I am looking to build a professional sounding studio around my quad core DAW intel 9550 / PC. I have been on the lookout for a suitable mixer having been advised from several people despite current trends of going mixerless, mixers are the way to go. However as I have been asking around I have also been told firewire is actually slower than interfacing with pci socket. Now to beat all this a guy from funky Junk, not Mark the other dude has advised me dont focus on a mixer get a Prism Orpheus. he said they were the best of the best, although I have come across reviews that are a bit more half hearted and that perhaps other makes of this kind of thing would be better such as mytek 8x192 ad converter and using seperate pres. If anyone has any information on these higher end audio interfaces could they share some light on them as this appears to be a serious way to build a serious sounding studio?? Can't help feeling a bit strange without a mixer though the real faders you can move with both hands, the trad format for adding on quality hardware, I just am so confsed!!