I love this thing. I've had it for 12 years and I've never ever regretted buying it. I used a 16 strip Mackie in my music teacher's studio and I always loved it, so when it came time to buy my own I had no trouble choosing my mixer. As you can see I pretty much have it loaded up. The JV1080 uses 6 of the channels. The other 8 are taken by 4 more synthesizers and a microphone. There is also 2 effects sends and receives which are all utilized.