I bought this to replace a failed mixer, where I needed only something small to service the needs of myself (and eventually my bands). We have been using this on every occasion that we play (both at practice, and in performance). Its just the right size to haul around, and can accommodate a variety of inputs (mics, guitars / basses, synths, drum machines, etc.) The on-board FX is a nice "value add" to boot, having the touch of chorus (for example) is a cheap way to polish the sound (without having to buy / power a separate pedal). The only thing I could hope for as improvement, would be to have some XLR OUT ports (but this is what DI boxes are for). If this were lost, I would rush out to buy another instantly!