hi everybody ! (i hope my english is understandable ! ) for now i am running my synths' outputs (waldorf microwave II, korg prophecy, roland mks-50 and kurzweil micropiano) through a mackie 1402 mixer to record them in protools (888/24 as a/d). in order to improve the overall quality of my sound, i am looking for a new way to get my synths' sounds. i also need to record voices, acoustic guitars or noises, so i need a mic-line preamp. i am ready to test every kind of preamp, but would need some starting advices... (the primary reason is that certain devices are available only in the USA, i will so have to pay big postal charges for every "exotic preamp" -i live in france- that i will want to test ) as an example, i have been told the brent averill's 1272 and 1073 neve-like are very good, as well as the vintech audio 1272-like... but i don't know where to start as there are so many different preamps ! as i have a non-stretchable budget, i prefer to have a hi-quality 2 channel preamp instead of a mid-quality 8 channel one. as for my tastes, i am certainly very impressed by some old recordings (like the Miles Davis Kind Of Blue's last re-issue for example) and their unbelievable sound but i am also (and especially as i have a computer-oriented setup) into extensive sound processing mixed with real sounds. what impresses me most is Nine Inch Nails and its highly-contrasted audio landscapes (and i think that the last Dr Dre is huge ! ). voila... (i am planning to test about 5 different preamps,i hope this will be enough) Any help would be appreciated !