We have a home studio of which we record produce our rap music. The Microphone that we use now is a Marshal MXL57 or som'n like that. We got it as a hand me down for free, but I'm trying to convince our group we really need to up grade. We had a singer to come in the studio two weeks ago, and her voice sounded beautiful, but the recording was horrible (and that may be the rest of the equipment's fault also). As for now, we need a new mic, that is versitile enough to take on what we give it, and give back what we gave it. I feel like it's time consuming for our producer to try and clean up what the mic has dumped on. I was considering a Shure KSM27 or one of the Studio Projects' Mics. I'll say we're on a $300 budget. Can you list all the importances of why we need to upgrade. I think some of our group may think it's not important right now, but I feel that we'll be way more satisfied with our recordings. Second Concern: We have a Behringer UB1204 Pro Eurorack 12 Input Mixer which I've been hearing alot crap about. I know that the pre-amp on these things are like crap, but what can we do about that. I know it would also affect the sound quallity. Please give advice on what we should go with, thanks for any response. Please ask questions if need be.