This did an excellent job
I was looking for 8 identical preamplifiers to record a drumkit away from my home studio with multiple mics. This was the most affordable option and also allows for a lot of different uses in the future for its versatility.
The recordings came out excellent. There was no noticeable noise, good clean highs on the cymbals, nice low on the kick and toms. I never had an overdrive/distortion issue either so they must have good clean headroom.
I like the basic no fancy frills for this but at least it had separate outs for each channel (using the inserts) and a way to set the levels very accurately with the PFL feature and the peak-response LED metering that has a 3dB resolution in the area where it counts.
I got this to replace a crappy Behringer that never worked well on one channel and then up-and-died while not being used. Up and died. Though the Soundcraft doesn't have all the features of the Behringer, I really never used them anyways, so no great loss.
Seems to be built solid. The faders and knobs don't have the cheap almost-about-to-break feel of "other" models out there.
I have and use Mackie, Yamaha, and Ramsa mixers regularly, and this appears to be as good as these other pro-quality brands. It performed like those, but at probably 1/2 to 1/3 the cost!