I did a search for this and didnt find anything, although Im sure its been taled about... I just became manager of a studio and am going from the PC world to Mac Pro Tools. Its all alien to me. Heres basically what we have: Toft Audio ATB32 mixing board Mic Pre's- Focusrite Octopres Pro Tools 7.4 HD2 with two Digidesign 192's with and A/D Expansion card and a D/A Expansion card 128 Tracks with 32 Tracks simultaneous in and out and a ton of good outboard gear, a standalone commercial building, etc. Its a great start and the nicest in my town. So the current engineer went to show me how he runs things and it confused me. Basically, he does almost everything from the analog console. Mixdown, effects, etc... I asked him why he doesnt do everything in Pro Tools and he says he likes the sound and EQs of the board and enjoys using the board hands on. Everything I learned tells me to do as much as I can in Pro Tools and run it out to a stereo mix on the board. He actually uses all the channels on the analog mixer to mix with. So basically, everytime he pulls up a mix, he has to reset every channel on the board, like the old school days. He just went to a great recording conservatory and he definately knows what he is doing, because his final product sounds fantastic... The only thing he really uses Pro Tools for is tracking, gating the drums, and editing tracks. My friend has an SSL board and I can understand wanting to use a nice board if you have it... So maybe Im just not used to this type of setup... Money is not an issue for the most part and personally, I would like to get a nice digital control surface for pro tools. I would like to get your opinions on this. Thanks ahead!!