Originally Posted by vivadangermouse
A multiple I/O interface on a desktop would mean messy cables everywhere. I'd prefer an idea of a control surface with a detachable rackmount interface so users could configure it to their own liking.
You mean like Balance, the M-Audio device, Digi 003, etc? OTOH, a separate detachable rack mount interface would be more expensive, have an extra connection point (potential failure point) requiring an expensive custom multi-channel connection cable, require a rack in which to be mounted (or defeat the purpose), and did I mention more expensive?
The design I proposed, FWIW, is already totally configureable, so the only advantage to the detachable approach would be to prevent the possible cable clutter IMO. :-)