If your card is of quality, usually it doesn't need to be done at all. Some of us still do it out of habit. _____________________ Oh, BTW all, software and hardware is up to the point where you can do quite a bit of processing and dumping from one program to another and maintain the sound of your source. Things have gotten that good for the home! It's really sad when you realize that many of us who do needledrops get such superior results so good you can use our work for record label masters! And then you hear something done at pro mastering from the sources and they can't seem to get it right.