I recently purchased a Fostex MR8-HD to record some demo-quality material. Now, I believe the next step in making some of these recordings "decent" is to add some outboard gear (or plug-ins). Having very little knowledge I'd like to know some opinions on what to purchase first, and if I should purchase units that are "all-in-one". I haven't set a budget, because I'm just getting ideas... but because I'm horribly cheap and poor it will probably be in the 100-200 dollar range. I've looked at the Presonus TubePre and Bluetube mic pre's and from what I've read it seems the TubePre is not really worth it, but the tubes in the BlueTube are better and a lot of the reviews were positive (I want atleast two channels for my mic pre anyway.... although if someone only need one channel they could purchase the TubePre and just buy better tubes to put in it... I'm thinking out loud). Anyway, any opinions on either of these? If not, any opinions on a different two channel mic pre that is comparable price wise? What about a compressor? Limiter? Equalizer (MR8-HD has no EQ.... so this seems fairly important)? Compressor/Limiter? Exciter? Multi-effect unit? Again... very little experience with outboard gear items so any advice is appreciated. In addition, I don't want to add on gear just to have more gear - I like the minimalist approach and really only would like to get it to contribute to the recordings (not in an attempt to impress people). Lastly, you should know I dump all the .wav files from the MR8HD onto the computer to mix, so plug-ins are also an option. And.... one final question related to the EQ comment above. In your opinion is it better to record the EQ'd material or can you get equally good results EQing recorded material after the fact with plug-ins? If this is the case, I can avoid purchasing a lot of extra equipment and save space and edit my audio with plug-ins. I am open to that idea as well. Any and all advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks!