I just joined these forums, so asking a question like this probably won't start me off on the right foot, but here goes: I am currently using an AT2020 USB microphone. Now I am attempting to dive a little deeper into the recording world, so my first task was going to be purchasing a new microphone. I read countless reviews on many different mics, and I have come to the conclusion that the AT4050 fits my criteria perfectly. Now brace yourselves, because here comes the pathetic question. I have only the smallest idea of how to approach the task of connecting the AT4050 to my computer. I have read a lot about preamps and mixers, but the more I read, the more confused I become. Basically, what I'm asking is, what is a good mode of connecting the microphone to my Toshiba laptop? I would appreciate all answers to be written in the simplest possible form. Please and thank you to everyone.