I have been recording music for many years, starting with basic analog 4 track cassette based machines - progressing on through various other platforms until recently converting to an all-in-one DAW system (Mac G5 Logic Pro). I have found it a joy to create music digitally with Logic and am in awe at the power and flexibilty I have at my fingertips. It seems that anybody can now create broadcast quality tracks at home in the comfort of there own home. Whilst I find l this new technology so fantastic, I also wish that mixing tracks could be more hands on. Track automation and precise edits is all well and good, but I miss the hand on approach twiddling knobs and riding faders by hand. I see that various manufacturers have released hardware alternatives to 'Mouse Mixing', but nothing seems to have the same 'feel' as a console. The closest I have seen was the Tascam US2400 which sadly has now been discontinued. Many of the third party DAW controllers that I have seen have very little in the way of physical faders and knobs - most having between just 1 and 8 channel controllers. I wonder if music is becoming more synthetic due to this lack of real human interaction with the sounds that we create. I certainly don't feel as satisfied and as 'in touch' with my music whilst sitting infront of my Mac screen adjusting pans and volumes levels with a mouse.