I play piano and sing. My family recently gave me the Audio Technica AT2041 Studio Mic Pack so I could record our acoustic upright in stereo sound (two mics are provided in this pack). They also gave me an M-Audio Fast Track Pro so I could record onto my computer. However, the Audio Technica mics are dynamic, and I've read that dynamic mics aren't very effective for recording with the Fast Track. I also already have a Shure SM58 for vocals, which is also a dynamic mic. Is it true that dynamic mics can't be used to their full potential with the Fast Track? I recorded some stuff yesterday, and in general the Shure did not seem loud enough ... which is, I think, a common complaint with the Shure-and-FastTrack combo. Also I had trouble getting the two Audio Technica mics to work well with the piano, but in general, recording the piano was more successful. One of the Audio Technica mics can be used for vocals, but I have not tried it in this manner yet. Would this be a better bet than the Shure, in terms of clarity/loudness, and compatibility with the Fast Track? I am also wondering how the controls can be manipulated on the Fast Track to help my mix. Turning up the gain generally just increased noise, and my mic placement led to a muddy sound. Is this because the mics are dynamic mics, or is it related entirely to my inexperienced mic placement? I am basically wondering if it's me or the mics (or the sound card?). My family knows nothing about recording, but they tell me that the guy in the store claimed these items would work together for micing the piano. I'll keep searching for the "sweet spot," but I want to know if this is a lost cause. If need be, I will return some of the equipment and buy compatible stuff. Any ideas about what would work would help me a lot. Keep in mind that my budget is minimal and I can't afford an expensive new sound card or anything. Any additional advice about using the Fast Track etc. would be very helpful, too. I'm not familiar with what the different levels and settings do yet. I've basically just being doing trial and error to see what sounds right. I think it is a popular item, so maybe some of you who use this can help me?