Okay, here’s a bit of a puzzler for you… First, a little background: I’ve set up our kit (a ‘67 Ludwig oyster pearl kit with a Black Beauty snare) with these mics: Snare top: EV N/D 468 Snare bottom: Audix D1 Rack and Floor Tom: Sennheiser 421MkII on each Kick: D112 with Earthworks KickPad right after the mic Overheads: two Beyer M201TGs Room: either CAD VSM or AT 4047…or, Heaven help me, another, better mic Now that you know the mic situation, I’ll tell you that I have a Focusrite ISA 428 and I’m most likely getting a Sebatron VMP 4000e, to fill out the eight channels. My first question is: which drums should go into which preamp? I have a feeling it’ll sound great no matter what, but I’d like to hear what ya’ll think is best. I’m not a Tube Snob, either, just to let you know. I just want to use what’s best for this situation. I was thinking: ISA 428: Toms and Overheads Seb: Snare top and bottom, kick, and room Is there a better scenario? What would you do? The music I’m recording is definitely rock, but very melodic and dynamic. I want the best result out of my drums. Do I have the right combination? Would you tweak the inputs, or the mic selection? Annnnnnnnnnnnd…when the time comes to overdub guitars, will the Seb and the ISA do a good job? Same thing with bass, if I want to mic the cab and DI it as well, and I want a nice fat kickin’ sound…not to mention vocals, which need to be clean but not sterile…what I’m asking is, can I do all those things through the preamps I have or do I need to use those for drums and get a Grace or Great River or something else for dubbing? What would you recommend? If it matters, my purchases over the next 6-12 months will most likely be an API Lunchbox (which I’ll start filling, of course, slowly but surely), a pair of U87s and a Lawson MP47 (which is first on my list). In the meantime, how do I get the most bang out of what I’ve already got, and is an “overdubbing only” preamp necessary? I sincerely value your opinions. If you can help me out with this, I owe you a Coke.