In an unrelated post, marsvolta posed this question, and I'm very interested in hearing the answer as I am doing something similar...I'm running into a Focusrite TT Pro, to a dbx266xl and then into my Tascam FW-1884 to get the signal into my computer. "Maybe a dumb question, but... ... what's the point using a pure Class A micpre like the Seb's before the Firepod converters and pres in the chain? Won't the signal just be degraded again when it meets the inputs of the Firepod?" -marsvolta What do you guys think? I originally bought the FW-1884 because I was attracted to the amount of pre's, controller, and firewire capability, but recently purchased the TT Pro for some decent pre's...is this degrading the signal by going to the FW-1884?