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Behringer Q1202USB 12-Channel Mixer
- Premium ultra-low noise, high headroom analog mixer
- 4 state-of-the-art Xenyx Mic Preamps comparable to stand-alone boutique preamps
- Studio-grade compressors with super-easy 'one-knob' functionality and control LED
- Built-in stereo USB/Audio Interface to connect directly to your computer. Free audio recording, editing and podcasting software plus 150 instrument/effect plug-ins downloadable at behringer.com
- Neo-classic 'British' 3-band EQs for warm and musical sound
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Premium 12-Input 2-Bus Mixer with XENYX Mic Preamps and Compressors, British EQs + USB/Audio Interfa
The compact Q1202USB mixer allows you to effortlessly achieve premium- quality sound, thanks to its 4 onboard studio-grade XENYX Mic Preamps and ultra-musical 'British' channel EQs. And our easy-to-use 'one-knob' compressors provide total dynamic control for the ultimate in punch and clarity. Add to this, the sweet forgiveness of our British-style EQs and and +48 V Phantom Power for use with studio- grade condenser microphones – and the Q1202USB becomes an incredibly versatile mixer for your live performances. It also provides the state-of-the-art tools you need to make stunning, professional-quality recordings. Along with its built-in USB/audio interface, the Q1202USB mixer comes with all the recording and editing software needed to turn your computer system into your own personal high-performance home recording studio.
Sonically Superior Mic Preamps
The XENYX Q1202USB gets its name from our legendary, high headroom XENYX mic preamps, which have been praised by audio engineers all over the world. These state-of-the-art mic pres represent a major step in the evolution of audio technology – and they can easily hold their own. XENYX preamps offer a staggering 130 dB of dynamic range, with a bandwidth that extends from below 10 Hz to well above 200 kHz. Armed with these outstanding mic preamps, the XENYX Q1202USB provides such transparent, crystal- clear performance you just might think someone upgraded your mics while you weren’t looking.
Ask professional sound engineers what their favorite piece of external processing gear is and the majority response will be virtually unanimous – dynamic compression. What is compression? We’re glad you asked. Compression essentially limits the dynamic range of a signal, lowering the level of loud sounds and turning up softer sounds, to achieve sonic balance. But applying compression is a delicate art that many novice, and even intermediate, sound techs find challenging. Our 'one-knob' compression is available on all mono channels and is easy to operate, even for entry-level users. With this one knob, you can easily dial in the perfect amount of compression for instruments and vocals, creating powerful mixes with punch and clarity. This is indeed a rare feature for products in this class – but standard on the XENYX Q1202USB mixer.
Sublimely Musical British EQ
The British consoles of the 1960s and ‘70s changed the sound of rock and roll – without them the British Invasion might not have happened. Those legendary mixing desks soon became the envy of engineers and producers all over the world. The channel EQ on our XENYX Q1202USB is based on that very same circuitry, allowing you to imbue signals with incredible warmth and detailed musical character. Even when applied generously, these equalizers exhibit sweet forgiveness and superb audio quality.
There was a time when the recording process called for lots and lots of expensive gear, which meant the average musician had to buy time at a recording studio – and that time was pricey indeed. But modern technology has put personal recording well within the reach of virtually anyone with access to a computer. How do you get all that music flying around your brain into your computer? That’s where the XENYX Q1202USB comes in. Thanks to the built-in, bi-directional stereo USB audio interface, you can connect any of these mixers directly to your PC or Mac computer via a single USB cable. Now any signal source you connect to the mixer can be recorded directly to your hard drive. Which brings us to software.
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|Item Dimensions||12.17 x 4.17 x 16.02 in||9.76 x 9.84 x 1.97 in||12.91 x 10.63 x 3.82 in||12.91 x 10.63 x 3.82 in||2.56 x 10.83 x 9.26 in||12.99 x 14.57 x 3.54 in|
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Premium 12 Input 2 Bus Mixer with XENYX Mic Preamps and Compressors, British EQs and USB/Audio Interface
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I find the performance to be very good. The sound is clean, with no noticeable noise. When first testing I heard a hiss coming out of the main mix, but after investigating, I realized that the hiss was actually from the computer audio out. In fact all of my computers had a noticeable hiss, but only at the highest levels. Interestingly, the microphones, a Shure SM48 and Nady dual UHF-24 wireless were all very clean even with the gain turned up to maximum. Watch out for feedback! I thought the microphones were far enough away from the speakers, but not with surround sound. A horrible squeal came out. I was afraid I had blown my amp and/or speakers, but fortunately not.
