Pros & cons of digital mixer versus DAW control surface? Well, you don't quite have enough preamps from your indications, to record or track a full band? But then, numerous control surfaces include microphone preamps such as the Digi design C24, which has 16 adequate microphones preamps. Plus, it's compatible with Pro Tools. Which may attract more clients for you? Every kid and his brother that takes a recording course these days seems to get taught that software. I don't like it or use it much but I have it. I like other software better. And that's because over the years, silly people have kept asking me if I have Pro Tools. It's only because it is got that moniker of "Pro" in the title. It seems to make all the uninformed folks think better of your capabilities. That really was a brilliant part of marketing that product. I know that I'm personally not impressed by folks that have TASCAM stuff. Sure, the stuff works & works reliably. Just not my favorite cup of tea. I still make killer recordings with that companies mediocre sounding consoles/mixers. But that's because I try to stay away from the equalizer's. They're horrible. Other control surfaces like Euphonics, Fairlight & others don't have microphone preamps. Well, that's a generalized statement and it depends on what products you're looking for.
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Ms. Remy Ann David