Great piece of gear
Basically, right now, I have no money. I didn't want to use a mixer cause I'm only programming tracks and recording one vocal at a time right now. I just wanted a good mic, a sound card, some kind of router for monitoring, and a decent sounding preamp. I knew I wasn't going to get the best thing out there. Well, I was literally blown away when I heard this preamp in conjunction with my Studio Projects C1. It's sounds great and was way above the sound that I expected. Decent headroom, clean sound and a touch of flattery especially with a little bit of the tube drive on, but not a whole lot( you have to mess with the input and output signal on the VTB-1 along with the tube drive to get the sound you want). I've worked with a Voxbox since we have one at my school, I've heard the ISA series preamps from Focusrite and a few Neve's, which are all some of my favorite's. I must say, this preamp fair's quite well against them and for $130, you absolutely cannot go wrong. Just add a little processing from Waves along with Cubase SX(which I love), and you've got sweetness for days. Soooo...If you're tired of that schrill, sterile Mackie sound or that overly warm, almost dead sound of Allen & Heath then get this preamp with a C1(made by the same company- that's exactly my combination). I kid you not, you will be knocking on TLM103/Focusrite ISA territory, which is never bad!