I am still very much a newbie with recording, so I will try to explain this the best I know how. I have had this problem micing vocals. The mics I have used have been the Rode NTK, AT 4050, and sm 57. Although these mics sound really interesting , they just dont sound "natural" to me? The sound that I get from them have just got this "ELECTRIC" sound to it. Almost like it is amplified to sharply or harshly. The preamp im using is a RNP and a mackie. But I dont think it is the preamp. I was hoping to find an alternative to micing vocals, I have heard that ribbon mic have a very "mellow" sound to them, maybe that might be the natural sound I am looking for?? The best way I can describe it is, when you play an acoustic/electric guitar through a electric guitar amp, it just doesnt sound natural, just too hyped. But if you play it through a acoustic guitar amp. It sound just like the acoustic just louder. Thats exactly what I want out of a mic, I want it to sound just like the voice going through, but just louder without sounding so "ELECTRIC" Do you think a ribbon mic might help me get this sound im looking for, or am I just imagining this?? I used to think it was the soundcard, but I just plugged headphone right into the back of the preamp and monitored that way and what do ya know ,,, its not the soundcard... Has anyone else complained about this?? I have'nt heard any?? What do you think I should do??