ok here is what i have currently in the studio ill do this in list form its easier. 1. daw - ptle 001 waves native power pack 1 and 2 acid 4.0 vegas video cooledit and a few good direct x plug ins 2. mixer tascam dm24 digital board, korg 168rc digital board "old" 3. mics nady drum mics "7" rode nt5s matched pair sm57s "2" akg 1000 2000b and 3000 and a mxlv69 tube mic 4. pres "laughs" 16 tascam pres better then presonous but not great sm audio 8 channel pre before i had the tascam still better then the art pre on every channel "sad really" art tube mp "bass di" presonous bluetube hey i got it for 75 bucks and 2 pres on the 001 there is also 2 on the korg 168rc again nothing to brag about count them 31 pres and nothing great and i call this a studio 5. outboard behringer tube eq behringer 9024 6 band multi compressor i prefer this thing over waves c4 presonus smart compressor has its limited uses the hardwear mic modeler i loved it so much i bought the hardware version "stupid mistake that could have been a good 900 to go toards pres" and a digitech s100 reverb 6. monitoring mackie hr624s and alesis point 7s with a sampson amp, sennheizer hd600 phones, akg 240s and a sampson 5 channel headphone amp and various headphones cables connectors crap that makes a studio etc. ok so i have the crap that makes a studio. Now i want the goods that makes a studio. I have $3,000 to spend and i think the obvious place to start is the lacking preamps correct? My concept for studio pres are as follows correct me if im wrong I think a professional studio can get away with 3 pres to start with, an 8 channel, a stereo channel, and a single mic pre. 8 for drums 2 for acoustic guitars, keyboards stereo samplers etc. and the single channel is obvious vocals. Again this is starters. I know in a real studio you will have around 4 or 5 channel strips for just vocals. I’m not asking to have all 3 filled in my budget that would be crazy, but i want 1 solution for the 3,000. This is what i was thinking if I’m going to get an 8 channel pre If i could get a summing bus with it i could have 2 very important fuctions of the studio used not just a drum pre ,but also able to run my mixes through it for a diffrent flavor something similar to a larger console feel now the first thing im sure your thinking what would I be mixing without any decent mics or pres etc. I work in other studios and im wanting this room for a mix room. I’ll track outside this studio anyway mostly on location recording some in professional studios i get a bit of both. so do you guys know of any pre that would work for this? Or do you have another solution? I was thinking first of the tube tracker, but ive had great exsperence with trident I love the s20 pre so I’m looking at the trident s100 possibly. I think that would add a nice flavor of color to my mixing. The tracks I want warmer I could output to the trident the tracks I want left as they are I could run through the tascam and run them both together at the same time to a standalone burner. Plus im sure the s100 would make a killer all around pre. What do you guys think? Anyone use the s100? Its in my budget. ,But I don’t know. Am I even on the right track in thinking here?