Quote: Originally Posted by Chrisc_o Crawl, walk, run. There really are no shortcuts. Once you figure out how to get good vocals (for instance) from those Focusrite pres in your MBox1, then you go out and get yourself a good mic and a good preamp, you will see that preamps do matter. As with any other piece of gear, there will certainly be a difference in sonic quality as you step up to better (and pricier) gear......if you know how to use it. I went from the above mentioned Focusrites to a Trident strip......the improvement was more than merely noticeable. When I had the opportunity to track through a Neve 1084 the improvement was....eye opening to say the least.