I've been recording songs for almost a year now but I still don't know all the secrets of a good home recording.
I'm currently using a Rode NT1-A condenser microphone, a Focusrite Saffire 6 audio interface and a Line 6 Pod HD for my guitar. I am really satisfied with my gear, yet I'd like to know more about the recording for the vocals:
I'm sure that a condenser microphone is a great thing, but I can't use it with my Pod HD because the XLR-port doesn't provide phantom power, so I can only plug in a dynamic microphone. I like my microphone, but I always have to add a lot of VST effects to my vocal track because they sound too bright, which is also a minor problem. (I have a 5 bucks dynamic karaoke mic which doesn't need any VSTs to sound full, so it's not about my performance)
My question is, does a preamp make a lot of difference when using a condenser microphone? I think my interface already has a built in preamp, does it make sense to buy a separate preamp? When is it a good idea to get a dynamic microphone for home recording?