I've never used a dedicated preamp before. I've pretty much just used whatever was in my audio interface or mixer. However, when I'm checking out recording studios on youtube, it seems like they all are particularly proud of all their pres. I'm kinda getting the impression that a good pre is at least as important as a good mic. So I was hoping some of you guys could point me in the right direction. What preamps are you using? What kind of sounds are you using them for? Tubes vs SS? Are there holy grail type stuff that everbody swears by? As I've been getting into building pedals lately, I was thinking of building something simple on my own.