Originally Posted by thetuningroom
...We've acquired some decent gear, but I wanted to know what peoples thought was about placing the mic pres after the mixer,...
Normally, this would be considered a big "no-no" because most mic pres would simply be overdriven and sound really crappy if you did that unless you inserted an attenuator between the mixer output and the mic pre. However, the Vintech VA 573 has a line input that's apparently routed through the input transformer, so there is no technical reason not to use it that way. It can handle the line level output from the mixer and add it's "character" depending on how hard you drive it.
The Tascam 246 will obviously have the largest effect on the total sound. If you really like that retro '80's cassette sound, fine, but you might want to consider going directly into the Fireface.
The only concern would be running the whole mix through [the VA 573] and adding that sound "character" to the whole band (could be boring). It might be more appropriate on the guitar and bass only, but it's strictly a matter of personal taste and artistic judgement. Since your Randall is an old "PA" mixer, I don't know if it has any AUX sends and returns (don't think so), so it might not be possible to patch the VA 573 in that way. If it sounds good to you
and the band agrees that it's the sound you like, then do it.