Let me see if I can explain what I'm thinking. Rather than babble and try to form it as a question, I think I'll just plaster the facts of my scenario. ======================================== I have a Duet, so I'm limited to two channels (at a time). I want to be able to record more than 2 at a time, perhaps up to 5 or 6. I record electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vox, bass...never drums. I don't see that in the future either. Maybe keys some day soon. I have a few pieces of outboard gear that I wouldn't mind trying to use in my recordings; reverb, delay, chorus, etc. I have a single channel preamp right now (GR), but would like to get more in the future. ========================================= Ok, so given that info, it's obvious that the things that I want to do can't happen with my setup, specifically with the Duet. Which leads me to the 'question' part of all of this..... Will something like an Ensemble allow me to do what I want? Being 8 channel instead of 2, is that the 'simple' answer? Will it allow me to integrate outboard gear if/when I desire? What if down the road I have a few more preamps that I'd like to use, but I don't want to have to "unplug this to plug in that" sort of thing...integration of multiple pres basically. Just choose what I want and go for it. Would a mixer be a viable solution...something like an Onyx? ========================================== I'm going to stop there. I know that's a lot, but I don't know how to put it all out there in any more of a simple fashion. I respect the advice that you guys offer, so I don't want to waste your time with none sense. Cuttin' to the chase. Thank you.