Originally Posted by IngeniousMindz
So what do you suggest?
Well it all depends on what style you want I suppose, the colour / pre / compressor thing is usually cool for rock or a coloured pop vibe.. normally though I suggest getting something free of colour and just dirty it up a bit in the mix.
For the best sort of high end but cheap, I would go for DAKING personally. It's a bit of a can do it all.. I use API mainly but hence my Signature I do a lot of rock and metal.
Although I would say out of everything, the pre-amps are probably the least of your concerns..
You need good Mic's, SM7b works for some and not others.. It ain't the holy grail I'm afraid.. Duet is a good interface, but like someone else says there is nothing really wrong with the Duet Pre's.. It won't stop you making commercial grade material even though we are on gearslutz..
What will stop you making commercial grade material is:
Crap untreated rooms
Crap plugins and tools in general
Knowledge of what your doing..
I remixed some crap I did many years ago with an SM58 and an Mbox Pro.. It sounded sweet when I remixed it.. Made a complete ass of it at the time..