So I have been harping on our band leader (the drummer) to invest in a new soundboard. We were running an analog board that was super heavy/big and since we don't have a dedicated soundguy, it was usually standing right beside our guitarist. He could adjust things during our sound check but it required him to be playing, walk out into the audience area, listen, walk back and make an adjustment, repeat. During our sets, he could make minor adjustments but it was difficult. We have in-ears, and asking him to make adjustments to our mix was always secondary and usually didn't happen. Just two weeks ago, I came across this Mackie DL1608 - a completely digital board that requires an iPad as the interface. Paired with a wireless router, the iPad can then be mobile. Up to 10 iPads, iPhones, iPods can be connected, hello personal in-ear management. During our last two gigs sound check - he just takes the iPad out and can make any adjustment he wants. It has a build in gate/compressor, it has effects (delay/reverb) on any channel and it just plain and simple rocks. Drummer guy is pissed that he didn't buy it and now wants to grab one for himself once he sells the equipment this thing has replaced. I can honestly say after two gigs this thing is worth every penny. Just wanted to share and say that if you are in the market to get a soundboard or upgrade, I would consider this piece of equipment, as a small cover band (or even a larger outfit I think) this thing is perfect. Disclaimer: I am not a Mackie dealer, or anything like that - I don't have 'an ear' for the tiny things - digital vs analog and all that stuff. I just wanted something that drunk people can listen to and makes my gig easier and better. A quick search on ebay - and these can be had for $750 (refurbished) or $999 brand new from any reputable dealer. Does any one else use this and what has been your experience?