Having a non-computer based recording system is great because it helps keep the creativity rolling without having to be all hunched over a computer.
Punching "real" buttons while sitting on a stool is where things happen.
The way I see things is that there are two sides of the brain, creative and logical. When making music, you're operating on the creative side. When operating a computer, you're on the logical side.
Creativity is supressed each time you focus on the software and interact with the mouse and keyboard.
With an analog-ish recording situation, all you're doing is punching a button to record, keeping you in the creative mode.
If, however, you're not part of the band, and you're just recording other folks, then no problem, record direct into the software. You'll need to pick out a DAW.