Hi all, I am new here and I have a few questions. I have come into a bit of money for mic pre's and nearfield monitors. I am part of a rock band, and we play live a lot but we'll also be cutting some tracks in the near future using my digi 002. For mic pres I am considering the following: Focusrite OctoPre Digimax LT Mackie Onyx 1620 Our current mixer is just an Alesis Studio 12R rackmount, so I am tempted to kill two birds with one stone and get the Onyx. Plus, it would be easier to buy the firewire card for it and just take my laptop to gigs and leave the digi 002 home. But are it's mic pre's in the same class as the other two? I saw Cedar Flats prefers using his Mackie preamps to a presonus M80 which is a similar amp to the Digimax LT. I have heard that the Digimax sounds better than this particular Focusrite, but I haven't been able to AB them. Haven't heard anything about the Onyx. Any thoughts on which of these would sound the best overall? Remember, this is a rock band going into a Digi 002 and the preamp will need to be used to record vocals too. Now, onto the subject of nearfield monitors. Right now I am considering the following: Blue Sky ProDesk Mackie HR824 Event Studio Precision 8 Event 20/20bas V2 Right now the Blue Sky is definitely at the top of my list. I have heard very good things about them, but have not been able to listen to them in person. Any thoughts on the various monitors above? Does Blue Sky make a good sounding setup or should I steer clear of them?