Up until very recently, I was addicted to the control surface. Any automation was done via 9 smooth faders and FX automation with the twist of a knob. Many of my clients would say - "I want the viola out just a tad here..." a task easily accomplished by boosting the right channel .5 dB (this small of a change isn't really detectable as "boosting the right channel," it merely adds the impression of gaining intensity.) I'm curious, how many of you out there in recording-land use control surfaces every day? I should say, it's only due to my move to Sequoia do I not find the need for a control surface any more. I fought it kicking and screaming, then I realized just how easy it was to get along without it and there are no complaints here.