Originally Posted by bongomania
Depends on the rest of your system. If you are willing to stay in the digital realm, there are plenty of crossover plugins that will split and route your signal all kinds of ways. But you'd need a dedicated 8-output audio interface in order to send 5 analog outputs.
If you intend to stay outside the computer, you might be able to find a digital hardware crossover with four or more analog outputs. Look at the brand Ashly. Also look into speaker management units like the dbx Driverack.
Of course in all cases, remember you need a mixer, too, to sum it all back together.
The only equipment that I have right now is a motu 8pre and my Mac, so I think I can choose whether to stay digital or stay outside the computer.
However the inputs on the 8pre are xlr, so if I choose to use that I would need a crossover that outputs analog. I'm fine with swapping it for different hardware if staying digital after the crossover is better.
All things being equal I'd rather use my Mac, but for all I know when I figure this stuff out and start performing I might need hardware pedals, etc.
Thank you for your advice!