We're in the process of upgrading our studio, in I'm in a debate with my producer about which pre-amp to go with. We're looking for the best upgrade to get a better sound in vocals. Our style of music we've been recording has been Rap, R&B, and worship. We're upgrading our mic to a Shure KSM27. Right now we're using the pre-amp built-in our Behringer mixer. I suggested, because of all it's features, that we get the "ART DPS II Stereo Tube Preamp with Digital Out" (Dead Link Removed) (Dead Link Removed) Of course the Presonus is $150 cheaper than the ART, but I just think we wouldn't have to go through the upgrading process again any time soon if we go with the ART. And plus I heard that particular Presonus model has a britle sound, and the tube that comes with it is not quality. What would you do? As for a budget, I would say that $250 would be the max. If you need more info please feel free to ask. I didn't want to post too much info that you wouldn't want to read all of it.