Helix Board 24 Universal is the newest addition to Phonic's popular Helix Board series of digital recording interface mixers. It features 96 KHz USB and FireWire interfaces that let you individually stream up to 18 independent channels of audio to the computer and return two channels to the mixer for monitoring - all with near-zero latency. Pre/post buttons, located underneath the console, allow each channel's EQ and fader (among other controls) to affect the channel's outgoing USB/FireWire signal, allowing more versatile use. Digital S/PDIF output is also provided for direct connection to recording devices like DAT decks. The 3-band EQ with swept mids, insert points for connection to external processors, 6 AUX send mixing bus (2 AUX sends with pre/post buttons), and direct outputs for multi-track recording allow users incredible flexibility with mix control and signal routing. Mono channels have an AUX 5/6 shift button, expanding the number of outputs available. But that's not all: the mixer features a dual-position input/output (I/O) pod that lets you use it as a desktop mixer or convert for rack mounting. The I/O pod rotates out of the way to save space in your rack. The built-in 32/40-bit digital effect processor has 100 popular programs, tap-delay, test tones (pink noise, 1kHz, etc), and footswitch jacks. Low cut filters eliminate P-pops, stage rumble and wind noise. Top it off with a subwoofer output, four true subgroups and phantom power for mic inputs, and you've got a perfect medium-sized rack-mountable mixer for live events or studio recording. Steinberg's Cubase LE digital audio workstation software also included.