I had a revelatory experience this AM while xfer'ing some drum comps into PTools via our Apogees. Was setting up some quick temp mixes for overdubs today. Got a drum submix happening, stuck a skosh of bus compression on it, and went to route it into the Apogee input. Had the bus output multed to a 2-trk return and the Apogee input simultaneously. Also had an Apogee output pair patched into another 2-trk return for confidence monitoring... so I was able to listen to both the send and the return from the AD8K, level-matched. I set a fairly hot level into the Apogee, then switched over to monitor the Apogee output. Hmm, interesting. Did I really put *that* much compression on the drum bus? Switched back over to the input monitor, and very interestingly, my submix sounded slightly *less* squashed. It was almost like the Apogee was 'sucking up' a hair of the stick attack on the snare and toms. And mind you, "soft limit" was turned OFF. I tried turning it on to see what would happen, and frankly could hear very little difference, if any, on the output side. Very, very interesting, I thought. I eased back on the bus master faders and listened again. When I backed off about 3-4dB according to the AD8K's meters, the "squashiness" that I was hearing went away. This was very subtle, mind you... just felt like there was an "RCH" less of the stick attack on the snare drum at the hotter input level. And again, this was as close to an "apples to apples" comparison as I can imagine, monitoring *directly* from the mult'ed feed to the Apogee input, and *directly* from the Apogee output, straight into the console's 2-trk A and B monitor inputs. I need to explore this further, but was wondering if any of you other AD-8000 users have had similar experiences. When I get a bit of free time (ha!), I am gonna try this with our HEDD (my other favorite converter) to see if it does the same thing. Interesting stuff, no?