Wow, okay, thanks for getting going here, guys. Seems we're a bunch of people that have tried to give this particular need some thought.
Yeah, but exactly like you state - it's very busy isn't it?
I can definitely see the appeal of a thing like that one (once you get over the fact that it's ugly as hell, in my opinion), but there's far too much going on. Hardly need menu-riding on the mixer also, when you're already dealing with a bunch of complex-enough-as-it-is gear that needs to get plugged into it. You can't mess with the footprint though, that's phenomenal.
But just like @jasonw22 says - I think we're quite a lot of people that would actually be interested in a hardware mixer like this. And when googling around to try and find info on them, there seems to be a lot of people asking about that exact functionality.
It almost seems weird that there aren't any major mixer manufacturers that have supplied something like this? It does make me wonder, if there's really that few people who're looking for live-capable multichannel mixers beyond quad set ups. Or just straight up bedroom producers that don't need a ton of channels, but want the tactile mix option. Oh well.
Seems like this thing does pretty much the same as the new Motu Ultralite mk4 or the 828, right? And in pretty much the same way. Somewhat. But at a much higher pricetag and without pre's as a standard?
Don't mean to knock the suggestion. I can appreciate the option, but if going with the digital interface option, I'd probably be eying the options that give a lot in the box already and at a smaller pricetag.
Soundcraft definitely make great mixers, and that one seems very comparable to the Mackie 1202's and 1402's (and piles of other mixers) that I've gone through many of. The insert trick gets mentioned a lot, but I think it's worth mentioning that it's not functional in a live mix setting, since it is in almost all cases pre-fade and pre-eq, both of which are pretty crucial in a live context (and also just if you prefer to do your recordings, like I do, without have to create transitions and fades etc in-the-box)