I would use a multichannel compressor, preferably 6, 8, or 10 channels. This is a hobby, so price is a factor-- less than a grand please! Size is also a factor, as is knobbage. I need a good balance between smallish size and immediate control. One knob per basic function per channel is optimal. The sound quality is important, but so is the ability to get a nice, hard crunch. Note that since I'm no pro, I won't be able to appreciate the difference between mid-range and high-end stuff, much less properly apply it. I'm aware of the Presonous ACP88, but I've not heard one. Anyone have an opinion on that piece? Is there anything else out there? Thanks for any and all advice!!