I agree. But I also not Require one to get good sound. Ill be buying one asap. But I seriously get the feeling that to most of the people on this forum its more about how much money you spent on your gear than actual skill. I dont need compressors and gates on every channel us stellar eq to get good sound. Honestly I find it sad that so many think they do. They simply do not have the baseline skills apparently. I have run into a lot of snobbs so far. Spending 2 k on a console seems to make sense to them. That is folly. Upgrading later makes much more sense as im doing this as I can afford it. If I followed the advice of the people here I'd have 15k in a system for club size gigs and that just stupid. No one will pay enough to make that system profitable. I dont care what state your in.
One does not need to use all the internal tools, but they certainly come in handy depending on the gigs you do.
Did a streaming gig yesterday that in theory could be done with a analog mixer and associated cabling, but going digital made it so much easier. One stagerack with the wireless gear side stage, one stagerack at the entertainment position (drums, keys, guitar) and one in the A/V department for video feeds from us and back again with remote speakers, DJ tracks, Q-Lab ++++.
Sending mixes and receiving inputs is a matter of routing and plugging short cables, no need to bring large, heavy multicores.
That's the real advantage of going digital. You have the options available for a whole new infrastructure for your shows and the tools onboard available IF you need them. Need a separate reverb for a mix? Need to automix the presenters? Need a limiter for a broadcast feed? Need do delay a input/output? It's all there.