Hey..new to this site ! Just looking for some opinions. My current setup includes...Mackie hr824 monitors...Universal Audio la610 Chanel strip...and a mackie 24/8 mixer run through a Delta 1010 rack (pci) soundcard with pro tools m powered. I have no problems with the quality of the delta 1010 however it limits me to 8 quarter inch balanced inputs and does not allow adat or multiple soundcard operation within protools. I am getting ready to make a change over to another audio interface that will allow me more inputs. My problem is....I like the use of the mackie mixer for its pres and eq along with its ability to have amazing freedom with headphone mixes during recording and playback. I also like the fact that the 1010 does not have its own preamps so I can use my la610 directly into it and also run other lines directly from my mackies direct outs on each channel. I have looked into such things as the 003 mixer and it seems to limit me in these areas...especially the headphone mix. Any suggestions on a soundcard or interface that suits my needs? Anyone notice a difference in sound quality in pci v.s fire wire? Should I just suck it up and change my way of mixing?