I am trying to become the next Ricci, OK, that's not accurate but I do want to take better measurements. And while I know better equipment won't make up for knowledge, process, and experience, I need a better microphone preamp. For microphones I'm covered with the Earthworks M50 and M30. For a preamp I currently have a RME Fireface 800, but I'm hearing some noise in the output signal, even at moderate volumes so I'm starting to research its replacement. I actually went to Guitar Center tonight and picked up the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 preamp and I'll use this in the short term and it will be my backup in the long term. I know Josh Ricci uses the PreSonus Firebox, which he says won't clip until at least 140db, but that one is firewire and discontinued. I'd like to get a similarly capable preamp that is USB based, fairly recent, and will work in Windows 8. I'd appreciate any recommendations. Thanks.