I have posted some noise concerns of my Alesis Multimixer 8 on another thread. I am still looking for a solution to that, but I have a feeling it's my mixer. I am just getting started in recording audio books at a home studio. I have a PR40 mic and some nice Beyerdynamic DT770 headsets, but getting the great sound of my voice (ha!) from the PR40 to the recording program is causing me fits. Again, I think it's my mixer. For my type of recording, I really only need 1 level in for the mic, but I doubt they make something that small (4 or 8 I guess is okay if that's as small as they make them).... I am NOT really on a tight budget (around $1000 is probably max, but LESS IS BETTER!), so I'd like to get something that's VERY VERY nice for my relatively simple needs that is as close to ZERO NOISE as possible... I would also like more than 3 levels on the EQ since my voice needs, well, some help, and I'd rather do most of the EQ'ing from the mixer. I have firewire on my computer, and of course USB2.0... not really sure which is better. Either way, I need a "noiseless" mixer. What do you all suggest? And thank you in advance!