I'm finally going to step up and get the big purchases out of the way, and I was wondering if you guys can help. I've decided not to replace my interface at this point. I use a delta 66 with OMNI breakout with the following config.: 2 XLR/TRS combo jacks with pre's 2 Line Level TRS In's 2 s/pdif in's I will be recording just my own projects at this time. Drums will be recorded with 4 mics most of the time, never more than 6. My question is this: I need 2 ch pre for the line in's and 2 ch pre and conversion for the digital ins I am under the impression that the converters in the Delta are crummy (i find them thin and 2-D). I'm thinking that if the converters are crap than I can get away with cheap pre's for the line in's and go all out on the pre used for the digital ins.... is that the right way of thinking? My budget is going to be around $2000 Would I get a better cost/performance ratio if I get, for example, the sebatron vmp2000 and something like this: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/srs7/g=home/search/detail/base_pid/180631/ I understand if I do the latter I will have 6 ch of crappy conversion. anybody have any insight on this?