Here's a problem: the tone of my individual tracks gets better as I upgrade my pres, but my over-all mixes aren't sitting together as well. It really hit home when I recorded a live jazz performance through an Allen & Heath with the rnp as the only outboard pre. The outcome was really very good. The mix fell together easily. The only funkiness were the drum overheads....the rnp. The experience highlighted the problems I'm experiencing in my studio. I've got a couple different flavors of low end pres and one great pre. I'm looking for at least 2 channels under $1,500 that could be a good "reach for" pre for the majority of the mix. Of course, I would love it if the pre excelled at vocals, drum overheads, acoustics and guitar amps as well!! I mainly record R&B, blues, rock and acoustic folk/pop stuff. I have: Allen & Heath Mix Wiz (which actually has a very nice recorded tone....good fit in the mix); 4 channels DMP3; Joe Meek VC6Q (fat in the mix); rnp (some great attributes, but a certain "brittleness". Part of my problem is using the rnp too much); Great River 1NV; So, what should I get next? A-designs, Sebatron, Vintech, Sytek, John Hardy, API....? __________________ "You can't be a pervert. You never come to the meetings!"