Deal of the century
I bought the very first version of this board back in '06 when I started my band. I literally used it to the hilt. We used the buil-in FX, as well as an outboard processor. I used two 4 channel compressor/limiters/gate units to add that functionality to channels 1-8. I use both additional sends as monitors, mixed everything to the subgroups which then got sent to the mains. Also used the cue out to feed a second mains for club speakers. Ran EQs on both separate outputs. I ran into a crossover to split the tops from subs, and also ran behringer feedback destroyers on the mic inserts for transparent feedback reduction. For a long time the only non behringer gear in the whole chain was the DBX driverack. Even my speakers were originally behringer. I put over 250 shows on this setup before graduating to a Studiolive mixer, and never had one piece of the chain fail me (including a full beer in the mixer on the debut night! - I disassembled and cleaned it myself). That's 250 4-hour shows in clubs ranging from smoky bars to outside on the beach. I kept my gear covered when not in use, and occasionally gave a good wipe down with rubbing alcohol but that's it. I have since had way more trouble with my presonus boards, and QSC amps than that setup ever gave me. FF to 106, 10 years later, I just pulled it all out of the rack to sell and every piece, including this board works flawlessly still. I know behringer has a bad rep for poor QC, but I have to think most of it is hearsay. I've never had a more reliable system. I am an advanced mix engineer, and I can think of dozens of times people came up to compliment the mix and were floored to see what we were using. Set up proper gain staging, keep your levels in check, learn how to use the gear properly and always use quality power protection (regulation is even better) and I can say that a professional system can be built for a good price that will serve you for as long as you need it to. I did purchase one feedback destroyer as-is on ebay, and replaced the PSU caps, and after that it provided 10 years of service, but aside from that everything was bought working and stayed working. Kudos to behringer for upping their game and delivering working class musicians gear they can lean on, on a working musician's salary. yes, you'll graduate to better gear, but there's no reason not to start here. I just sold this mixer, and deep down I kinda wish I hadn't! lol BTW, my version did not have the orange knobs or the built in compressors. Mine was literally the debut version of this board.