I just finished a tracking session with some of the local kids (I call them kids, they're like 21 and 22) while using some of the gear I have been sent to review. First in this post, I want to share my impressions of the newest version of the TMP8 from JLM AUDIO. I reviewed the original TMP8 about 16 months ago and I was very impressed with their clear aggressive sound. On the last TMP8 JLM had sent, I had requested that they bypass the built in limiters. On this unit I decided to have them set at the factory for the input level of my Alesis AI3's and I'm soooooooo glad I did! I am amazed at how well this approach works. On the back of the unit, below each channel there's a female mini jack. Accompanying the unit are 8 male mini plugs that when inserted in the jacks, activate the limiters to engage -2dB of your DAWs clip point. When the plugs are not inserted into the jacks, the limiter engage at -2 dB of the mic pres clip point. With the limiters engaged, I dialed up levels on a drum set. I had a D112 deep inside the kick, near where the beater hits and a D4 just inside the hole. I miced the snare with a 57 coming at it from under the hat and a ATM Pro 35 coming from the ride tom side. ATM Pro 35's were all around for the four toms.. A Pair of 4033s were on the over heads through a GRMP2NV and a pair of AKG 460s were on overhead duties as well, run through a pair of system 9098s pres (eq section bypassed) An AKG 541 through a Sebatron vmp 4000e pre finished of the drum kit for a total of 11 mics! When I get the time I will post sound clips of these drums miced as I described. On the drums I was able to turn up the TMP8 channels so that the blue limiter lights lit up brightly, indicating that the limiters were engaging. No matter how high I cranked the pres the levels neve went over -2dB on the digital meters of the DAW and the AI3's never showed an over. Pushing the levels of the TMP8 sounded more like tape compression than anything else I have ever heard other than the real thing itself. I was very impressed at how loud and punchy I was able to get the drums. Just as the last time I used the TMP8 for drums, they recorded tracks really don't require any eqing on play back. In fact when I tried eqing the kick drum a bit more, I really couldn't improve it any.