This is the first time I've ever posted on any forum...forgive me if my etiquette is off. I'm creating a rig for getting a "sound" at gigs that I do. I'm not really looking for volume, but more of a pro sound...punchy kick in your sternum, etc. Most of the stuff's in small/medium rooms (bar gigs or clubs). This is just for fun for me, so I'm not willing to spend $4,000 on mic pre's or EQ or whatever. I bought a Studio Projects 828. It's an 8 Channel mic preamp incorporating the latest rev of Burr Brown IC's and I'm going to send a mono signal out to the band's main mixing board. I bought the DP5 Audix Mic kit w/ an i5, D2's, D4, and D6 mics. I also bought a TC Electronics M 300 24 bit reverb/effect unit and a SPL Transient Designer 2. I got the Transient Designer instead of a compressor b/c it's supposedly so incredible on drums. Are there any suggestions on other things I should consider as far as routing the signals, outboard gear (ie: compression, gates), or anything else I may want to look into for the future? If there are any suggestions for outboard gear, can you list the Manufacturer and why you'd suggest it? Thanks in advance for any help.