I have been searching for a "nicer" Mic Pre and compressor to use as a front end to the Digi 001. I would like to have a discrete solid state mic pre with very little coloration to be used on a variety of source material. I have been very impressed by the FMR Audio RNC compressor and have heard a Mic Pre is in the works but I have no idea when that might be available. I would like to fit the bill for under $1000. My search has recently led me to look at this Joe Meek unit which when combined with their external digital output card could bypass the entire front end to the Digi 001 for under $1000. That would eliminate the need of buying better converters as well. Anyone out there have any knowledge or experience with this combination. I have read nice things about the VCQ-1cs but I have never gotten my hands on one. If this is a nice sounding Mic Pre, it sounds like an excellent solution to the mediocre front end on the Digi 001.