We bought a Samson C01U, a large condensor, USB connected, microphone for direct recording to a computer.
The microphone includes a USB cable and a 2.75″ (69.85 mm) table top tripod stand. I recommend a heavy desktop base like this On Stage DS7200B Adjustable Desk Microphone Stand and the Samson SP01 Shockmount, which cuts down on vibration when that truck drives by, but makes it look really professional.
It’s pretty much plug and play with Windows or Macs,
Sansom has a “software preamp, SoftPre, that has an input level meter, volume control, high-pass filter and phase switch. (per Samson: “The SoftPre Applet is no longer available, as it is not necessary. The applet featured three options which can be found both in your Operating System’s settings as well as in your recording software.”)
Skype will never sound any better.