Please be patient with the format of this post. I am having difficulty posting anything that starts a new line, so i'm going to type as though it is all on one line.
I am new to voice acting (actually, I wouldn't even call myself a voice actor yet), and I am wanting to set up my sound chain so that I can have a better idea of what I really sound like as I practice. I have loads more training to do as well as future improvements to recording space, so it would be best for me if I could set this up as economically as possilbe. also, since I can't afford to 'spend money twice', then I would like for whatever equipment I buy to be of sufficient quality so that I can use it when I kick-off my business plan next year (or until i can afford to upgrade).
I am on a PC using windows XP that has a SoundMAX card (???) and will be using Audacity for a while.
So far I have an AT2020 condenser.
For a preamp I'm considering a dbx286a. If I get it, then what would follow for a converter?
I've also read that the M-Audio FastTrack Pro is a good interface. Is the USB connection sufficient or should I look for something with a firewire connection?
Is the Centrance MicPort enough to do quality work with? Seems a bit pricey as a converter, and I can't imagine the preamp being as good as the dbx.
Finally, what about just getting an inexpensive Behringer mixer (I know, mackie is better) and using the preamps there? It would still need some kind of converter, but I've heard of people doing this and having success.
So, what are your thoughts? Also, would you use Guitar Center, or go online with Zzounds or Sweetwater?