I think the big problem I see there is latency. It can def be overcome w direct monitoring but my focusrite has better mic pres, worse conversion, but better latency performance. Thinking I might try the best of both worlds with spdif out from axe to spdif in on liquid56. yes, the stock presets are very well leveled and sound great. that said... pretty easy to create a great preset by just dropping defaulted stuff on there. kind of surprised by that. not sure if I'm oversimplifying but wouldn't the global performance view solve this? you could put a vol/pan right after the input and make it available to the (left side) 4 knobs from the performance view. just a thought... have been playing with this a bit. someone has opened the door to studio 'glamor shots'... so... sorry, couldn't resist urge to share that my room is CLEAN(this doesn't happen very often)!