M-Audio ProFire 2626, can I use strictly external pres/converters?
I'm weighing my options for acquring a Pro Tools based setup. I'm not interested in the 2626 at all for it's preamps and converters. I simply want to use it as a "dongle" or go-between for external hardware (preamps/converters) and Pro Tools.
Is it possible to have 26 channels of external gear? Meaning, can I use strictly external converters like the Lynx Aurora and external preamps?
I see that it has 8 analog inputs. I probably wouldn't even use these.
Could I connect an external converter unit via SPDIF or lightpipe to utilize all 26 ins?
Sorry if my question is unclear; hopefully someone will understand what I mean.