Hey everyone. I'm trying to record vocals, although I don't have all the equpitment I needed so I just did it to see what it would sound like. This is what I did it with: -Dynamic Shure SM58 + windscreen -XLR to Audio In cable to mac -Compressor/EQ/Noise Reduction/etc on Logic 8 Okay, so I know the specs are bad, but I'm getting a BLUE preamp that I'm going to use. My results with the above were really really stuffy, merky sounds. And so I have a few questions: + Will a preamp make vocals more clearer and vibrant than no preamp? + Is recording with a dynamic mic useless? Could it ever sound like high quality vocals with a dynamic mic? + Is the 'Blue Icicle Preamp' a fair preamp? + Is recording useless if you dont have a $200+ condenser mic and $100+ preamp? Thanks!!