I didn't want to step on anybody's thread but I just read one on which someone said ; gear doesn't make good recording, performance does. I just have enough of those 'What's the most important thing' threads. So lets just discuss it once and stop the future arguments! Here's my thoughts, throw me rocks all you want ! Dear pro performance person: a great performance makes great music. By itself, it doesn't make any recording. Mics, pre and other gear transform sound into recordings. Great music with great gear makes great recordings. Get the best band and the wrong gear, it'll sound like crap. Dear pro gear person : Although you can't record without gear, if one signer is off pitch, off beat and the music is all wrong, well, the recording will be bad with any gear. Dear pro skill person : Knowing your gear, technics and having a great hearings skills will let you record on any gear but on who is so skilled will also agree some gear sound like crap. In the end, EVERY PART OF RECORDING MUSIC IS IMPORTANT !! Could we not agree that everyone asks questions in relation with what they need to know and learn and the questions will reflect the level of knowledge aquired. Respect !!