Hello, I wanted to start off by saying I feel honored to join a community such as this, i feel like this is a great place to learn a lot of things I need to know to really get started in the world of recording vocals. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I have been an artist for 6 years now, and have been recording, mixing and mastering for about 4 years. I started off using a usb microphone and audacity, and worked my way up to to presonus studio one and recorded with that software for awhile, and then recently upgraded to reaper, rode nt1a and xenyx302 usb pre-amp, i never really had any professional training, my knowledge of recording has mainly been created through self experience. I do not consider myself professional in anyway, I am an amateur and to be honest im quite tired of not getting the proper sound I have desired to have these past years. Last year I purchased the Rode nt1a, hearing about it's quality i figured it was a good microphone to start off with recording vocals. My genre of music I specialize in is generally hip-hop, rap, and R&B. My lack of knowledge about the technology of recording is what has led me to pursue to learn and push myself to seek the required starting points I need to achieve the sound I need to produce quality sound within my music. EQ: - Rode nt1a, with standard pop filter and microphone stand. - Xenxy302 USB Preamp - Toshiba C655 Laptop - Reaper Audio Recording Software Now the problems I have had so far are as follows: - My voice doesn't sound as crisp as I thought it would be. - I can barely hear my voice, even though i am close to the mic but when i play it back it is extremely loud and low quality - I have to stand 4 feet away from the microphone for it to record a decent quality vocal. - After about 10 minutes of recording, there becomes a latency. A delay when I play back. The vocals don't match the tempo in which i actually recorded. It's off by a few seconds. And the quality sounds lower. - The Microphone picks up every little noise in the room, I literally can stand 10 feet away and it will pick my voice up, its like whats the point of having a pop filter? These are the problem's I am having. I basically want to be able to be close to my microphone and be able to hear my voice as I sing, without it being extremely loud and low-quality. I want to be able to record for hours with out it causing this latency issue. Is it my PreAmp that's causing this issue? Is not powerful enough or high quality enough to run the Rode nt1a to its fullest potential? If so what preamp should I be looking at? Is it my laptop and its lack of sound capability? If anyone can point me in the right direction in how to solve these issues, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and it's an honor to be a part of the community.