Back when I tried to get started in this biz, I learned how to engineer on nice big analog consoles. I left the business for about 10 years but have been getting back into it over the last few years. These days I'm completely computer based. The only "console" (if you can call it that) I have now is a Mackie 1202 that I just use as a rack synth mixer. I can do pretty much anything I need just using the computer but I do find myself yearning for the days of tweaking a knob here and there and having 48 faders to play with. To the best of my knowledge, lot's of studios are still using analog consoles and integrating DAW's (such as ProTools) into them. In places like this, how are they using the console? Are they just using it for the pre's or EQ or something along those lines? Or are they using it's full functionality and using the DAW just as a virtual tape machine? As far as the money making aspect of recording, does having a console help? I know that there are producers or engineers who prefer working on certain desks and some have specific characteristics that are sought out. I'm just wondering if having one opens up an opportunity for more business and if so, how much more. For me, cost would be a big issue because a good console ain't cheap. Even used, most consoles that I would consider buying cost more than my house. And what about tape machines... Would I really only benefit from having a analog console if I also had a 2" machine to go with it? I guess from a marketing standpoint, I could play off the whole analog vs digital thing and offer both to clients. I'm sure that would drum up business from the analog crowd. Anyway, mostly I've been doing mobile recording/pre-production type stuff but now I'm thinking about putting a studio together and was just wondering what other peoples thoughts were on this.