What would be the best affordable setup for recording a 3-4 person podcast all in one room?
I think my main problems are with the hardware...
I've tried a few things: using a condenser (Samson C01U http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodid=1810) but there'd too much white noise, I tried connecting a few usb mics to garageband but their reception range was just too close (you literally had to eat the mic to get a proper voice out, maybe they were just crappy...).
I would imagine that an optimal setup would include a personal pinned microphone for each speaker and an external mixer but I was hoping maybe there's a word of advice before purchasing those (affordable is the key) or just an advice which ones to get.
I use osx's garageband to record and levelator after recording.