My friend and I are interested in starting up a little home studio (we're both applying to the same college to be audio recording majors), and we don't have a *ton* of cash, being college kids.
I was looking around and I found this dude ... and I was wondering if I'm understanding it right. So basically, it can record all 8 channels on the mixer (and a stereo master, apparently), go through USB and spit out those 8 mono tracks into the included Cubase software? Because we're sort of interested in recording several tracks at once, and this seems like a good, cheap place to do it.
Also--this may be a long shot--but can the mixing board also act as an external interface to mix the tracks in Cubase after already being recorded? I mean, I know you can just mix on the computer, but it would be cool to use the controls on the board to edit our projects.
EXTRA CREDIT QUESTION:
I was thinking of getting this as a starter condenser microphone--my interest was caught by the multi-pattern switch on it. I don't suppose anyone's tried one or has something to say about the idea of a $200-range MXL in general?
Thanks in advance.