I use this microphone for audio-book recording. I had been warned in some reviews that MXL microphones have an obtrusive self-noice but I have not noticed this in any of my recordings. The sound is very un-coloured and voice tones are repoduced very accurately. Some may find the sound a little dull, but I suspect that that could be a case of bad workmen finding fault with their tools. Product is very easy to set up, requires no special drivers and comes in a handy travel case with a desktop stand, long USB cable and windshield. It has everything one would need for good quality voice recording and podcasting. N.B. A pop screen is highly recommended to deal with plosive voice sounds and to protect the device against moisture.