Alright, I have been trolling this forum for a bit now and decided that you guys could help me, should you choose to :wink: I am a very amateur home recording, err, person. I have just come out of college and have been buying so much stuff that my gf is going to leave me unless I quit. I am fairly happy with the sound of my recordings so far, as they are really just for demo purposes, but I want them to sound good. I am not at ALL happy with my vocal recordings. This is how I happened upon all the threads pertaining to mic preamps and would like some info regarding this subject. The following is a list of my gear: - Cubasis VST 2.0 host program - Tascam US-428 recording interface - Line 6 Vetta II guitar amp (for recording directly) - Yamaha S-90 Synth - SM-57 Mic I can only buy one more piece of gear for a while and it has to last me a long time so I need to get the most bang for my buck. Again, I am thinking about a preamp and am willing to step it up to the Sebatron "Thorax" or something comparable if you guys think it would benefit me. I understand that this would be something I could use for a long, long time perhaps even for live use. The question is, with my setup, what exactly would this top-shelve preamp do for my sound in all applicable areas? I read somewhere that it might add warmth to direct recordings. Is this true? I am open to suggestions as to other equipment that would benefit me more. If not, what preamp would you suggest? Thanks a lot. Brett P.S. I have a pair of JBL 4312 Control Monitors that are very old but in mint condition. Does anyone know anything about these?