not equipped with a pre-amp, will I still need to bump up the dynamic mic level to line level? Or does a mixer automatically convert mic to line? Another option I was thinking was going from the mixer or even just a uni-directional mic to hard disc recorder. Part of the reason is that USB interfaces aren't as good as more expensive fire wire interfaces. But for the money, I would rather have the occasional portability option of a handheld recorder and a single microphone. Many thanks for any advise on this. Cheers!