...so I got a call today from my Sweetwater sales rep, Mark.
Long story short, all 3 pieces of gear I got are returnable and I can get either a refund or replace gear at less or equal price. So that being the case, we discussed my basic set-up and what I'd like to achieve. He's going to do some research and get back to me with some options...but i have 24 days left til the return window expires on all 3 pieces of gear.
I'm really glad he called; I emailed him yesterday asking if I could return the Mackie.
So hopefully by the end of this week we'll have found a solution to get my studio completely integrated and operational. I've also looked around Sweetwater to see what gear options are available...and I found one unit that does all 3 of the functions that my current set of 3 items do independently:http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/n8/
Audio and MIDI interfaces built-in, digital mixer, and control surface for Cubase. And it leaves a refund of $1,349.94 to the account, which is definitely good to contemplate. lol
So hopefully it'll be another week or two til I've gotten the set-up taken care of. But at least I'm making forward progress. hehe
Will keep you updated. It's definitely a learning process for me...but one I'm enjoying.