I am in the process of setting up a small studio to do some recording for my bands Indie label project. My requirements are rather odd in that we have banjo, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin, drums (full kit), elect. bass and vocals. (Not all inst. @ once , only five band members.) So far I have: 2 Echo Layla 3G's 1 Sebatron 4000e mic pre 1 Groove Tubes Bricks Nuendo 2.2 Soundcrft Spirit 24 ch board 1 Studio Projects C1 1 AT 3035 3 AT PRO37r's 1 Too many 57's too count 1 Shure Beta 87 1 CAD Equatek 100 2 Shure BG 4.1's 1 Sure KSM 44 AMD 3000+ 1.5gigs ram Blue Sky Media desk monitors Main tracking will be done with 14 15 tracks max. The only thing I want to use the Spirit mixing board for is for heaphone mixes for tracking overdubs. What other mic pre's would you all suggest ? I have been looking @ the Hamptone JFETS just for something different. Maybe a JML TMP8 too ?? I know for a fact great mic pres and good mics are what seperate the men from the boys when it comes to tracking....(well good ears and tons of experience may have more than a little to do with it too.) I know I need a good kick drum mic any suggestions) I know I will need some compressors but we want to use as little as possible.....kick......bass......vocals I am guessing. Looking at FMR RNP's for all but the bass. I am not married to these ideas of mine. This is what I have come up with so far. $4-5000 is my budget for the rest of what I need. Thnx David B.