For a few years now, I've been wanting to be a voice actor. Of course, more important things came up first and I've not had the money or time to buy equipment or even learn about equipment. So, I'm about to ask for a TON of information.
After doing a bit of research, I've find that condenser microphones are best to get a clear voice recorded and I've been looking at the AT2020 as a beginning mic. However, I see that most mics require "phantom power". Without knowing exactly what it is (First question: What is phantom power?), I found that preamps are a solution to this problem, having higher quality than the USB solution. Looking for affordable preamps, however is difficult and I have no idea where to start (Question 2: What's a good preamp, preferably in the $100 - $150 range?). After even more research, I see these "sound cards" pop up such as the M-Audio MobilePre. (Question 3 & 4: What are these sound cards and what do they do?) Then, of course, I realize that, DUH, I need a pop-filter. So, (Question 6 what's a good pop-filter to go with an AT2020?
Sorry for my newbishness, it's just because, well, I'm a newb.