Mod, please move if this belongs in a different forum. It is budget gear, but the principle still remains behind it. I am sure some other high-end pieces have the same option I am talking about. I am thinking of purchasing an alesis 3630 from my friend for 50 bucks, and have been doing some research on it. It has the peak and RMS modes to it, and to my understanding the peaks only monitors the transients and the RMS monitors the average signal. During tracking purposes only, what would some different uses on putting something to track before it goes in the box? (I already know some of you are going to question why I don't just do it in the box, but let's save that for another thread if you want.) For instance, what instruments or voices would get which choice (if any at all), and what would be the reasons for the effect behind it. Thank for anyone who chimes in!