Hi everyone. I am just starting to cut my teeth , so to speak, in the world of recording. My current set up (simplified a bit) is as follows: Presonus Digimax 96 lightpiped in to Digi 001 on a Mac G3 w/ M-Audio Studiophile BX8s. I was thinking that this might suffice until I get a better gasp and more experience with recording. As I am learning, however, I am beginging to think I might want to upgrade mice pres/ add some with mor color than the presonus units, as I am not terribly happy with them on my vocals. Enter the Alesis AI3. I was planning on buying this unit in order to bypass the converters on the 001 breakoutbox when adding the additional pres. Does anyone have any experince with both the presonus and the Alesis units, and if so, do you find the conversion to better/worse in the Alesis compared to the converters on the Presonus? Does the better pres added over the course of time into the Alesis seem like a viable stratgey? this idea is still in the formulating stage, so any input/feedback is greatly appreciated.