So I play in a 6 piece cover band, stage space is usually at a premium. We currently use a Mackie 1604-VLZ3. Its probably overkill for our needs. I do our sound and I usually just do a mono main. Mains get vocals, acoustic guitar, and keyboards. Bass and electric guitar usually dont need to go through the mains, only on larger gigs. We use QSC K12s as our mains and I dont think they have ever been turned up past 2/3rd volume. We typically only run 2 monitors, one for the lead singer/acoustic guitar and the other for the backup singer/keys. Bass, guitars, and drums dont need monitors. And for the last few shows the monitor mix has been the same as the main mix, however I like the flexibility of adding at least 2 seperate monitor mixes as needed. We've been debating getting an additional mixer, a smaller one for smaller gigs which we can put on a stand or mount on the keyboardist's stand. Our basic needs: 8 mic/line inputs. We have 4 vocals, acoustic guitar can run line in or DI, keyboards dun DI, guitarist mic's his cabinet, and I run DI from my bass head. Clear vocal preamps. Ability to contol monitor volumes seperate from master volumes. Small footprint that doesnt take up space. Live shows only, no recording. Most gigs we will probably only need 6 mic inputs for 4 vocals, keyboard, and acoustic guitar, but Id like to have the other 2 just incase we do a bigger place with a very small stage and need to run guitar and bass through the PA. Plus I like having the flexibility of a few available channels incase one has a problem. If needed, acoustic guitar can run line direct to the board, keys can run a stereo out line directly to the board, and my DI has either line or mic settings, so I think I could get by with a 6 mic/line input mixer as long as there were 3-4 stereo line inputs I could use for keys, acoustic, and bass. Ive been looking at the Soundcraft EPM8, the Peavey PV14, and the Allen and Heath ZED12FX/14. They seem to fit the most criteria. Does anyone have any thoughts/experience with any of those? I would like the clarity of vocals to be at least equivalent to our mackie 1604-VLZ3. Any other small compact 8 input mixers I should be considering?