as i'm sure i've mentioned in other posts, i'm upgrading a lot of things and wanted to get the RO oppinion. (you've all been so helpful already). my band is not hard rock--if anything it's along the lines of ben folds...a lot of acoustic instruments and LOTS of rhodes :lol: i run cubase sx3 on a powerbook, using motu 896 (firewire). my plan was to purchase an ISA 428 with the AD converters as well as an API 3124+, and just use the motu as a go-between. i'm aware that these two pres are fairly similar, the API being a bit more colored...my question is, should i be looking at a setup more like ISA 428 and UA 2-610?? basically, should i be looking at a slower, possibly tube, VERY colored alternative to the API? thanks for your help!