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BEHRINGER XENYX X1204USB
- Premium ultra-low noise, high headroom analog mixer
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BEHRINGER XENYX X1204USB/1204USB
Premium 12-Input 2/2-Bus Mixer with XENYX Mic Preamps Compressors, British EQs and USB/Audio Interface
- Premium ultra-low noise, high headroom analog mixer
- 4 state-of-the-art XENYX, phantom-powered Mic Preamps comparable to stand-alone boutique preamps
- 4 studio-grade compressors with super-easy "one-knob" functionality and control LED for professional vocal and instrumental sound
- Neo-classic "British" 3-band EQs for warm and musical sound
- 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 and ultra-low latency driver downloadable at www.behringer.com
- 2 aux sends per channel: 1 pre fader for monitoring applications, 1 post fader for external FX devices
- Clip LEDs and mute/alt 3-4 function on all channels
- 2 subgroups with separate outputs for added routing flexibility
- 2 multi-functional stereo aux returns with flexible routing
- Balanced main mix outputs with gold-plated XLR connectors plus separate control room, headphones and stereo tape outputs
- Control room/phones outputs with multi-input source matrix
- Long-wearing 60-mm logarithmic-taper faders and sealed rotary controls
- "Planet Earth" switching power supply for maximum flexibility (100 - 240 V~), noise-free audio, superior transient response plus low power consumption for energy saving
- Rack mount brackets included for ultimate flexibility
- High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
- Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany
Perfect for a small live-performance mixer, as well as home-based recording setup, the X1204USB/1204USB provides four mono channels with premium XENYX mic preamps, neo-classic 3-band British-style EQ and two stereo input channels. Far from being a "bare-bones" mixer, all mono channels feature our "one-knob" studio-grade compressor and two Aux Sends (one each pre- and post-fader). Two stereo Aux Returns are included for use with external FX modules. The built-in USB audio interface provides bi-directional transfer of signals between the mixer and computer.
XENYX USB Series mixers are designed to handle your live gigs, and they provide the state-of-the-art tools you need to make stunning, professional-quality recordings. Along with their built-in USB/audio interfaces, XENYX USB mixers come with all the recording and editing software you'll need to turn your computer system into a complete, high-performance home recording studio.
Sonically Superior Mic Preamps
All XENYX mixers have one thing in common - great-sounding, high headroom XENYX mic preamps. These state-of-the-art mic pres represent a major step in the evolution of audio technology - and they can easily hold their own, even when compared to the most expensive stand-alone mic preamps. 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, XENYX mixers provide such transparent, crystal-clear performance you just might think someone upgraded your mics while you weren't looking.
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 mixers 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.
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 have great difficulty mastering. 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 all XENYX USB mixers.
All XENYX USB Series mixers (except the 1204USB) feature our new 24-bit dual engine FX processor, with 16 editable, studio-grade presets including reverb, chorus, flanger, delay, pitch shifter and multi-effects. Complete with a highly accurate input meter, these effects can be altered to your personal taste via the Parameter control. Time-based functions can be entered manually by pressing the Tap button in tempo with the music.
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 XENYX USB mixers come 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...
Free Would Be Nice!
Because you'll want to take full advantage of the XENYX USB Series mixers' recording and podcasting potential, we've thrown in a massive software package that includes Audacity (the most popular open source audio editor), Podifier, Juice, Podnova and Golden Ear (a great selection of podcasting software). You're ready to go live on your PC or Mac computer right out of the box! You also get more than 100 virtual instruments and 50 FX plug-ins, turning your computer into a complete home-based or mobile recording studio from input to output.
No matter what your audio mixing needs are, BEHRINGER USB Series mixers provide the performance and features that can take your talent to the next level, at a price that is sure to amaze you. Try one on today - we have one available in your size!
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Replacement board made no difference for the Level Meters, but I've been using the board a good bit for a few months now, and I really like it. I would give it 5 stars if the meters worked, but they're useless.
I go out of the board into a Zoom H4N, so I use the meters on that to monitor. It's less convenient and pointless, but it works fine. I'm very happy with my audio, and the pre-amps are so far everything I need (read some people saying they needed better pre-amps.) If I used the USB cable and recorded with Garage Band or whatever, I guess I could monitor my levels from there. I haven't done that, I'm fine with using my H4N.
I just ordered a replacement board, I'm sure this review will go way up once I get the new one. On the first board, the level meter was almost completely unresponsive, I'll detail it here in case it helps someone:
- XLR mic into channel 1, turned up to 0 (phantom on, not muted, EQ's at 12 o'clock)
- Main mix turned up to 0
- Talking into the mic loudly would vaguely register at -20
- Cranking the gain up to 3 o'clock or full blast will finally let the meters show me that it's going up to 0 or higher, but then it is horribly distorted.
Tested mostly using a Sennheiser MKH416 two inches from my mouth, multiple XLR's tried. Spent a couple hours making sure I didn't have a stupid button mix up or whatever. But monitoring the audio, it sounded good even though it said it was -20, it just wasn't registering on the meter. This video made me confident it should be working the way I expected: https://youtu.be/PDQ697QjOMU?t=21m58s
Went to Behringer.com and worked with their support which was very brief but they were nice enough. Their first response was just "it sounds like your gain is turned all the way up" which isn't helpful, but when I explained in more detail he agreed that it sounded like a problem with an internal connection. That's as specific as it got, but I also found a 5 year old thread of a guy experiencing the exact same problem and everything was fixed for him when he got a new unit.
Other than that, it feels really well made, looks great, I couldn't be happier with the presentation. Wish I could record separate tracks on my computer, but whatever. Getting one quality stereo output will be good enough for now, and for the price it's great.
I'll update when the new board comes.
With mixers your either buy nice or buy twice, and this one is a great first purchase for buying twice.
When I try to use it again, it then worked. Not sure if the unit was flakey, or what. It specs compared to other mixers such as AH, SC, YA, Mackie is as good, and often time better. The quality of sound is great though. Love this unit, but it seemed unreliable. The monitor switch got a loud click noise, during a gig, but not doing that at home . Don't know why.I immediately fill out registration card, and will try to contact Behringer for service.
After all it has 3 year warranty.
Quality seems to be fine once you get the right drivers loaded. I also got the 2-TRACK RCA input working with help from Behringer support. Behringer support was quick and responsive so I've updated from 2 stars to 4 stars. I still get a hum when USB from laptop is connected, but I'm going to try a power conditioner for the laptop and/or mixer.
I bought the Behringer X1204USB for our company. The USB input and output is very problematic. The first set of drivers I downloaded were labeled X1204USB and they never installed properly. Then I downloaded the 2902_X64_2.8.40 drivers from Behringer and got USB recording working. But if I output audio to the Behringer ASIO USB drivers, I no longer get any audio input from the Behringer USB interface.
Even if I'm not trying to record and output to USB at the same time, I can never get any audio to show up on the X1204USB mixer. I can see audio being sent on the Behringer USB interface under "Playback Devices" in Windows 7 and the signal meter is bouncing up and down, but none of the lights on the X1204USB light up. No matter what source buttons I push (like the 2-TR/USB), I never get any audio going into the PHONES monitor.
I can't get the 2-TRACK input to work either. If I take an MP3 player or Smartphone and send line level audio to the 2-TRACK RCA input, none of the audio shows up in the PHONES monitor and none of the lights light up. It also doesn't matter what source buttons I push and all the levels are set to neutral.