I'm curious what you guys do/use. I'm looking to clean up the signal chains in and out. To that end I have bought a pair of GT Bricks and plan to feed them directly into the sound card. Currently I run the output from the card to a Mackie 1402VLZ via and effect return channel and feed the monitor system from the Mackie. This allows for a number of options for volume control and some other routing possibilties but it also puts a device in the chain that can color what I am monitoring. In theory and practice I should be able to feed the monitor system directly from the sound card since most cards have a soft mixer onboard for this purpose. My only concern about this kind of arrangement is if for example something feedsback through human error of some sort or a software glitch starts spewing random squealing. The hardware offers a quick and immediate shutdown point. Soft mixers don't. Whats your real world experience on this?