I am an old school analog guy. I have just gotten into digital mixers. I had a Presonus 16R that I could not wrap my brain around. I sold it and bought the Beringer X-Air 18. What a world of difference. I plugged it in and it just worked. There were not a bunch of hoops to jump through to get it to work. With the software, X-Air Edit, I learned more about digital mixers in the first 48 hours than I did with the PreSonus which I had owned for several months.
Don't judge by the brand. It is not that Behringer you think you know. You can't buy much inputs outputs and processing power and quality for less money. It's like the little brother of the X32. Great quality, great features, it is a mixer, an FX processor and a 18 in/out audio interface in one. It really fits in my home studio, the best/cheapest way to integrate my hardware synths into my DAW.