Hi. I am sort of a newbie to recording, though I have been playing music and writing for many years. I'm writing because I need advice on setting up my project studio. I have been currently working with the following (consumer, and from what I gather not ideal) gear: 1) A/D and Preamps: M-Audio Profire 2) Mics: Shure Betas (assorted 87A, 57A, etc.) This adds up to a very consumer project studio. I want to take things up a notch and buy some better gear that may yield professional or close to professional results. I would hope to be able make a purchase that would allow me to get a "near" studio recording. I am working in less than ideal conditions in terms of room treatment, but unfortunately, changing this is not an option. I am looking to make a purchase and think I can spend something in the $1500 - $2000 range that includes a Mic Pre, a Mic and some sort of substitute to room treatment. I mostly want to record acoustic guitars, electric guitars (amps) and male vocals. Drums will be midi until I win the lottery... As a substitute to room treatment (even though I know there is no substitute) I have been looking into purchasing an SE Electronics Reflection Filter Pro: Sampling Theory for Digital Audio ¿Does anyone know if this thing is any good? ¿Is it worth the money? ¿Are there any alternatives I am not considering? For Preamps I have been comparing these: UA Solo 610 Sampling Theory for Digital Audio Focusrite ISA One Classic Sampling Theory for Digital Audio And the Blue Microphones Robbie (even though it looks like WALL-E) Sampling Theory for Digital Audio ¿Which of these preamps is better suited for the purposes I need? ¿Which is "better", if there is such a thing as better? For the Mic, I am nearly sold on the AKG C414 XLII Sampling Theory for Digital Audio Is this a good pick for my needs? I have been reading wonderful stuff about it. I would continue to use the m-audio profire for A/D purposes. Would this be the "weak link" in my signal chain? I know the ideal would be to just go out and try all the gear, but I live in Costa Rica and am ordering online... so its not really an option. I need good advice from people who know what they are talking about. ¿Am I going about this the right way? Thanks so much!!