Hi, I'm new here. Getting ready to record vocals for my band's album. The genre is progressive metal.. Vocal style is mix of James Labrie, Ozzy, Dio.. My current setup is : Rode NT1a mic --> Groove Tubes brick preamp --> EMU 0404 USB (A/D) ---> usb into PC--> Reaper DAW I have produced decent demo recordings with this setup. We do not have the budget to go into a pro studio and spend hundreds/thousands on vocal recording session. So we are thinking of using the home studio setup. Assuming that the singer is not a bottleneck could you please let me know if you think I should look into replacing something if you spot a weakest link here. I wonder if the EMU unit which I guess acts as a converter here is the weakest link. I have a new-in-box M-audio ultra 8R interface lying around which I could use instead of EMU 0404 but I suspect it's not gonna affect anything. I may also borrow my friend's Focusrite ISA-one digital (preamp + ADC) to see if it will make any difference. For mics, I am gonna try out SM-57, MXL 990 (dont remember the exact model), Shure beta something.. We could invest around $500-1000 if it helps improve the sound. Not sure if we really need a compressor.. like FMR RNC or something (I was hoping to add compression later) Thanks a lot !!