"Should I get a digital mixer or an interface?" is something that I've been asked many times and at the end of the day, I find that it usually comes down to personal preference and comfort. As you mentioned, interfaces have a lot less of a footprint on your desk than a mixer, but mixers do have physical tactile controls. I'll do my best to answer your questions and elaborate on both the StudioLive 16.0.2 and Studio 192 to hopefully help you reach a decision.
- I need to know if any has a 16.0.2 running firwire on Win 10 and how it is going.
- We've tested and support the use of the StudioLive 16.0.2 on Windows 10.
- So am I able to use the faders on the desk and see the faders in the DAW respond accordingly?
- No, the StudioLive 16.0.2 isn't a control surface. However, you can route your audio streams back through the board through the digital returns and use the faders to control playback.
- I am also unclear as to whether audio captured through the desk can go straight into Studio one or if I have to use Capture between the 2.
- You'll be able to record directly into Studio One. Capture is moreso intended for live tracking as it's less computer resource intensive than Studio One and designed for that environment.
With the Studio 192, you'll have access to higher quality recordings and a higher output count. But as you mentioned, the StudioLive 16.0.2 will give you a more "hands on" experience and a higher input count. In both situations, the input/output count can be expanded by adding a second unit (adding a Digimax DP88 to a Studio 192 or adding a FireStudio Family interface to a StudioLive 16.0.2), so you're not stuck with the I/O count you have.
I'll leave you with two videos:
Joe Gilder of Home Studio Corner - "PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 - 3 Things I Like" :
Studio One Expert - "Studio 192 Hardware Integration In Studio One 3" :