This will be offensive to some as I am a band member who is running sound from the stage (without a sound person). Question about analog live application soundboards. Revamping my portable PA system, as my old PA powered head from 2003 is shooting craps. I’ve had a Peavey Powered head 8 channel (6 xlr inputs), 2 Yamaha 12” Passive monitors, and a few years ago I got 2 QSC K12 powered mains (which I love). The Peavey has channels going down, scratchy pots all over the place, and I’m using the last month’s batch of technical difficulties as a reason to upgrade. We’ve gotten by for a long time on 6 channels, just barely. It would be nice to have 10 or 12 xlr inputs. What I’ve enjoyed about this system is that it is compact, easy to set up at show time, easy to adjust during the show, and not too heavy. Those are my priorities. I’ll pay more if something really fits all those bills. We are a 5 piece Zydeco band (think upbeat blues band but with accordion and rubboard), 3 to 4 vocals, and we always run an amplified accordion (1 or 2 inputs). Sometimes we run a guitar, and the drummer often brings a small speaker to run his kick and snare right next to him. We may start running the kick and snare thru a new set up. (But I don’t want subs! Not trying to offend. Just not interested in lugging them around, and the thump isn’t as important to me). Upgrade thoughts: A (non powered) soundboard and 2 powered monitors. Powered Monitors: Looked into QSC’s and thought about sinking $1600 into 2 monitors. Yikes. Considering 2 EV Powered 12” (ZLX 1000 Watt). Seem good enough. If you have strong opinions about that, do share! The main question for me is the soundboard: I’d like to have 10 or 12 XLR inputs. (would cover rare instance when we need to run drums etc through system). Having 2 monitor mixes would be nice, as the drummer often wants something different than the rest of us. Having a simple parametric eq to adjust the monitor mix would be handy. Occasionally we’ll play at a venue and get a little feedback in the monitors, and tweaking channel by channel to figure out what it is takes too much time. Easier to dampen the monitor mix and get back to the show. (Not trying to offend!) But I’ve only found that in the Mackie Pro FX 16V2. I suppose real soundperson would run the monitor signal through some 15 band EQ, which I could do. But I’ve gotten by fine with my old 9 band parametric EQ that was on the old Peavey Powered Head. I like that I can look at it while I’m playing, think to myself “Just bring those two bands down a hair and see if that takes care of it” and then in a moment I can do it. I don’t want to be opening ipads and tapping through windows between songs to do the same thing, and before you know it 20 seconds has gone by and the audience is staring at me like “hello?” In a perfect world: I’d like to just plug a soundboard into the monitors and mains and we’re good. Running it through some other gear just to get the Parametric EQ… I can do that, but I’d rather not. I like less gear and less set up. I have an old Pyle 215 parametric EQ sitting on a shelf at home I could use for this if I have to. Bleh. For soundboards, I’ve been looking at the Yamaha MG16XU, the Mackie Pro FX 16V2, and maybe there’s some others that might be a good fit? PreSonus, Sound Craft? But which? I believe in “buy once, cry once” (but I don’t think I’m going to get QSC’s for powered monitors, J) The sales person from Sweetwater talked with me about how great it is to have a compression knob on the Yamaha, how it can improved some vocalists. Curious about this. Alright, you made it to the end of this. I am very curious about your opinion! Thanks.