The X-Desk is a powerful tool for any small studio. I wanted to sum 8 channels of audio from my DAW but didn't want to reduce the quality by using poorly designed circuits which are common is small format mixers. that's when I hit the forum to research options and found the x-desk. It had no preamps which was a plus given my main objective. what I got from the x-desk is a hub for my studio in which all my out board gear is now easily accessible thru the desk. everything I record or track goes thru the desk and into my interface via ext. preamps or the line ins. When its time to sum I hit the ALT buttons and the desk changes its inputs to the outs of my interface. I trust every signal I send thru it to remain pristine. it adds to the punch and spatial quality of everything I sum thru it and it connects my studio in a way I had always dreamed of. It is honestly the greatest utilitarian(but so much more than that) purchase I have made for my studio.