I hate to beat a dead horse because I've read almost every post tackling this subject, but I need some personalized help. I'm using a Tascam FW1884 and tracking to hard drive using Cubase SX 2.0. I'm using the on board pre's and here is my mic list: 1-Shure Beta52a 4-Shure SM57 2-Okatava 012 1-Oktava MK-319 I'm looking for a nice sounding mic pre that will compliment these mics. Here is the catch....I don't have a large budget ($500), and I know you get what you pay for, but I need something that will be a few steps up from the pre's on board. My main concerns are the sound of the kick drums, guitars, and vocals. Those are the few things that these pre's don't do a good job with. Everything else isn't bad. Let me know what you think....I was thinking a two channel for overheads and a single for the kick,...that should make the drums sound nice. Then I'd have options when recording guitars/vocals. Give me some ideas of what you think would work. I'm sick of being lied to at music stores.