It seemed I would not need the four stereo line level inputs since I wasn't planning on connecting a lot of instruments, but I found that I could connect all of my computers as well as an analog synth into the mixer using a mix of RCA, USB, and line-level inputs. Incidentally, the digital I/O eliminates the computer hiss. Right now I have four computers and a tablet hooked up to the mixer. This has the added benefit that my computers are all connected to one audio system and I can either playback or record from my choice of computer. I have the mixer's main outputs plugged into a 2x2 USB audio interface that I connect to one of the computers and to an amplifier.
The downsides for me are more what the mixer can't do. It's not an audio interface, the USB notwithstanding, but it can act very similarly. It connects to a computer via USB or RCA and then sends everything out through the main mix. I would have liked if it could send each channel individually, but that requires a device for more money. The four mono pre-amp channels have gain, level, pan,and 3 band equalizers. The 4 stereo inputs have only level and stereo balance. Mute and solo switches would be convenient, but I guess I'm not paying for convenience.
I read in some of the comments that a reviewer found that the mixer doesn't sit flush to his desk and rocks when pushed. My unit does the same thing. One foot seems to sit about a millimeter high. Annoying, so I put a busibess card underneath. That stops the rocking, but if the unit moves, the card cab slip out. I ended up attaching four square vinyl bumpers onto the bottom. That not only gets rid of the rocking but also movement. One of the bumpers covers a half inch of a ventilation opening. Hopefully that doesn't cause a problem.
I read that another reviewer dislikes the DIN power plug and I also hate it. The plug can slip out if the unit is lifted. It only happened once to me, but if you are gong to move the mixer around, or even re-position it, first unplug it. I also find the DIN connector difficult to attach . I rarly get it on the first try, even if I'm looking straight at the arrow. I never had this problem with DIN connectors before, so it could be my eyesight is failing. I also don't see why Behringer couldn't add an on/off power switch. Rubber feet and a switch - that might cost the company fifty cents. Their margins can't be that thin.
I was able to buy the mixer for less than $75 which seems to be a bargain since the price jumped $25 immediately after the purchase. For a hundred dollars, I might not have bought it. If I were willing to spend more I would have looked at a Mackie or Yamaha or a better Behringer, If I kept at a similar price point, I would have considered the Q802 or Q1002, but value for the price drove the sale. My price was actually less than the smaller Behringer mixers. Otherwise, for a bare-bones analog mixer at a reasonable price, this unit gets the job done.
Additionally, the compressors don't seem to bring up the background noise much. I don't know if it's because there isn't much compression to them (a limit to the max ratio the dial will bring in?), or they are noise-gated, or what, but cranking the compression up pretty high wasn't nearly as noise-inducing as I expected. I also didn't notice any "pumping" except at the very very highest compression settings, so for vocal work (interviews), the compressors seem to do a very nice transparent job at 85% and under on the knob. I have no idea what ratio that is though. It would be nice if Behringer would list the range of compression ratios available in the specs for the unit.
The weight is good, and I'm glad to have tone and balance controls again (as compared to my older Shure mixer that is mono and no EQ controls).
Only a few complaints about this mixer:
1) AC adapter with non-standard plug. Replacements are likely to be expensive and/or hard to find?
2) The LED meter isn't long enough. For good control over the audio, you need to see what it's doing. 4 LEDs including CLIP isn't really a meter, it's an activity light.
3) The adapter is a heavy AC adapter, not DC. (see next paragraph)
I'd really prefer that the adapter be a transformerless DC adapter. Those AC adapters with transformers in them make such a huge magnetic field, that 60hz gets into anything within a couple of feet. This means the adapter can't be pre-wired into a field kit like all the other wall warts - it has to sit on the floor several feet away to keep the hum out. A DC adapter could be bundled inside the equipment rack, tacked down, and not have to be plugged and unplugged every day.
That being said...
...this thing is a piece of trash. I've relied on several Behringer products over the course of the last decade or so, and this is the first time I've ever been truly disappointed. USB cable that came with the product doesn't fit entirely right. Power supply causes awful hum which muddies recording. I'm not the first person to complain about this and I won't be the last. If you buy this mixer and find a hiss in your recordings, don't be surprised.
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