Yes, digital mixing is mainstream but not for bar bands
. $2000+ 32 channel digital boards are not in every band's budget. I was interested in the Live 6 units because of the idiot approach to the interface but the price was exorbitant, this SMPro interface is a better compromise....lots of serious control without a sea of sliders and knobs in an 8 channel unit for $249? As AG would say come on
I recently quit a band where I ran sound from the stage. The two vocalists were always unhappy with their monitors, mainly they wanted more of their own voice and less of the other
I finally located a top box unit (from Carvin of all places) that had two monitor sends and
four power amps so I could run two monitor mixes without any outboard gear...I could leave home my rack full of power amps, EQs, etc. and a nest of patch cords. Plug in mikes, plug in speakers, go. I had to tweak the mix for them in between songs (or during songs...try adjusting a mix while playing bass some time). Meanwhile the drummer and guitarist could choose which mix they heard but couldn't get their own mix. A setup like this solves that particular problem in a slick way at a bar band price point.
is junk, someone else will come along in this space soon enough.
The ironic thing is I've cut way back on gigs and even more on doing sound so I'll never own a rig like this anyway...I've been selling off my PA. Just another example of tech I dreamed of for years arriving too late for me to take advantage of it
I listened to Hatfield and the North at Rainbow. They were very wonderful and they made my heart a prisoner.