No,no sex here,it was ment to atract your attention as i need some help guys..... I'm building my budget to my new forth coming studio. My main interest would be working in logic environment and producing electronic music(using synths,softsynths,samplers and plugins). However,I'm about to buy a decent mic as well(considering the Rode NT1 as a good option) and obviously-A good pre-amp as well....(£100-£300) Now,i have some questions regarding to the pre-amp for those of you that can help please... 1.The 'Platinum' series look good enought and offer variety of pre-amps...what would you recommend? Most of the signal processing(i.e.-dynamics,EQ,Fx etc...)will be handled by plugins on my PC(eventhough it's not the same..)any suggestion guys? any comment would be helpful.... 2.How can i connect the pre-amp to my PC,or better saying,to my soundcard(using audiophile 2496)? As far as i understood it's better to avoid unbalanced connectors throughout the signal-chain and the M-audio has only RCA's and S/PDIF connectors... - The same goes to connecting my monitors(Mackie 624's).. How can i obtain balanced connectors within my studio(pre-amp-PC-monitors)? I would appreciate any of your suggestions guys Thanx. Kobi.