This is something I've always been curious about. Let me clarify my question a bit before you answer: Assuming you have access to an audio interface with enough inputs to record whatever it is you're recording...would you still have any use for a mixing console? If you do record using a mixing console, do you use EQ, compression, or effects from the console before the signal reaches the recording software? If so, why not provide a dry signal to the software and use the software's EQ/effects? When mixing a recording, do you adjust levels "live" in real time? (in other words, do you make volume changes during a song) or do you set the levels where you want and apply them to the entire song? I'm asking these questions because I don't know the answer, not sarcastically. I am simply curious.