A decent large diaphragm condenser microphone and a dynamic microphone such as the Shure SM57 should get you going quite well. Your Apogee interface does have phantom power according to the specs I read, which you'll need for a condenser mic, so you won't need any additional outboard preamps to get going. You'll be fine starting out with the preamps you have in your interface. Learning about microphone placement and recording fundamentals is more important than anything else at this stage of your recording experience.
I'm not going to recommend any particular brand or model of microphones at the moment. There are many good choices available within your budget that are too numerous to list, but I will say do your research on what catches your fancy when looking at what is in your budget as the internet is loaded with user reviews. The good news is that there are a lot of decent, yet affordable microphones out there these days, and as you master the fundamentals of recording, along with a desire to learn and work hard at it, it's possible to get great results.
There are many home recording and project studio dedicated boards and blogs out there, along with people willing to teach and help. I wish you well on your journey into recording.
Last edited by thumpbass1 : 02-15-2013 at 06:45 AM.