I know we often look with distain upon some of the stuff mentioned @ Spymac.com, but this one has legs. Below is a link to the US Patent Office for a document submitted by the engineers @ Apple for a new audio mixer dated June 11, 2002: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-...OS=AN/"apple+computer"&RS=AN/"apple+computer" (Sorry--I've tried for 20 minutes to get this blasted link to work! Just cut&paste, please...) I wonder if this was in anticipation for the acquisition of Emagic, as the timing for both events is rather close (within 30 days). Now the actual hardware for this might be months away at best, but are we looking at a possible hardware mixer to work in conjunction with a slicker new fully Aquafied, AltiVected, MP-optimized Emagic Logic? If so, and if they do it RIGHT, this could be a huge development, probably scaring the devil out of Digidesign (ProTools) and MOTU (Performer). Our next industry-dominating "Final Cut Pro" story. Apple staff lurkers, please note the following: 1) Make the thing as user friendly as DP 2) Make sure translators are in place for it to use every conceivable type of plug in (MAS, VST, TDM, etc.) without a glitch 3) Use ultrahigh sampling rates (48, 96 & 192khz @ 24 bit resolution) 4) Don't skimp on the mic pre's (maybe get them from Mackie) 5) If you do your own hardware, make it rugged and easy to use like Mackie stuff 6) Pay attention to synching and latency issues 7) Flawless, limitless, and easily implemented MIDI sequencing is a must Short Cuts to the above suggestions: 1) Apple, Buy MOTU and bring the Emagic boys on over--cook up a new "SuperPerformer" 2) Use MOTU FireWire interfaces to get data in 3) Have Mackie build a co-branded mixing console surface like a souped up HUI to operate it and facilitate "grab 'n' tweak" automation (I think Mackie & MOTU are already cooking one up as we speak anyway). With a new mixer/console interface, a souped up user-friendly Logic (or "SuperPerformer" if they buy MOTU), all indelibly linked to OS X and Apple hardware and designed for powerful and flawless integration, this could be a real crusher for the ProTools crowd. Not to mention the PC world. Not a prayer of holding on to any remaining market share there. Only hobbyists would use Wintel boxes for audio--anyone serious would be using a Mac. Anyway, what say you all to the patent info?