so i have a delta 1010lt and i need to know what equipment would be good to use with e.g. mixing desks, d/I boxes and the easiest ways to link them
I really think they should have made a breakout box for that card but anyways its designed to hookup to all your gear, direct to the card.
then your software actually should have a mixer. If not, your recording software will have a mixer.

I suggest to start off that you only work with your instruments and mics. Any FX should be easily covered by your recording program, be it Reaper or Cakewalk Sonar.
i just want to record in good quality and have good control over tones and such, i'll be using it with fl studio and cubase if that helps id also like to know if theres a certain way to link equipment to the card