I've been researching many front end options. I've read about them individually, but haven't seen them discussed together, compared/contrasted. I really only need 2 channels. I'm not opposed to more, but I imagine a 2 channel setup will yield better quality per channel.. My needs are pretty basic. I'll be mixing in the box. I would like to be able to use outboard gear for reverbs and such after tracks have been recorded. And of course monitoring. Do I have to have D/A conversion? The reason I ask is because of the digital I/O on some gear like the Kurzweil Rumour. I need to use midi, but I suppose I could do midi I/O on a seperate card. I want 96kHz, but don't plan to use 192kHz. Some all in one type units: -RME Fireface -Apogee Mini Me -Grace Lunatec V3 I've also researched several stereo A/D converters: -Lynx Two -Mytek Stereo 96 -Lucid AD 9624 -(used) Apogee Rosetta 200 and Rosetta original w/96kHz My only obstacle in searching for converters are 2-channel mic pre's. There seem to be a few decent single channel pre's for $500-800, but would need suggestions on 2 channel units. If I went with seperate pre's and converters, I would plan to spend $800-1200 on converters and $500-800 on pre's. Should I be thinking the other way around? I would also like to have the ability to throw on a 8-channel interface in a pinch, preferably through litepipe, but that all depends. I'm basically looking for the best possible pre's and converter's I can find within my budget. New OR used... Thanks!