I would deeply appreciate some advice for a mixer for our new art/performance space. we have the capability to have 12 inputs into the system, and 12 separate speakers. We would like a mixer that would allow us to adjust the gain of at least 8 input channels on the fly as pass-thrus, and we would also like the mixer to be able to mix those down to a stereo pair. It would also be great to be able to jack a laptop directly into the mixer via firewire to get inputs and outputs to software like ableton live and Cycling '74 Max, but this could be a second box.
We are currently looking at: Soundcraft Si Compact 16 (unclear if it can be upgraded to accept firewire in) PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 (can talk to Ableton Live but I am unclear if it can do the pass-thru channels) Soundcraft FX16ii (does what we want except no digital i/o)
Any and all advice is appreciated!