I have been looking for a mixer that covers a need of many of us. I'm talking about using a mixer for its analog summing without just setting the faders to unity and automating in the computer. I have used SSL and AMEK mixers with their own automation engines and recall systems, but we all know how much they cost. I have a concept idea that seems simple to me but maybe this community can chime in. Here's the idea: A mixer with motorized faders that are controlled by the DAW but actually control the audio level of that analog channel. Let me use it in an example. I have a lead guitar track on track 10 in the DAW that will need volume automation throughout the song. I route aux 1 PRE FADER out analog output 10 to line input 10 on the mixer. This allows a strong signal out of the computer that WILL NOT be affected by its DAW fader. Then, fader 10 on the analog mixer, which is motorized, will control the fader of track 10 in the DAW. So, I write the automation to the DAW and when it plays back, it controls the physical fader on the analog mixer which sums it with the other tracks in the analog mixer to its stereo bus. I hope I explained this well. Basically, the idea is to have an analog, automatable mixer that is driven by your DAW. Here's its quick signal flow during mixing: In the DAW- goes through its processing like plugins, etc. Pre fader aux routed out the soundcard. In the analog mixer- soundcard output routed or patched to an input on the mixer. Outboard gear can be inserted, mixer's eq can be used and sent to the channel's VCA fader. This fader is controlled by the automation of the DAW which did not affect the source in the computer but is now controlling the volume in the analog mixer. Does this make sense?