I'm considering abandoning my Mackie D8b, and using something like the Presonus Central Station which is a single rack unit featuring a few ins, a few sets of outs for powered speakers and a talkback section. Since I use Logic and mix with the Mackie Universal Control (automated faders) I am just using my D8b as a BIG thing for stereo monitoring only. I like the Waves plugins better than anything I could load into a Mackie D8b card, and the Logic environment is much more convenient.
I wanted to bring this up in case others have made this commitment, and in case there is something I'm missing. Even when recording live I use a mic to a preamp, then into a computer interface.
Thanks for your thoughts,