Hi there, I'm expanding my home studio into a mixer-based analog set-up - I've been working mixerless for a while and now I'd like to spend a couple of grand to gain some more control over the recording process, as well as much higher quality. I record not only as a musician recording parts separately, but recording my band and others, so at a maximum I'm talking 10 inputs at the same time for mics and instruments. I know most of the basics of recording very well, but I'm fairly naive when it comes to mixers, as I've never used them. So I need a little help on how I would set up my studio rig. Basically, I'll be putting mics and instruments into a mixer (probably a Behringer SX3282 for its price, is this the right option given my requests?), which will have line outs to a pair of monitors, aux sends to effects on a rackmount, and line outs into an Alesis HD24 modular multitrack recorder... here's a diagram I made http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/5514/signalflow.jpg Standard stuff. I'll record up to 24 tracks onto the recorder and then master in stereo onto my computer. But I'm having problems understanding how to hook up the mixer in conjunction with the recorder. Of course, the mixer has two uses... 1) mixing down my various inputs, applying levels, panning and EQ to each channel input, into a signal to be used by the audio interface... and 2) working as a controller for the audio interface (in this case the Alesis recorder), controlling the levels, panning and EQ for each track previously recorded. Common sense tells me the mixer can't do this at the same time... presumably I would fill up the 24 tracks during tracking, mixing the mics and instruments in a good stereo image on each one, and then change the configuration while doing the mix, to mix the 24 tracks on the recorder with the mixer, before mastering separately to computer. Basically, I need a guide on how to use the mixer both as a front end (mixing down my inputs) and a back end (controlling the final mix on the Alesis recorder) when recording... effectively to be able to switch reasonably quickly between each option. I guess I would have to use a patchbay, but I'm not sure how, having never used one. The monitors would need to be monitoring the mix on the recorder so I can mix it properly. A layman's guide to how I would hook it up would be much appreciated. I'm sure this is a very stupid question, but please help if you can, I've never used a big mixer before and I can't make any purchases before I work out how to set things up. Thanks, and apologies for the long-winded explanation.