I know there are already tons of threads about mics, preamps...
I know every singer is different and there is no universal solution, something that works for a singer does not necessary works for an other, and one mic can sound good with a preamp and not good with an other.
The problem is that I live in France, where local stores don't have enough equipement to make good comparisons. So before I drive to Paris or Germany where there are bigger stores, I'd like to have a few advices, because for a singer, it's not easy to both sing and test equipement at the same time!
For now, I own an old M Audio FW1814 audio interface which still seems to do its job, and I'd like to improve my home recorded vocal takes.
I sing progressive metal (mainly clean, like Dream Theater, sometimes Symphony X...), my voice is quite complex cause I can sing strong baritones stuff (like Matt Barlow from Iced Earth) and sometimes cleaner and lighter tenor stuff (like Geoff Tate from Queensryche).
So I assume the first thing to buy is a good mic and a good preamp, and which work well together!
For the mic, and to record home, I don't know if I should buy a good dynamic (Shure SM7b, EV RE20...) or an average condenser (Rode NT2, AKG C214, Audio Technica AT4040, Blue...).
For the preamp, its seems there are 2 schools of thought : buying a clean transparent preamp (Focusrite Isa One, Grace Design M101...) and add coloration with EQ and compressor plugins (later hardware), or buying a colored preamp (Golden Age Project Pre-73, Summit Audio 2Ba-221, UA Solo 610...)
The budget is around 1000€/$ for the whole.
Thank you for your advices!