Nessie by Blue Microphones Category: USB Microphone Works With: iMac, MacBook Price: $99.95
A seriously condensed condenser mic, Blue’s Nessie (named after the famous Loch Ness monster) advertises itself as one of the premier USB microphones out there, a device capable of capturing studio-quality recordings for everything from polished music demos to broadcast-standard voiceovers.
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