I have a very basic home recording setup. Goes from amp > SM57 > Tascam Portastudio. I'm not always pleased with the final output, think it sounds a little weak, and my uncle said I needed to get a mic preamp. So I stumbled upon this Cloudlifter CL-1. Does it have to be used in conjunction with a preamp or can it be used on its own? Any good "starter" preamp recommendations? I was also looking into the PreSonus Bluetube. Are preamps necessary? Is it like a have-to if you're going to record? Thanks for any help. I'm not very knowledgeable about recording. Obviously.