Hello everyone! This is my first post on the forum. After doing some research, I've come to you guys for some help in finding quality equipment that won't break the bank. I already HAVE a set up, but need to take it up a notch. I have a friend whos an audio engineer. Hes got a great ear and delivers results, but doesnt get the hint that I can't afford most of the high end stuff hes pushing on me... I'm not poor, but I dont have $5,000 either! Hence why I've come to this forum... A little about me: I play guitar in a metal band called THY KINGDOM GONE ... you can check it out here: Thy Kingdom Gone - Battle Metal ... scroll to the player and listen to Tomorrow... all of that was done with the set up I am about to outline. So I have a WORKING set up, but want/need to take the next step. The guitars, bass and drums were all recorded direct. The drum samples are from Superior Drummer, recorded with a Roland electric kit and a midi interface. What I have: DAW: Cubase 5 on a Windows 7 system. 6 gigs RAM with an AMD Athlon II X2 235e Processor 2.7ghz Interface: POD UX2 with library updates Preamp: Samson CValve Monitors: Studiophile DX4's (these need to be replaced as one of them is acting up on me) Mics: SM57, AT4040 I am looking to upgrade the interface, preamp and monitors. I will also be purchasing a Radial XAmp for re-amping. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated! My budget is flexible, but I'd like to keep the upgrades under $1500 on the HIGH end of the spectrum. Thank you for reading!