Hey all, for Christmas I've decided to get some gear to start my own little at home recording place. Now I don't know exactly how much money I have to spend, but probably $150-200. I've already got quite a few recording programs though, so I don't think that should be an issue (Audacity, Soundbooth, GP5, Sonar).

I have a couple questions for you good UGers. Is all I need a mic and a mic-to-USB cable to start recording? or do I need a mixer and/or something else?

What gear would you recommend for my budget? I'm willing to spend the whole budget on a mic and cable if that's all I need.

Thanks in advance, everybody.