Just curious as I'm looking to invest in my first preamp, especially given my inclination to record my own vocals lately. Currently equipped with an SM7B for moderately low cookie monster sounds, and for that fair lady mid-range bitch screaming (my own self-deploring description). I've heard the unit talked down in favor of the Sansamp SB1 in the case of a Bass DI, but seeing as I'm looking for a fair utility preamp as a first investment, I want to cover a bit more ground than just with a bass preamp, as I also wish to mic some acoustic instruments with my AT4040. I do intend to line-out for further coloration and adding a touch of its compression into the foray. If you've not guessed, I'm not looking for the one-all end all, but something certainly well on the way of a workhorse of single line feeds, and again I stress, utility for a channel strip at a reasonable price. For some reason the LA-610 sticks out to me in this scenario. Googler Sneap appeared to show a large absence of mentionables when it came to the 610. I hope this isn't foreshadowing anything... In terms of AD/DA, I've only the Saffire Pro 24 atm. If I should instead pursue something better in its stead I can consider for sure. Most conversion shootouts with higher-end hw versus the Saffire, all appear to be using obsolete hosts for their posted samples... I've a few finished tracks of my vox, they underwent some fairly heavy processing (and layering unfortunately) so it gives you absolutely no idea as to how they might sound dry & soloed (you can assume the worse, I'm not a seasoned vocalist.) [soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/redoubt9000/riff-n-mix-8-land-of#t=0:37[/soundcloud] These were recording the Saffire 24's pres I'll attempt to up some dry samples for reference at a later point. Looking forward to anyone's input!