Gain is the one thing that is easily accessible on the hardware. Beyond that there is no need to have the software control bogging down my laptop.
I don't want to have a preset that turns off features I don't need. I don't want those features there in the first place.
Any recording I do is not going to be on the computer that handles dsp and measurement anyways. I would rather have a single function tool that does that function well rather than an audio Swiss army knife wherethe most of the tools are less than effective.
Im not sure what interface do you have? the Mk3? Anyway if so, the gain for the 4 preamps are very easy to adjust from the front panel (I really like the push to Pad feature), But if I do any "serious measurement" I use at least 3 mic's (sometimes more depending on time) REF signal, Console out, and DSP out that's 6 inputs, so i need the software open anyway. To say the software control bogs the PC down might be true but should be way overstated, It takes very little CPU and is not the deal breaker compared to running that ekstra MTW, that makes the computer sink, the CPU wouldn't be able to run it smooth any way, At least not on the computers i have Beta tested it on.
As for the whole (edit not hole) one function tool thing, I do agree, if you can afford the best tools you should use them. But I can't see any money saved with that. As I said if all of your gigs are as sys tech, yes one can afford to buy a device that only does measurement (with no other functions) but for all others; Im sorry but I can't see why you would not benefit from having the extra features, yes they cost extra (in some cases not), but makes you money down the line (or at least bail you out).
Im not saying that you should run everything together or at once (Smaart, dsp, recording, plug ins). Im talking about in most cases either, just with the same hardware.
I guess we disagree on the subject that the extra features/ tools are inefficient. I not only consider them effective, but also potential gig saviors.