Hi everyone, I am in the process of acoustically treating my studio room and waiting for the replacement of my MOTU 896HD (long story) and my NT2000 microphone... so I see that I will have around 4000-5000 USD free soon I want to upgrade my studio (my current setup I will place at the end so you can see what components are good/bad ugly). So what I am thinking is improving three aspects of tracking (my mixing tools seem to be good enough for the moment at least):- a) Vocals - My NT2000 is ok, I guess - but my pre/comp is a bit broken and not really to my taste (dbx 1086). b) Electric Guitar - This is also a weak element - I have a nice guitar and use Guitar Rig 1/2 (I have NI Komplete 3 - excellent buy, btw) and the sounds are great but I dont think my input signal from guitar -> Trackmaster -> MOTU 896HD (pre switched off) is good enough... I cant mic my Fender Delux amp up unfortunately (neighbours would complain) so I need the best solution going direct. c) Bass Guitar - the element that sounds the worst - I have a Fender precision and the bass sound is completely naff. I tried Bass -> Presonus Digitube -> MOTU 896HD (pre switched off) and Bass -> DI Box -> MOTU. Same problem as guitar - cant use amp. So as you can see I have 3 needs (vocals, bass, guitar). So my question is what would be good things to improve? I would like a nicer mic in the long run, but I would try just to rent a better mic for my current sessions, so the pre and comp are the 2 key things. On bass/guitar - can I use the same pre/comp? I wont be using them at the same time so a single channel element would be doable (even if I have to add DI to the chain - I have a DI 4 channel). For this kind of budget, would would people recommend to give me the best vocal/guitar/bass combo for 5000 USD max? I dont expect a "this is the best" more of a range of choices which are good for the money. The only thing I've checked out myself so far is the Focurite Liquid Channel, but its getting such mixed press on this forum I don't know if this would be the one box wonder I am looking for for direct bass/guitar and vocals? Any serious advice would be appreciated as I want to do a final tracking run on my future album (then take it off for mix/mastering as needed) before I release it in Q3 this year. Thanks and speak later Gary (english guy living in Switzerland). My current Setup -------------------- *Outboard Gear dbx1086, Presonus DigiTUBE, Focusrite TrakMaster, Beringher DI4000 Mackie Big Knob Reveal Active Monitors + some less expensive nearfields for low-fi check Rodes NT2000 mic plus SM58 Beta and SM57. Electric Guitar: Yamaha RGX820Z (2 x Seymour Duncans and Piezo - dual output). Bass Guitar: Fender Precision Bass (Mexico). *DAW gear (and yes, all plugins are bought!) MOTU 896HD, UAD-1, Poco Compact, Frontier Design Tranzport, Beringher BCF2000, M-Audio keystation e49. Cubase SX 188.8.131.524 and 2.2.39, WaveLab 4, NI Komplete 3, The Grand, XPhraze, HyperSonic 2, BDF drums, Garritan Personal Orchestra, IK Multimedia Studio Bundle, Izotope Ozone, Waves Musicians Bundle 2 plus a few other plugs I probably dont use so much. P4 Prescott 3.4GB, 2GB DDR2 RAM, 1 Raptor disk, 2 x 160GB Samsung SPoint etc.