I had an LX7 and sold it to buy outboard preamps, the lx7 did a good job but, the sound of drums I can do today is very different and to my taste it is better. I use a Soundcraft K2 3 - 4 times a year for live work and I can say those preamps have better transient and warm tone then many mixers I use. I don't like endless preamp discussions because they are often based on opinions and tastes. BUT, it is still obvious that I woundn't want to work with an audiobuddy.. I accord my tastes and budget limits together with the honesty of knowing what I own is not the best out there. In the end when a musician comes to my studio, I try to chose the tools I have to the best of what they can do. Any one that starts to record with a XLR to usb cable I will discourage to do so unless they have no choice.