Thanks to all who can answer any of these questions, its greatly appreciated.
Aight lets start it off.
1.) Currently I have a PreSonus FireBox Audio Interface, from what I understand, there is a built in Mic Preamp in this piece of equipment, but how much better would vocals (rap) sound if I purchased a real Mic Preamp around/under $300 to use with the Audio interface I already have??
2.) If you suggest that I get a Mic Preamp to use with my Audio Interface, which Mic Pre would you reccomend, for around/under $300?
3.) I was planning on just getting a semi-cheap microphone just to see how things went, then eventually buying something nice. Anyways, for a decent semi-cheap microphone, what do yall think about a 'Shure SM57'? Any others you would reccomend for around that price??
4.) What software do you reccomend me recording vocals into?? Currently the Software that I use for making my music in is FL Studio, but I would assume there is another software out there that is better for recording vocals in. BTW, I have a Dell laptop, which eleminates some software right off the bat.
I'm sure I'll have more questions in the coming hours/days.
I also understand that these questions may sound redundent around this forum but if you could help me out at all and point me in the right direction that would be awesome.
Thanks to everyone who can steer me in the right direction.
Before you all get on my case, I know that you get what you pay for, and I am fully aware that with a Firebox and Low-end Micpre I am not gonna get professional sound.
Understand that I am a teenager working for minimum wage at a part time job while im in school.
Just trying to get started on this hobby that I love very much.