Forrest do you use your mixer and FX just as a front end to the daw and mix in the daw or do you come back out and use the mixer to mix, so to speak. Im using the old school model as best I know it where the tracks were laid down through the desk to tape, they were then pulled up across the console and "mixed" and then sent to 2 track tape ready for mastering. Im curious as the lore of AD conversion stands its best not to convert back to analog once in the box.
I generally use the analog mixer at the front end to "wet" the signal while playing live before sending it into the DAW. I then add some plugins to alter the signal before adjusting the volume within each channel and rendering it to a stereo mix within the DAW. I prefer shaping my own "automated" mixing curves within the DAW over live mixing, because I can spend more time on individual subsections of a piece without having to remix the whole piece.
The only exception I've made to this approach is that when I record as Sans Serif, I often start with digital files that have already been processed or edited, then feed that into the analog mixer using outboard effects, with the results mostly being recorded in analog into a DAT in real-time. I think that because of this, many of the Sans Serif pieces have more an improvisational flavor to them.