Quote: Originally Posted by Michael_Joly The truth about preamps is they don't matter. Nonsense. Why not prove it right now? And please don't tell me you are going to post audio examples..... Quote: Originally Posted by robertshaw they both (mic and pre) have a great impact. Yep. Quote: Originally Posted by robertshaw 1073 is arguably the most popular preamp of all time....for a reason. 80xx series consoles are some of the most sought after desks....also for good reason Yep. Quote: Originally Posted by JPeters86 I agree with you that most people won't hear that much of a difference between a stock preamped recording and an expensive preamped recording..... Most people - meaning the masses - no. Most good engineers - yes. Quote: Originally Posted by JPeters86 The cumulative effect, however, is huge. Imagine recording a large orchestra through a bunch of chained MOTU 8pre's or through a rack full of 1073's, API 512c's etc. I'm sure spotting the difference in this situation would be very easy. Very well said; that sums it up pretty darn well. And don't forget, you can have a great mic pre, but without: A great mic (and not only a 'great' mic, but the proper mic for the job) Proper mic placement Good recording room/enviornment Good musician(s) Good instruments Good engineer - without all of that, having a great mic pre is like having a Lambourghini without a driver's license. It looks great in your driveway, and sounds badd-ass when you start the engine, but there ain't a whole hell of a lot you can do with it. Cheers.