I am investingating the Focusrite ISA 428 Pre. It has a price point around $1500 for 4 inputs based on NEVE design. This would be my first "real" pre purchase. I am planning it to go into an Event EZ-Bus digital mixer direct to the a Mackie SDR recorder (on order) or straight into the Mackie depending on which converters sound better. Primary Mic is a Rode NT1. I plan on buying better mics and AD converters down the road.