I record onto an 8-track stand-alone recorder (Yahama MD8) records digitally through their analog mixer. It is an oldie, but a goodie, however as it is older, it does not have any kind of digital output. The only outputs are analog. My options are make mixdowns to stereo on the machine itself, and then transfer that mixdown via the (analog) stereo outs, and into my USB stereo preamp for stereo master wav files..... Or I transfer single tracks to computer via the same method (tube preamp to USB A/D converter), and then I mix the seperate tracks to a stereo master .wav file with software. Yesterday, I did a comparison of a mixdown I made on the recording machine, vs one I made by transfering single tracks to computer (and mixing that down to stereo master with software). Anyway.... Why do my mixes sound so much better when mixed through cubebase, or cool edit pro compared to mixes made direct on the machine? Perhaps I will upload the two mixes to a server and link them here so you can see what I mean. There was so much more bass and high end on the mix made from track by track transfer, vs the one mixed on the machine itself. Granted, when I transfer the track from the stand-alone recorder to computer...I do run the track through a high-quality tube pre-amp which really warms up the sound. On the other hand, when I transfer the two-track stereo mixdown from the recording machine, to the computer....that is also run through the same tube preamp...So both methods involve the final sound going through a high-quality tube preamp at some point. Anyone care to comment on this long, rambling post that basically answers the very question it asks? I'd be grateful for anyone's input.