Hello everyone, Sorry if this gets long winded.... please bare with me. As an artist and budding producer, i've been recently working on honing my engineering skills in my home studio, by working with other artists. I'm really getting the hang of recording and mixing and have been able to produce some stuff that really stands up against "proffessional" cd's in both tone, balance and production. Every passing project gets me a little bit further and it has come to the point where I can finally see the limitations in my own skills, my setup and in not having a " proper" acoustic space to record in. (all this will be dealt with in due time) While that is another can of worms, this post is aimed at the difference in sound quality that I've noticed from mixing ITB vs. to an outboard deck. I am using nuendo 2.0 out of a Motu PCI-424 (2408 MK II as the interface) connected digitally to an RME ADI-8 PRO DS A/D converter. At 24 bit playback, my mixes have the right balance but when i export it to a Wave file and burn it to disk within the DAW, something happens. I've tried many different dithering and SRC settings but I'm convinced that there is something very wrong with mixing this way. Today, as an experiment, I ran my mix out of the RME converter's analog output and into an HHB CDR-850 (the only deck i have kicking around, unfortunately.). Even though there was an unnecessary conversion from D/A and back to digital, to get to the CD-r, my mix translated very well and the high highs and low- lows were all present as they are on playback in the control room. #1 Can someone who knows much about the internal mix engines of these software based programs, shed some light on the subject? I'm very thirsty for all the knowledge I can get and am well read so you don't need to keep the lingo simple. I'll understand. #2 - While mixing to a 16 bit burner is good to reference the mix on other systems, i will need a deck that can interface digitally to my RME ADI-8 and be able to accept a 24 bit/48k signal so that i can get the final mixes to a 24/48 cd to send to the mastering facility. I was looking at the Alesis masterlink, but is there any others that are as good, or better... I've been a bit out of the loop in regards to this so if someone could reccomend a great deck. (money isn't really an issue) Any other things I should know, in regards to my final mixdown? Thanx in advance and i look forward to a great discussion on inboard vs. outboard.