Hi all, A friend of mine is upgrading his home studio. He's happy with the Behringer UB2442FX PRO WITH IMP that he's using. But with the addition of an AT 4040 condenser, he's wondering if the board's preamps are of high enough quality, as opposed to a stand-alone pre. I have no experience with this mixer, although I've read it's a nice unit. Question: Are there mic pres out there in the $300 or less range that would offer better performance than what the board offers? I use a Joe Meek VC3Q myself, and have had very nice results. I know little of the newer generation 3Q, but would appreciate opinions/alternatives. If it was me, I'd probably hang with the board's preamps for a while, pick up a RNC compressor and see how things sound. I know the board has compression "presets", but I don't know how useful that feature is likely to be. Seems like buying a 3Q or other integrated unit would not be the best bang-for-the-buck scenario, as he's already got the EQ (and preamp, if it's worthy) covered in the board. Comments?