New Singer Toolbox - Help Me Shop
So I've been playing guitar or drums in my bands for forever, but now I'm singing and I am pretty much starting over with gear. I am interested primarily in getting a good live sound, and I'm willing to lay down some cash but I don't want to waste a lot of money experimenting. So what I'm looking for is a guide to a singer's starter toolbox.
First, here's what I have now:
Shure SM-58 (I imagine some of you will say "that's all you need")
Alesis 3630 Compressor
ART TubeMP Preamp
Koolertron Wireless in-ear monitor
Let's leave out the PA for now, I'm just interested in the stuff leading up to the amplification; someone else owns the PA. So let's say I had $250, $500, or $1000 to spend, what would you upgrade or add first?
The mic seems passable, I don't have a lot of experience but the sm-58's have a reputation as rock solid. I'm singing rock/metal, somewhere between Rush and AC/DC, with a voice about halfway between Geddy Lee and Bon Scott, is there a mic or brand that might be better suited to that style than others?
The compressor is a bit of a pain to configure but it seems to do its job.
The preamp is obviously bargain-basement, but I'm not sure what I'm missing with the more expensive pre's or where the sweet spot for spending on them would be.
The wireless monitor I have is also basically a toy, but it was $500 less than a Shure system and I can hear myself well enough to stay on pitch without cranking our PA to feedback in our rehearsal space. The earbuds are terrible though, I've been considering just replacing those but again I'm not sure what the best value would be.
Finally, I don't have any sort of effects processing for delay/pitch/etc, the reverb on the PA has been adequate for me but I'm curious to hear if others think that an outboard effects unit is worth the investment. Did I miss anything else that might be useful?
So if you were me and wanted to get the best bang for your buck, what would you pick up?