Re: Need some P.A. advice, mostly for play-along.
I just got a Presonus 24.4.2 and am just learning to use it. Up to this point it seems very user friendly. Of course you don't need a 24 channel mixer. The 16 will do fine for most people.
The good thing is I have found lots of information on Youtube about running this board. It seems to be pretty popular.