right now i'm using a m audio mobile pre audio interface that my friend gave me and his old beat up pg48 ..
my question is i obviously want to upgrade this equipment to be able to record the best sound i can at a budget price. my microphone i assume is my absolute weakest link.. so i was going to get a sm57 since i could use it both for recording and live use.. but then i read the sm57 needs a lot of gain to be used for recording.
now i notice a pretty noticeable hissing in my mobile pre pre amps when i turn them past 2/3rds or so . .. will my pre's be good enough to increase the signal on the sm57 without inserting a ton of hiss on my recordings? would it be worth spending 200 bucks for the Focusrite Saffire 6 USB (or similar interface) or would that be more of a step sideways than an upgrade? or would i be better off with a 100 dollar condenser like the v67g at this budget since it needs less gain ?
please recommend me the best solution / order of upgrade for my problem.. ideally i only want to spend a couple hundred .. but not if i won't notice any increase in quality