I've been laying tracks with my new Tascam DP 008. It's a lot of fun. As it has been mentioned, it records pretty clean. I've been going into the unit directly from my guitar/bass outputs, maybe an OD in between. It seems that I am in need of a good, affordable preamp that can do instruments and mics. I have been looking at Presonus TubePre ($129) and RNP ($479), just the usual online research. Anybody any suggestions? How about a channel strip (Pre/Compressor/EQ)?