My experience is totally the opposite.
I don't like the sound of the mic pres.
I don't like the sound of the effects (Yamaha verbs all have a high end diatortion that drives me mad... ever since the SPX 90. We have 990s, 900s, etc in our theaters and I hate them all.)
I prefer my external converters.
I don't need to worry about my CPUs. (Maybe it is a matter of style of working, but this hasn't been an issue for a long time.)
The software mixer in the RME TotalMix gives me some of what you look for from your mixer.
My audio software has 24 fully assignable stereo output buses.
Pan works in my DAW/Totalmix. But I don't really use it much. Timing is much better than pan for placing instruments in the sound field.
My DAW has some pretty comprehensive automation.
I agree that the 'faders' on my controller took some getting used to, as anything does. Working without a console was a real adjustment, as I am used to working with "Big Iron" desks on the road and in theaters. But once I got rid of my desk, it opened up my whole room. And I didn't really touch most of the knobs anyway.
Wasted space, mediocre pres and effects, mediocre converters.... I'm way happier without my digital console. (In fact, I donated it to the local symphony, along with four extra I/O cards.)
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