Hello, I am new to recording in general. I have been able to figure out most things on my own after throwing hours on the problems, but I have been having some trouble recording vocals. I am using a DPO1 (because of my tight budget). As you may know if you are familiar with this recorder there are no XLR type inputs. So I have been got a cable that could go directly into my DPO1. The mic I am using is a cheap dynamic (its all I have to work with at the moment). I believe the fact I am not using some sort of pre amp is making the volume level ridiculously low. The only way I can get the volume up is by turning the input volume all the way up. When I do that I get alot of hum/buzz/something I believe could be used to torture people (60hz hum?). Could it be that I am not getting enough Phantom Power to the mic? Or none at all (would not using a XRL cable and preamp be the cause of this?). My second guess would be that I need a new mic all togeather. Well I know I need to do this eventuly, but I am curious if there is another another solution. While I am talking about mics for recording vocals this brings up another question. Some people say I need to get large diaphragm condenser mic for recording. Others say I need to get a dynamic mic like a sm58. I am stuck having no clue on earth what to get. After all, I just want to capture my songs liseten to them, and see how I can improve musicaly......... -Josh Post Script: You are free to call me an idiot. It would be true when it comes to recording. Allthough I would value constructive criticism alot more. Thank you.