Starting to record a female vocalist - folk - with her acoustic guitar, and also track my guitars (acoustic, teles/335 thru amp) and harmony voice later. My living room has pretty nice verb/acoustic for this - at least won't intrude. Simple stuff - but I want it to be really first rate w/o investing too much more over what I already have.- and find a good work flow. I'd like to come up with a project that could be handed over for mastering. My experience was with a band project 10 years ago, in the living room w/ 9 inputs, and it actually came out great. After a year of working on it, and sitting down with the gold-record displaying master engineer at the end. Now wanting just a simple flow, turn it on and go and be first-rate for... spending less than a $1000 from what I already have. Have quality on the outset, but it all matters. What I have: acoustic part: Oktava MK12 - matched pair, cardiod - for acoustic guitar stereo miking - XY I assume Fishman loudbox, Red eye preamp, 2 acoustic guitars (Collings OM1A w/ pure mini) electric part: Vibrolux, Benson Monarch, teles, 335, pedals Senn E906, Cascade Fatboy II Ribbon mic (w/ Lundhal) vocal part: Shure SM58 and Beta 87A cardioid (I think of these more for performing than recording?) Safesound P1 mic pre/comp/limiter gear: Macbook air w/ 8 GB ram Logic9/DP7/Ableton9 Equator D5 - actually my son kind of kidnapped these and now I have KRK Rockett5s Advice ? LDC mic for vocals? - had an AT4040 that died - looking to step up. Seems like $4-500 would be a minimum to get something better. Used is fine if I know its good - I want some quality as I'm aiming for a project (not just a demo) to be handed in for mastering. Or.... can I make the SM87A work? The singer has a lot of emotional nuance- sad songs about life and so on. USB interface? - Apogees and Motu from past have died. I have a good deal for a Focusrite 2i4 v2 for $95 new - great deal - guess that's kind of a standard at the lower end. I know TGP standards are to consider a Babyface or Audient or Apollo or something... but really? Would that $ best go to a different mic pre than the Safesound perhaps? Platform choice? Like to assess what is the best simple compressor/reverb from the 3 programs I already own, DP, Logic, Liive... I do have the Safesound P1 for outboard vocal compression... Ableton? Certainly I don't need its time morphing abilities - and wonder if it might compromise the sound and some level - my son is a master at Live and could conceivably add synth Digital Performer? In the past I used for the band project but kind of forgot how to get around Logic? seems more of a standard - maybe better for that w/ its plugins Open to new simple reverb/comp algorithms/plugins. Headphones? - to get that mic placement right - open to suggestion. I'd really appreciate any knowing advice - as I'm wanting to be more focused on the music than gear!