Greetings RO: While I was tempted to post this on the 'Studio' board as well since mic selection and technique are factored in, I think it makes the most sense here on the Gear forum. Here goes: which eight channel mic pre would one select for best quality (and value) to record a rock drummer? Will have a mix of SM57 and AKG condenser mics direct - plus a stereo pair of Rode condensers as the OH mics. Poss another condenser on the room. My shopping 'wish list' now includes the Mackie Onyx 800R (front runner), PreSonus Digimax LT 48, and the Focusrite Octopre. The latter two A/Ds include some form of compressor/limiter in the chain along with the usu. 48V HPF and other 'standard' options on each channel. Was also thinking that the Mackie 1620 console is a good value since I could use its post-EQ and channel direct outs to my 002R and also use the board for creating up to four cue sends to headphone amp via the AUX sends. Thoughts comments, questions, flames all appreciated. Thanks!