I bought a cable so I could plug my monitors directly into the emac mini jack so I didn't have to have the soundcard on when I was just playing music. But I found myself still using the monitors through the soundcard and I realised that the reason was that I like the actual real solid knob on the soundcard to control the volume. It even has a bonus tactile feedback. When I had that volume knob between my fingers I understood that something very important has vanished from our lives. I realised that I am fracking well sick of all these faux-3D-glowing-blinking-sliding pretend stuff that has me interacting with the crt as if it's really got knobs on it. Every single application has their own take on trying to recreate the real world, down to a walnut burl on consoles. A friend of mine has a software mini moog but at least it had a piece of hardware with lots and lots of knobs linked to the software controlers.