I used to use an XR16 and a mono IEM mix via one of the AUX outs. While adequate, it was a pain to navigate through an app and move virtual sliders just to make quick adjustments on the fly. And you always had to make sure your view mode was SENDS TO FADER, or you could accidentally change the house mix! Now I use an XR18 with a P16-M, and it couldn't be easier. It's very intuitive, even without reading the manual. No worries about accidentally changing the house mix. No navigating through apps. Simply press a button and twist a knob. Plus, since I don't have to worry about conserving AUX outs like on our old mixer, I can have stereo IEM! There's less fatigue because my poor brain doesn't have to subconsciously try to separate all the performers from one mono blob in the middle of my head. With easily adjustable panning and EQ, each performer has their own niche in my IEMs--spatially and sonically. The indicator LEDs let you see exactly which channels are getting a signal, and which channel is currently selected for editing. Sounds like something you'd take for granted, but it removes all guesswork--something especially important during a live performance. There's even space on the bottom for you to put some tape for a scribble strip. My only minor gripe is that it's not a P-18M, LOL. That would be useful for monitoring the XR18's Line-Ins (our band does occasionally use all 18 channels). But overall, a great unit.
Pros: - EASY to use. The pinnacle of convenience. - Each channel has its own pan and EQ. - Adjustments are lightning fast compared to navigating through an app. - Simple, logical layout, good indicator LEDs, no guesswork involved. - It remembers your settings after powering down.
Cons: 18 channels would have been nice. Yes, it's great with 16, it's like the Hulk. But with 18, it would have been like Hulk plus Iron Man plus Thor.
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