I promise I have scoured this forum and others, and it has been invaluable. The stuff I've read so far is the only reason that I can even talk about this right now. But I feel I'm at a point where I know the broad strokes, but I wanted some specific advice on what I may be missing. And yes, this is all admittedly way early in the game, but I want to stay ahead of the "we need this NOW" curve... My intent is to understand everything we would need for small to medium gigs, both with and without FOH support. First a little background. We have 4 members (adding a 5th after our final auditions this Saturday): Me (bass/vocals), a drummer, 2 guitarists, and an incoming vocalist/keyboardist. We each have our respective instruments, cables, pedals, and cabs. Indeed we all have smaller combos, or larger head/cab solutions as required. I even have a slant-top rolling rack if needed. I also have a few decent mics (SM58's and assorted). But what we don't have is an actual solution for vocal amplification. Right now, I am just running vocals into an audio interface and then into old Fender tube guitar amp. It works, but it doesn't seem to be a viable "performance" solution to me. So starting there, I am trying to figure out next steps. As of right now, my top priority is a digital mixer. The Behringer XR18 is the front-runner due to features and price. Also I already have a dual-band router, convertible 13" touchscreen laptop, and a Fire HD8 tablet (both with X-Air already installed), so I wouldn't need anything other than the XR18 for a complete mixing solution. I figure with this, I can rack the mixer (kept on or near stage), set the laptop on top as a "master" mix console (also for EQing out front over WiFi), and use the tablet for my individual mix (each member will use their own tablet/phone for real-time control of their mix...). All the instrument amps have DI out, so they would also go into the mixer. I would then have the main outs on the mixer to send to a PA system (FOH or our own, see below). I know another priority is monitoring. I am super-keen on the idea of wireless IEMs. Unfortunately, I don't have any of that rx/tx equipment yet, although I do have some buds that should work for now, either KZ ZS6's or Westone AM Pro 10's. I know wired is cheaper, but I am already addicted to wireless (using the cheap but effective G30 on my bass). I am leaning heavily towards either Shure GLX-D or Sennheiser (their models are confusing to me). I like the idea of a "dual" receiver that could handle both my mic and my instrument (nice but not required), and I would like it to be rack-mountable (almost a hard requirement). How expensive do I have to go to get something that I won't consider wasted money in a year? Finally, we are also missing any sort of PA, and this becomes critical if we don't have FOH, mainly because of vocals. I would love to grab a pair of QSC 12.2's and a comparable sub, but frankly that just ain't in the budget! Assuming I have the XR18 (or the like), what are some reasonably-priced decent solutions to get at least the vocals (and probably the keys) amplified? I don't need top of the line, but neither do I want to spend money on something barely adequate for beginners that I just want to throw away in 6 months... So I've looked at JBL, EV, and even Mackie, but I am not willing to go too much lower to something like Harbinger or Behringer (my choice of mixer notwithstanding...) As an aside, I've read from lots of folks that have an XR18 (or another similar digital mixer with WiFi access), but that *still* use a snake for some reason or other. Why? I really want to avoid the need for one of those if I can. Lastly, I've read about folks that get an XR18, only to turn around and spring for an X-Touch as well. Frankly, if physical faders are so neccesary and/or superior, I would rather spend a bit extra up front and just get the X32 Producer. Sorry for the verbal diarrhea, I just wanted to provide enough detail that specific advice/suggestions/alternatives could be offered. Am I on the right track? Am I missing a key ingredient? Am I overlooking obvious alternatives? Thanks for looking.