Hello audio nerds! Audio noob here and I've been looking at the dbx 286s as a potential option for a microphone preamp. I like that it includes an expander/gate. I was also looking at the ART Digital MPA-II (not exactly sure what A/D conversion is exactly)... What are your suggestions for units similar to these? I am definitely prioritizing the preamp side of it, but a rack with other toys built in (compressor, effects, etc...) sounds appealing. Currently, I am plugging straight into a Profire 610 and firewire to my macbook. When I am recording signing/rapping (higher volume vocals) its fine, but if I want to record a podcast for example, I'm finding myself needing to crank my input almost to 100%, at which point I start hearing a bit of a noise floor. Thanks in advance for the help!