I've noticed since acquiring my new gear that I always wanted the option to record, mix AND master. I never gave much though to the idea of it being a hybrid concept or not. I never wanted to pin myself into doing only one of the options even though most of my time may go into it. I don't want to be limited in mastering, say, to a two channel DA/AD interface. And I don't want to have to buy channel strips for recording, so I just use my mastering EQ/compressor when that time comes. I love having the flexibility to do whatever is needed, even if it's by condensing tools to make it work. What is my point in this thread? Well I guess it's just about my own self realization and saluting you other hybrid engineers. I know (Chris) there are a few of you here. I've included a photo of my rig.