Dear Listers, after about 10 years in NYC I just moved back to the Vaterland in Germany and I am looking to continue my work recording opera singers on the side. In NY I always had the luxury of being able to use a studio at a major radio station, in few words I got spoiled, all I had to do was to sit down and work with the singers on interpretation, words etc. I brought the following goodies with me and would like to set up a small private studio without spending a lot of extra money. Monitors Roland DS-90 M-Audio 410 Firewire Interface Powerbook G4 Desktop 3ghy 2GB Ram Nuendo II with Waves and Autotune Logic Express 7 ART Tube MP The only mics I brough was a Rode NTK, some Marshall MXL mic I used once, and an audio technica AT 820 I use for live recording. My goal is to record a clean vocal sound with little coloration, I prefer to let the pro's do that when I send it of to be mastered. When recording singers the distance of the mic can vary between one and 15 feet depending on the voice so the mic should not be dead if you aremore then one foot away. My questions: 1. Small recording room or large live room I only need to record one voice at a time but that needs to be top notch, opera and musical theater. I have two options, I can record in the living room. 15 foot ceiling, wood floors 15x 42 feet but little controll over the accoustic or I can build out a small room 11x 14 feet with 10' ceiling. Any thoughts? 2. In the sudio we always had a couple of U87's, anything cheaper that would compare in clarity? 3. Should I record in the larger room and use panels behind the mic to enhance clarity? My feeling is to build out the smaller room but for the cost of doing that I could buy one kick ass microphone. thank you for your input, this forum has so far answered all my questions without posting but recording opera singers is a very specialised field and maybe someone knows a little about it and could spend the time to help out. thank you for your time. best wishes. J.