I am using synthesizers and a sampler going into a daw (Yamaha 4416), and am planning to build up my front end (following the wisdom of all of you who give great advice here ). A few questions: How does it sound? Is there any other small mixer--fewer input channels would be acceptable--in it's price range or lower, that would be comparable in sound quality or better? (The Speck is $3500 at Mercenary). If not, how much more would it cost for a mixer of equivalent sound quality (again, fewer inputs would be acceptable), with the addition of decent eq and mic-pre's? (Any examples?) Thanks!