I've just recently managed to ramp up my level of gearship. I won't be able to afford any new gear for a while so...while getting to know it all, I was hoping to get some tips from the more experienced(than myself) for improving my recordings. As for my experience level, I'm about as green as Peter Pan's little leaf bootie's are. I have a session coming up with a singer friend and I'm trying to bone up on as much of this stuff as possible before we get together. I want to make the most of the session. I'm currently reading through the threads, but if anyone has any suggestions I might not find here, please enlighten me. I think my next project might be some sort of home-made vocal booth or something. But in the meantime, here is what I'm working with... - Neumann TLM 103 with shockmount(has natural bass roll-off from about 75Hz with -10dB cut @ 20Hz) - Stedman Proscreen 101 mesh pop screen Presonus Eureka mic pre(has compressor, EQ which I'll probably hold off on for now, 80Hz roll-off, impedance selection, and saturation control among other things I'm getting to know) - Focusrite Saffire firewire audio interface - Logic Pro 7 - carpeted room. 12' wall a little bare but has double doors with curtains. opposite wall has an opening to a stair well. the two 14' walls and one 12' are covered a bit by couches and shelves and such. the ceiling was 12' high as far as I can remember. it's been almost a year, so things may have been rearranged. My style is very electronic, but I'm hoping to eventually have more acoustic takes in my mixes. Some questions I'm searching answers for: Is there any difference in using a preamp's TRS output as opposed to it's XLR output into the audio interface? Would you think it overkill to use the preamp's 80Hz roll-off considering my mic's frequency response? Can anyone suggest any methods to finding the optimum gain and master level settings on the preamp B4 running them into the audio interface? Any tips on mic placement?(within room AND relative to vocal source) Any tips on how to prepare my singer?(She has a great voice but hasn't had much studio experience, like myself) Can anyone direct me to any other sources where I can learn on my own? Anything I haven't considered? ...I'm still readin'!.. Thanks for any advice, The J.