Ok, For a while now I've been faced with a dilemma towards my hardware upgrade. Ever since I had a chance to work on an Amek Rembrandt Analog console, I've been fighting to create a setup that resembles it. You know, pretty good headroom, mono summing, reasonable amount of busing, patching, ect ect. Problem is: A. Like I have $50,000 laying around lol B. Like I can maintain it... So I've been looking for a new mixer recently and I need a choice before December. Mainly all I'd need is: *16 in/out balanced or something like 16/16 4 unbalanced w/e *Bypassable pre's on every channel (I've never hooked up or used a light pipe or ADAT peripheral so forgive me if my intention is a bit skewed..) *Optionally control surface (not necessary but a plus if it's included) *Firewire interface *Anything at or above 48kHz recording quality *A reasonable amount of Aux sends *Mono summing *Good if not sort a great onboard pres *Reasonably good implemented world clock That's probably the least I'd want. Trying to stay within $3,000.00 and not exceed $6,000.00. Now it's also been brought to my attention that I may not need a mixer at all. Originally I was planning to get the RME Fireface 800. But then said why not get something a bit bigger that can at least give you some Aux sends for headphone mixes and higher headroom. Plus, I cant logically think of a way to hook up a patch bay without the mixer because I've never hooked up a patch bay before, though I know I will need one. Please help, It's been a daunting problem that I haven't been able to find a real reputable sollution that wont break me in the long run. I've looked at the new Allen Heath models, the Yamaha N12, the Toft ....Idk...I'm trying to get away from my Mackie and Mackie all together.... BTW, I've been staying away from Tascam for a while and what's bugging me is, what's the real gripe that people have with their units? I mean I just ran into the DM3200 and it looks pretty sick. I just dont see why people dont really like Tascam all that much...is it there pres? Hardware reliability? What? Are they like Behringer or Nady or something?