this is not a summing thread
At least I don't think it's about summing, probably more about hardware inserts, but I'm new to analog gear but I'll give it a shot anyway.
Currently I track with an Apogee Duet 2. Love it, simple and effective, and I rarely need more than 2 I/O. I will be upgrading my interface soon tho because I'd like digital I/O (I'll be buying either a Kemper or Axe FX II and would prefer SPDIF).
I also plan on buying a pre... not because the Apogee's are bad, but because I'd like another 'color'. I thought choosing something like a BAE 1073MP or a Chandler Germanium might be a good way to liven and thicken up my guitars and bass. I've also considered a pre along the lines of Vintech.
Then I got thinking (dangerous) -- I do quite a bit with soft synths, mostly omnisphere and Absynth... it might be nice to occasionally send those out to the pre and back in for girth, or flavor or grit or what have you. Same with the drums (mostly done in SSD4).
A single channel for the bass or guitar isn't and issue since I don't track them in stereo. But if I'm sending out a synth's stereo signal into a single channel pre, I'm starting to see a problem.
A really good single channel pre at $1000-$1300 is at the absolute wall of my budget; spending $1800+ on a dual channel is definitely outside my budget.
Am I right to assume that sending a stereo out into a single channel pre is out of the question (I know, this seems so basic). Am I missing something? Am I spot on?