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You said pro quality, so do it the pro way. You have to capture the sound, that is what a microphone does. Some little radio Shack condenser mic capsules might sound OK, but they are not remotely professional quality. And Conrad is certainly correct that the 741 op amp is ancient history, there are far better contemporary choices.

As Conrad also pointed out, USB is strictly a digital connection, you would not get anything wiring a microphone to a USB cable.

Microphones that come with 1/8" plugs are indeed cheap mics of limited performance, but that isn't the connector's fault. If you wired a good mic to a 1/8" plug and connected it to a good sound card, it would sound good.

How will you be recording the sounds once they are in your computer? There are high quality recording software packages. And they anticipate the need to get sound signals into the computer, so a number of companies make audio I/O interface units.

There are USB mixers. You can plug several microphones into one, as with any mixer, but it has an additional USB output so you can send the mix directly into a computer. Here is just one choice from many:

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Musical production question: recording vocals

by heinsonlive

I have a phantom powered condenser microphone and I want to know how to get it to work and connect to a computer sound card. I have a notebook computer and think I need to get some type of external sound card- basically something better than the factory card I have now. If I won't be able connect it to a sound card, what do I need to get it to record directly to my editing software, Adobe Audition 3.0, with very high quality? Trying to get a truly professional sound for a song I've written.
Here is the mic:

AKG C1000

by Seacrest

Also I've got a AudioTechnica battery powered condenser thats pretty good for overhead mic or acoustic.
Battery powered mics are electret condensers. Phantom powered mics are usually regular diaphram condenser. Its a slightly different mic.
Some electret condensers are very good, but these usually also run on phantom power too and I find they sound better with actual phantom power. The AKG C1000 is sort of an industry standard for certain applications and its battery powered.

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