OK, I'm looking to record voice and flute on an emac. I'm looking to not spend big bucks. I think the sound of the inbuilt mic is pretty good so that gives you some idea of my low standards. I'd like something a better and more flexible though. This is what I've come up with so far. I can get a Samson C01U for $AUD 145 which is a pretty good price for Australia or... I am thinking of a Shure SM-57 with this Behringer UCA 202 usb interface for $AUD 59, and this Behringer pre for $AUD 82 I can get the Shure for the same price as the Samson, but the Shure means an extra AUD $140, for the pre and usb interface, which is within my budget. I know that there are lots of preamp solutions and the one I've chosen is not very expensive and is probably fairly bottom of the heap. The Shure is obviously a good mic and at $145 it's a pretty good price but if I use the above components would they be limiting it to such an extent that I'd be better off just getting the Samson? I hope all that was clear.