i'm goin to rent some very pro preamps to see if i want to make the next step in my recording business and buy some nice pro quality preamps to make my recordings one step a head of the competition, goin to use for kick and snare primarily but any pro preamp should sound good on everything compared to stock preamps, the genres i record are mostly emo/scream/rock/metal/acoustic/hardcore. for just tracking. which should i try first, the api pres or the neve, i've heard they are both sweet on drums, which one is more flavourfilled, i love aggressive sounding recordings with lots of flavor, i've never used a "real" nice preamp, and i'd rather try out a really nice preamp than buy a shitty preamp. i also want to try some pro compressors and a pro eq for use with the kick mic. i have no idea what kind of eq to try, a nice 4 band with two sweepable mids for kick drum shaping. and i've always been curious on how a distressor would sound on a kick, or one of those famous limiters. lemme know what you all think, or have tried, or do.