OK so I was told by Roland that their mic pres are fine....BS. OK so I was told that mic pres don't mean all that............BS. OK so I was told expensive mic pres aren't necssary........BS. I went by my instincts and electronics knowledge and spent a lot on pres. I have a UA SOLO 610 and an LA 610, Great River ME-1NV and a Summit 2BA-221. They were worth every penny and it was expensive......they all do different things well. What a difference in sound and tone. I use the SOLO 610 for my guitar and POD. I use the summit for some drum stuff like cymbals and the Great River is awesome on a kick. I'm still working on all of them with my Rode mic to get the best sound for me. I'm still learning about these pres and recording as I am a true neophyte, but I was blessed with good ears and a lot of actual musical experience. I hate not having real tone controls on the Roland 2400, I am going to get some matching EQs eventually and compressors. I don't know when I can afford them but they are on my list. So to those who want to get a better sound on your home studio......spelerge on the best mic pre you can afford. If you can't get a real tube pre, then get a good solid state one. Don't get a phony tube one, your better off with something like a RNP which is on my list. The sound is so much better, fatter, bigger, warmer and more detailed with depth and dimension. It was amazing what the SOLO 610 did for my guitar sound since I cannot mic an amp in my apartment. I also have to go direct with the bass and I use drum pads. The Great River and Summit added such realism to the sound of those drum pads I was shocked. The Roland has some nice on board stuff but nothing beats analog units with actual knobs to get a true sound. I'll be posting my next and second recording soon, I just taught myself how to play drums so don't expect too much. And my vocals are just close to good enough.