hey i have a big problem and am hoping you guys can help. i have a yamaha MG24/14fx and am tring to route it to a presounus firepod. i was told (and have later found out to be false) that i could run a TRS cable halfway into the insert jack and it would become a "direct out" that runs the input through the fader and eq and back out the insert jack. well i was planning on running my "direct outs" to my firepod and using the aux sends on the mixer for monitoring out to the mackie HMX56. i found out that running it this way the signal does NOT run through the eq or the fader soo.... question #1 wtf is the point of the direct outs all i see it as is a XLR to 1/4" adapter built into a mixer...??? i want to (best case senario) run 16 channels at the same time into 2 firepods linked and run the monitors through the Mackie HMX56. is there a way to do this? i want to be able to eq and adjust the volume of the mics and drums and such before they get to the firepod to save me some time eqing everthing in a program. right now the only way i can see running this would be to run all the channels out the 6 aux sends which means i would have to run the (ex.) lead vocals and backups together in sonar which would limit the flexability in my opinion. at this point i have no idea how to run the monitors for the mackie i have no problem with the kid in the studio having to deal with all vocals on one channel and all guitars on another but for running into sonar is unacceptable to me. please if there is a piece of equipment that will help me please tell me. i am on a LIMITED BUDGET so please take that into consideration when recomending a solution. if i can fix the "direct out" thing to work how i want it to please advise. if im not understanding how the direct out system works please help me out. i am struggling to understand this whole thing and keep getting crap advise from the guitar center guys and need some straight answers from people that know what they are talking about.