So last weekend I was fortunate enough to drive down to Jacksonville, Fla. and pick up this Ramsa WR-T820 console from our own Moonbaby. I'd like to thank him for setting me up with this beast and putting me into another chapter of recording/engineering, which has really grown as a passion for me. Thanks Moon! So rather than burden him directly with niggling questions, I'd like to open it up to the 'community' for direction and guidance. To that point, there's way too much to type everything in my head, so I'll try and be specific and direct with my questions which are, at this time, mostly around physical connections. First some information about the gear... The main portion of the rear panel offers the following connections: 1) Send Pre: RCA jack -10db unbalanced. According to the manual, this is to be used for connection to the meter bridge. 2) Direct Out: RCA jack -10 unbalanced 3) Tape In: RCA jack -20db to +10 unbalanced 4) Insertion: 1/4" TRS -10db unbalanced 5) Line Input: 1/4" TRS +10db 6) Mic Input: XLR -60db to +20 balanced Additionally, there are -10 and +4 RCA outputs for each group (16 total). Given my limited understanding this is what I would like to do: 1) to connect/integrate my existing outboard preamps 2) utilize the boards pre's/EQ in 'normal' fashion (whatever that may mean, right?) My interface is the RME FF800 which accepts 1/4 TRS inputs/output adjustable to +4 or -10db. So here are a few questions: 1) Inputs - for connecting my external pres, on the ones that offer -10db jacks, should I connect them at -10db to the board? Since they've been directly connected to my FF, I've kept their connections at +4. If so, should I use the Insertion jack or the Line In jack? The Insertion only allows me to utilize the channel fader while the Line In allows me to use the trim pot and EQ as well. Since I can use the Trim pot with this connection, does that also mean that I'm using the boards pre in addition the pre that I'm connecting. If so, not good, eh? 2) Outputs - for connecting to the FF800, should I use the Direct out RCA jack at -10db available at each channel or use the group out RCA jacks at -10 or +4db? The meter bridge doesn't always work when I connect it via the Send Pre, sometimes I have to use the Direct Out, which then forces me to use a Group out on my channels to connect to my FF800. There's more to this, but I want to stop here as I could probably babble on for quite some time. I'd like to see if I can get some answers and offer back more info as assistance is given. Please let me know if there's any other info that I can provide to help clarify things.