Hello, I'm setting up a home studio. I want to record rap vocals with the best possible microphone, pre, and sound card within my budget. I will be recording my rap vocals with the help of a sound engineer I am hiring. If you want to hear what my voice sounds like please visit: http://www.pennitentiary.tk INFORMATION REGARDING MY HOME STUDIO PROJECT: My Computer Specs: HP Vectra VL400 P3 Socket 370 (Tualatin 1.4Ghz) 512MB PC133 Infineon Sdram 80GB Western Digital IDE Hard Drive 100GB Western Digital IDE Hard Drive LG Dual Layer DVD-RAM +/-/R/RW (x2) Windows Xp Home w/Service Pack 2 Recording Software: - Adobe Audition v1.5 - Cubase SX v2.0 Budget: - $500 Maximum for all items including mic, pre, sound card, popper stopper, cables, and stand. This is what a close friend suggested I buy: - M Audio Audiophile 2496 (Sound card) $129 http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/TubeMPps - ART Tube MP Project Series (Pre) $55 http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=007605&cid=SC - Studio Projects B1 (Microphone) $120 http://www.studioprojectsusa.com/b1.html Goal: - To record commercial album quality rap vocals at home. Just so you know no booth will be used for some time. So recording will be in an open room. QUESTIONS: 1. Would the list of equipment my friend suggested be sufficient enough to provide album sound quality for my home studio? 2. Please write a list that you would make for my home studio equipment within my $500 budget. (ie: mic, pre, sound card) THE MICROPHONE IS MY MOST IMPORTANT ITEM. IF I GET A BAD MIC MY VOCALS WILL SOUND BAD. PLEASE HELP.