Howdy folks, Please keep this bumped so that I might get a lot of suggestions. Just bought some new gear for the studio and am looking for some expert advice on when, where and how to use it. I run a 24 channel Allen & Heath board to MOTU 2408 MKII to Nuendo2 Have 2 Nueman TLM 103s 2 Sennheiser MD421s 4 SM57s 4 SM58s 2 BLUE Dragonflys 1 R0DE Classic II 1 Beta52 1 AKG D112 Bought a Universal Audio 6176 channel strip (mono pre, eq + comp) Also a Presonus ACP 88 (8 channel pre, gate, comp) And a FMR Really Nice Compressor. I wonder how I can get the most use out of everything. I mainly track rock projects. I have a really live drum room, and a very quiet iso room. I have had very good success using the UA6176 with the RODE Classic II on Vox. Other than that and acoustic instruments, I really am at a loss to see where I would use the UA as it is only mono. It does have the feature of running preamp and compressor separately which is pretty cool, but where? I am also looking for all suggestions of how I can configure things for tracking drums. I have a huge inventory of plugins, but I thought I might clean up things before hitting the software. Thanks for all your help.