I beseech you, the denizens of RO to help me spend my money wisely :wink: To preface, I have read most of the more recent threads here with the words distressor & fatso in them. What I want: something outboard to run this (drums) or that (synths) through to give it a different/better sound quality. I dont want to use those certain words, I wont do it, like warm or fat 90% of the time I end up bouncing alot of my tracks down to audio tracks anyway, and I want something outboard to impart different characteristics to those tracks. I'm looking for something that will hold most of its value for a few months at least, if I end up hating it or not using it. Budget: Between tax return and raise time at work I am allocating myself 3-4k in studio upgrade funds. My room treatment project is completely separate from this. Of course, the less I spend on this, the more there is for, say... an Elektron Machinedrum or Roland V-synth. What I think I need/options: If I could ask you to peruse my gear list briefly so you can get a feel, its locateed here 1. The first thing that comes to mind is either a fatso or the dual distressor unit. They are very sexy, people seem to love them. What I'm wondering is, are the converters on my modified MOTU 828MKII sufficient enough to get the signal out then back in again? If not, what would *you* recommend? 2. Cranesong HEDD. Again, you guys seem to dig pretty much anything made by Cranesong, their reputation seems to be a good enough selling point for me. This thing is really expensive though, so if option 1 could go ADDA-less I would rather hit that route. 3. Neve Portico 5042. I cant find much user info about this, but it's 2 channels and 1650$ so it fits. Again, I wonder about ADDA with this. I'm open to any other options you guys might have. I'm not looking to just spend money to have more $*^t laying around, I do want a better sound. The music I make is purely ITB industrial/electronic/experimental, there is no live instrumentation to speak of, yet.