Basically, I have a Shure SM58 attached to a home-made XLR-->1/4 Adapter-->1/8 Jack going into a SB Audigy (yes, the card sucks, I know)... The recordings sound clear and crisp (when I boost the recording a whole 60%) but then you get audible noise/static when the backing track is muted... I've seen videos of the SM58 with people recording vocals with no effort (not forcing the vocals, or talking AT the mic, so to speak)... So, in other words, how do I get my SM58 to record clear vocals without effort or boosting the signal during every take? Should it be like this (from sound card to mic): Sound Card-->XLR (or 1/4 to 1/8 adapter)-->Preamp-->*NEW* XLR Cable-->Microphone? That's all I want, no static, and loud and crisp vocals... Thanks for your help!!