OK, I'm stoked.
Since I finally got my office walled in, I set up part of my studio audio equipment and laid down some tracks tonight.
The cored of the setup is an M-Audio USB preamp and a couple of MXL-990s with shockmounts.
I'm surprised at how good and clean and warm the sound is, without me having dampened the room yet.
And laying down tracks on a professional grade mic, pop-filter and all?
That feels good ...