We chose this mixer over the competition because of the standalone / 18 channel / rackmountable / multichannel digital recording direct to DAW / live mixing / 8 Aux output capablities. The Ashly support staff is great and helped us out with some integration issues and it works great. We use this for a complete live band main mixer with multichannel live recording using the USB-3018 add on card with a laptop straight to a DAW. At this price point there is no viable competition. I coundn't be more satisified.