Hi guys, I own a Boss BR-8 studio-in-a-box unit and for the most part it's been fine for recording demos, but realistically there is nothing really to pro about this unit. I've completed a set of songs and want to record a professional sounding album, but beyond this unit and two preamps, it's really all I have. A while ago I made a thread in regards to a dinosaur of a preamp I had, and noise issues when connecting to my preamp. The preamp itself was not grounded and w/ the aid of Remy and Dave, it became apparently clear that not only could this be a safety issue but could be where my noise was coming from, among other issues. So eighty bucks later my preamp has a new grounded cable, full inspection, and cleaning and I was ready to go...or so I thought. I still received dreadful amounts of noise and although a direct box or short TRS patches seemed to eliminate the some of the problem it still remained. So after about a months worth of research I decided to go with something more modern w/ a vintage vibe and purchased an UA LA-610 from http://www.soniccircus.com, it came to my doorstep a few weeks later, all shiny and new. I was happy, no ground issues, hand-made thoroughly tested, you know the good stuff. After a good read of the manual, I powered up the unit connected it to my br-8 using an XLR to 1/4" TRS, again noise and lots of it. I sat there for about an hour and half troubleshooting every slightest possibility and configuration and alas no luck. So what are the chances I have two faulty preamps? What could be causing this issue, is it because I'm going through a XLR(hot) to 1/4"? I'm such a novice at these things, but I'll spend my days with endless reading on the net and I just can't figure it out! Is this Boss BR-8 some sort of hell spawn w/ 3rd party outboard gear, or am I just unlucky? Should I just look into DAW instead or an external mixer? You guys have been so helpful in the past, if you could shed any light I would be most obliged. P.S. I contacted UA about 15 mins ago, maybe they can help.