I've finished tracking all of my parts on an EP...there's plenty to be tracked still, but it looks like it will drag on until at least May do to the schedules of some of the other players involved... For the most part I've been working out of the 'B' room, which still isn't computer based...we're recording to HD24. I'm extremely happy with my engineer in every respect...for the most part we haven't done anything super crazy, but he seems to have an uncanny sense of what I'm going for. He also is light years ahead of an intern who is probably close to the same age, and has been at the studio for year...I'm really really pleased with him... So, now that I'm done playing, I'm starting to turn my attention to mixing...we've given ourselves lots to work with...sometimes having vocal takes that are mic'd a number of different ways, and then having some of them run through a Leslie and such... I've been reading up a lot on the process of recording, this is my third professional studio project, but first where I'm really calling most of the shots in terms of trying to shape what the final product will sound like...in the past it's always been as a member of a band where we all tried not to step on any toes too much...but all of my reading has been about the making of albums that were done years ago...predating DAW's and such... I am most interested in the final product, but I can't say that I'm not without my prejudices. So what I'm hoping you guys can help me with is this...are there any significant advantages to mixing within a computer that justify a rate that's more than double? It seems some of the appeal is to be able to immediately return to the mixes years later... I'm not picturing needing you use a lot of automations at this point... There are some things that I know I will want to be able to use the computer for...for example, I suspect it will be much easier to blend multiple vocal signals captured with different mics for effect with a computer...but is there any sense in doing other things with the help of the computer?