Hi all, sorry for the noob questions but there seems to be a much deeper knowledge of racks here than anywhere else I've seen, so I'm very appreciative of your thoughts! I make experimental electronic / industrial, along the lines of Skinny Puppy, Muslimgauze, Twitch-era Ministry (yay Adrian Sherwood!) etc. I got a Lexicon MPX-550 a while back and really was impressed with how it sounds compared to my VST effects. I am a huge fan of Skinny Puppy's sonics and a while back I saw they used PCM42s, Eventide H3000s etc, and now that I appreciate the *quality* difference of hardware racks, I was thinking it's time to save the money for a few "big boy" racks this year. Question is... which would be best for me? And what about Ensoniqs or other sleeper units (fwiw, I have an EPS16+ and looooove it's crunchy, old school sound)? I’m all about obnoxious, obvious use of effects - I don't just need lush ringing reverbs on guitar arpeggios - so *creativity* and quality are my highest priority, but I can’t probably spend more than about $2000 total (ie $1000 a piece or less hopefully) and it will take me some time to save that money. I'll be processing more or less everything in sight - vocals, drums, synths, guitars, cat meows, farts, nail guns, pneumatic drills, pots and pans... you get the idea. Individually at first, until I have some sense of how to control and balance them together. People here seem to rate the Lexicon 80/81s really highly, but what do y'all think about the 41/42 as delays? And what Eventide would give me what I need without breaking the bank? Are the Eclipses as good as the old H series? If not, which H would you suggest? Do I need *2* of some things, or when is stereo vs mono advised? Also I've seen it recommended to use a mixer... not sure how/why? Is this just to be able to do parallel processing and/or have more control over the blend between different racks? And last but not least, hopefully this doesn't negate everything I just asked, but... I don't want to spend my whole lifetime programming effects. I'm down for reading manuals (I whiteboard and mind-map things obsessively), and obviously experimentation is huge for me, but at the end of the day, I am fully self-producing - all ideas, all instruments, all mixing, all everything but mastering (why people think they can master their own stuff these days is beyond me... at the very least you need a 2nd set of ears IMO!). So is this even a smart path for me to take, or should I just find a "good enough" preset box that is easy enough to tweak a little and move on? Is that my MPX-550? Thanks in advance!