Talking with my guitar mentor, degreed recording engineer with 40 years of gigging and releasing a few EPs ... after my long description of my main issue over the phone, he diagnosed my recording problem with not getting enough signal at the DAW. He told me to get a tube pre amp and a compressor before the signal reaches my interface that way I can increase the signal without clipping. Okay, as a huge compressor user on my pedalboard, I get it. Of course his pre-amps are mega thousand dollar stuff and I'm a hack in the tiniest home studio imaginable using a laptop and GB. So, after a fleaBay/Reverb "used" hunt, my search quickly narrowed down to the new $100 ART MP/C at SW. Thoughts, experiences and opinions will be very appreciative. I am recording blues originals with acoustic, electric, bass, and through good mics on amps, vocals and bongos.