This may be the first "NLBD" (new lunch box day) on talkbass! I just got some new gear, and I wanted to post about it here. I just got an API Lunchbox and the Great River MP-500nv. My focus for this is recording bass guitar, but it is supposedly nice for vocals as well.
The studio where my band records at has a lunchbox with 4 preamps and I have been GASing ever since hearing those. Glad I pulled the trigger (it wasn't cheap though).
I did some recording last night and it was really nice. The Great River pre is based on a Neve 1073, with but improved noise floor, etc. The bottom end on this thing is huge!! The sound is more focused than anything I've used in the past, and has a certain depth to it that is very punchy. I've still got some learning to do with driving the input vs the output, as well as the controls on the bass guitar itself in comparison to the pre.
My next step will be to purchase the Inward Connections Brute compressor!
This stuff is tough on the wallet, but it is a great way to have high end recording gear, with mobility, at a decent price.
P.S- I've got the blank slots on the way. I'm not going to leave it gaping open.