Any compact, affordable mixers with direct outs per channel, a playback channel, and mains? I’m aware of the A&H but haven’t found much in the way of such. Don’t need a huge channel count - 8 will do - mainly just want to use this with my modular and synths. The goal is to remove my computer from spontaneous creativity or jamming but have everything ready to go if I feel like doing something more formal. Anyone doing this or have advice?
Ideal signal path would be: [Synth Output] > MIXER CH INPUT > (AUX) > MAIN OUTPUT > MONITORS
DIRECT CH OUTPUT > AUDIO INTERFACE > DAW > MIXER PLAYBACK INPUT > MONITORS
EDIT: So I was searching a little more and reminded that the SSL X-Desk is actually a good fit for this though hardly affordable. With its awesome switching/routing capabilities and lack of EQ, its kinda minimal as well.