Hello All, This is my first post. I am using a firepod and sonar producer 4 to record. I am very new to recording. I am considering a mackie 1604 vlz pro mixer purchase. I suppose I would go out of the mackie's direct outs then into the firepod. Does having a mixer really make a difference in the quality of the recording? Will I have issues with pre-amps since both the mackie and firepod have preamps? Currently all I use is the firepod and I mix with the software. What would you all recommend I do? Thank for all your help, I look forward to using this website!