I have a question that may be stupid but is definitley confusing me. I have a Q10 with Cubase SX. In the Q10 manual, it states that prefade in the Q10 mixer allows you to monitor the sound level coming into the sound card, independent of the fader position, where post-fade is the sound going into your DAW software after the fader. In this environment thoughI expect to be able to use a fader in the Q10 mixer to adjust the analog sound level going into the digitizer, so I can optimize it. Sounds like prefade doesn't do that, and post-fade is *after* digitization. So do you have to use an external preamp to adjust levels coming into the Q10 in order to ensure you're digitizing the hottest signal you can? Second question -- since the sound coming out of the sound card is digitized at that point, I'm stuck with teh level I digitized at and when I adjust teh sound level in the Q10 mixer I'm wholly within the fsigital domain so at that point I'm just making sure I avoid digital distortion when I come into Cubase -- is that right? Any help with the notion of pre- and post-fade in this multi-mixer environment much appreciated! How do you folks handle it? Thanks -- Richard.