OK. It took a couple of weeks for me to get this EQ into a gig environment, so I didn't know how to review this piece of kit from Harman until then ..... well, you have to put it to test somewhere you would use it. In the studio most people have DAWS, so why bother with another piece of hardware eh? 15 channels ( actually FSC) is probably perfect for live gigs as most mic problems happen at around 2k and the the other frequencies are perfect for tweaking to the venue. I found the +12 was not neccessary in my instance, I use MIDI for my show, but I'm sure a lot of people would need this for group sounds as guitars, brass, drums etc vary a lot depending on personel. All this in a 1u rack, very important, for the price is fantastic. So, it's made in China, my underpants share the same origin, but the build quality is great because it's Harman. So in conclusion, for live gigs where you need to augment the sound specific to the venue, you won't get better than this. Oh, I would have liked an off/on switch, being a control freak, but as the unit only consumes 15w ...... as they say, Hey Ho!