First Post... Yo i'm just now getting started on recording; i've been playing music for quite some time and have a workable knowledge of equipment and live sound, but absolutely no studio experience. I'm just looking to make good demos at home. It's finally time to pursue distribution. I'm set on mics, acoustics, etc. I've always been a punk rock DIY'er, but this time I need some fatherly advice. I've never used preamps. Hell, i've never even used a mixer. My guitar goodie bag is more than enough, but I realize that vocals are to be a major concern now. My friend is gonna hook me up with a second-hand fostex mr-8 for practically nothing. Could I use a lineout on a high-wattage power amp instaead of an outboard preamp and what would those results be like? If I need a pre, how about these choices: Peavey Unity 300 mixer (I know, but it's really cheap) Yamaha MG10/2 (only twice as much) Mackie 1402 VLZ (almost 4x the price of the yammie) SP VTB-1 (or another likewise low-end pre) How do those board's pres stack up against the low ends like the vtb? I'm in line to get any of these relatively cheap, but am very poor, so a good choice is imperative. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.