That's got it... thank you!!! I like to do my preliminary, live, mix from the board... I do it dry (no effects) and set the DAW at zero db for each channel. The I do all post processing at the DAW. I'm an old-timer -- I got my experience in radio stations and early recording studios (but mostly radio stations) back before sliders when the fader was a pot the size of your fist and there were no effects. I am trying to build on that without losing the purity of those earlier days... I don't do rock or rap/hip-hop... mostly very old (Hank Williams era) country and old (Blind Willy McTell era) blues.... so lots of effects are not necessary or desirable. I may add some compression at the board if necessary but I try to avoid even that. I hoped this new board would give me some flexibility in terms of more channels for live instruments and such things from my keyboard as organ and piano and keyboard bass, and it looks as if it might.
Again, thank you!!