Hello, I have been equipping my home studio over the last couple of years. To give you some idea of where I'm at in the process, here is an abbreviated list of what I'm using : PC with SONAR2 XL Aardvark Q10 Interface Mics : AKG Solidtube, SHURE KSM32, AKG C3000, AKG C1000s, Sennheiser 421, SM57, AKG D112, EV RE20 Outboard for recording : Joe Meek VC1Q Outboard but haven't used for recording : Mackie CR1604VLZ, dbx 166a compressor Monitors : Far Field - Vintage JBL 4311b, Near Field - Event 20/20 Bas I think you can see from the equipment list I don't have pro gear but it's not all crap either so I'm not likely to buy a $5K Avalon or a Behringer either. I've tried to use the "best bang for the buck" mantra in choosing my equipment. I would like to have access to more (or better) compression for more than one channel at a time when I'm recording and I'm not sure which way to go : just use the pre's on the Aardvark and purchase a better multi-channel compressor or go with a channel strip mic pre that has compression built in. I would like to have at least two more channels available for compressing bass guitar and bass drum (or some other combination) being recorded concurrently. I would probably use the Joe Meek for the vocal track and the second pre-amp or compressor or pre-amp/compressor combo for the other two. The Aardvark has inserts for four of the eight channels. I have looked at the dbx 376, Presounus VXP and the Focusrite Dual Track pre-amp/compressors, but I'm wondering if I would be better off to just invest in a decent quality compressor (HHB or Joe Meek?). I guess the simple question is, given what I have so far, is it better to invest in better compression and live with the pre-amps I have access to, or would it make more sense to get better pre-amps along with the additional outboard compression I'm seeking? I realize this may be like asking "what is the best mic I can buy?". My confusion is coming from the research I have done so far which seems to indicate that some units are great pre-amps and some are great compressors but rarely are they good at both, particularly when there's more than one channel involved. Of course, this rule is null and void for those units that are priced in the range of the space shuttle. Any help would be great. Thanks!