OK, I have a few demons to service here. I need to spend GBP £2-£3,000 to make my studio 'look better'. I have what I consider to be a perfectly fine signal chain - Buzz Compressors, Sebatrons, TMP8, Fireface, usual semi-pro mics; K2, gefell m930, audix and akg drumsets, studio projects c4s, running into cubase on a Mac G5. Monitor system is Dynaudio 6s and a carver amp, with some smaller Yamaha MSP5s for comparison. Now. I have a big project coming up for the Scottish Arts Council which will garner a lot of press. I need people to get the 'wow factor' when they come into the place, and at the moment a white keyboard and a bundle of esoteric rack stuff doesn't do the job. I know what I'd LIKE to put in to make things sound better - perhaps better converters, a ViPre or some Great River pres, and some tasty mics - thinking of the Soundelux iFet7 and a set of Josephson stereo SDs. But in fact what I need to do is put a big facking desk in. This is compounded by the fact that one of my engineers can't stand the thought of working on a desk - he does dub, 2-step, ska and beats programming and wants instant recall on the input system - he gets that anyway, just skip the desk, but whatever - if there was a big-ass 32-channel desk with recall faders I'd put it in. I'm hoping some of you can suggest a solution for me. I'd like ideally to buy an iFet7, the Josephsons, and put a Toft 24-channel desk in - but at $6k from mercenary, that desk eats my budget before mics. The trouble I have is I know what the project needs is to sound good - and a few new mics is all I need. But it needs to look good as well - we'll be putting in new windows, lighting and generally rewiring the patchbays and so forth, and I need some kind of placebo desk - if it served a purpose, all the better. Anybody got any ideas? Or something they wanna sell me?