hey ya'll. My band upgraded from a powered mixer in a box and crappy speakers just about a year ago when I purchased a Presonus SL16.4.2. and some powered mains and monitors (EV and Mackie). We have used this setup at over 25 gigs since then. It's performed well enough but one of it's shortcomings is the dodgy wireless remote setup with the mixer - this non-AI unit needs a laptop AND and external router to work - and even then, the whole thing was not that stable. The board would freeze if there were wireless issues. And of course, the board would freeze at the most inopportune moments. I'm doing sound from stage, playing bass and singing. So stuff like this is a challenge and can be stressful for no good reason. So, in the last month I've been investigating alternatives and ended up with a Behringer XR16 - seemed like a better choice for wireless (and it has proved to be more stable than the SL16.4.2) AND has a minimal form factor. Deployed this on our second last gig and we had horrendous sound issues (feedback, weird artifacts, difficulties dialling in AUX mixes, etc) so again, my confidence in the digital solution was not inspired (pilot error was a factor, though). Played a gig this past weekend with a lower end analog board with the house PA and the boys said it was the best sound that we've had in a while. Reading through the lines here, I'm guessing they aren't all that happy with the results we've been getting with the digital stuff that I've sunk a couple of grand into. They didn't seem to miss the custom AUX mixes, channel dynamics controls and all the other goodies on the Presonus and Behringer mixers. I'm at the point where I'm questioning the utility of staying digital vs taking a step back and going with a quality, yet compact, analog board. A big part of that is the workflow - with the digitial system, there are a ton of things that can be tweaked, so a ton of things that could potentially go wrong - many of which I have trouble dealing with while playing bass. With an analog system, the variables are reduced signficantly Another factor is that with an analog system, anyone in the band can do sound easily where with the digital system(s), there's a significant learning curve that not everyone is willing to invest time into. I'll also be the first to admit that there's been a lot of pilot error on my part in deploying these digital solutions. I suppose one solution would be to use the SL16.4.2 standalone and dispense with the wireless functionality, but the 16.4.2 is a pretty big and heavy board compared to something like a Soundcraft 16 channel analog board. So - TL;DR. Digital mixers have proven to be far from flawless performers in our experience. For a weekend warrior bar band, are we better off with a decent quality analog mixer with basic FX and routing capabilites?