I'm debating whether to keep it in the box or mix out of the box using an anolog board.
I currently have a macbook pro with 2gb of Ram but it can be upgraded to 4gb. I also have an Apogee Duet and I'm using Garage Band. That Duet sounds amazing.
So I'm thinking either ONE: Apogee Ensemble, which is 8 channel but only has 4 preamps which means I need 4 outside preamps, Control surface(which can be expensive also) and Logic Express.
OR TWO: Alesis HD24- analog board and little by little gather up outboard gear like compressors, reverbs, delays etc. Alesis Masterlink(which I've tried cuz the church has one and I like it alot.)
Number 2 just sounds like a lot more fun when the time comes to mix...plus I like the idea of being able to see the eq, compressor knobs, reverbs, bussing things and adding more effects etc. I like that I can see them and twist knobs like the panning as well....instead of doing nearly EVERYTHING in the computer which can one day be outdated and not be enough power and such. Then I still have the option of using my Apogee Duet for small projects or for portability, then just transfering at home to HD24 so I can mixdown on the analog board.
Either way... I know I'm gonna spend money and lots of it(little by little) which is why I want to be decided on which way to go.
Does anyone out there still mixdown using anolog boards while having a computer ready for more processing or other duties?