For those who want to take the leap into the digital mixer world, the Behringer X32 32-channel digital mixer is your answer. Designed for those more accustomed to analog consoles the X32 is extremely easy to use, and it's high-fidelity to boot. Additionally, the X32 has a serious amount of I/O options featuring 32 mic/line inputs, 6 aux inputs and 16 bus outputs all at an amazing value - plus, it's got 25 motorized faders too!
The Behringer X32 features 32 microphone preamps based on a class-leading design from the digital console experts at MIDAS. When you are ready to expand, the Behringer offers some amazing add-ons. Paired with the Behringer S16 stage box, a single CAT5 cable from FOH to the stage can receive up to 48 channels of audio input and deliver all bus outputs, along with 16 individual monitor feeds for Behringer's P16 personal monitoring system. The dedicated channel strip section puts 17 backlit buttons and 13 rotary controls with LED-collars right at your fingertips for adjustment of each channel's gain, compressor and 4-band parametric EQ. Additionally, each input and output channel strip features its own color backlit 128x64 graphic LCD, which provides vital channel information at-a-glance. Additional features include assignable sub-groups with group muting, a record mode that allows all 32 inputs to be recorded via a USB connection, an onboard virtual FX Rack provides access to eight true-stereo, multi-effects processors including delay, chorus and dynamics processing.
Tons of I/O Options
Unlike a lot of other digital mixers that will cost you an arm and a leg, the Behringer X32 is an amazing value. With up to 40 inputs and 16 balanced buss outputs the X32 is extremely robust in its I/O options. The X32 is compact with an easy to understand layout, perfect for anyone new to digital mixing consoles. With 25 total motorized faders the 32 inputs are split into 3 separate "pages" which are easily selectable, great for quickly setting mixes. When it comes to outputs the X32 makes assigning buss outputs a breeze, completely with group muting and level control via 8 motorized faders.
Powerful "Channel Strip" Offers Quick Access to Inputs
The dedicated channel strip section puts 17 backlit buttons and 13 rotary controls with LED-collars right at your fingertips for adjustment of each channel's gain, compressor and 4-band parametric EQ. Additionally, each input and output channel strip features its own color backlit 128x64 graphic LCD, which provides vital channel information at-a-glance.
Ready for Expansion with Behringer Personal Monitors and Digital Snakes
When you are ready to expand, Behringer offers some amazing add-ons. Paired with the Behringer S16 stage box, a single CAT5 cable from FOH to the stage can receive up to 48 channels of audio input and deliver all bus outputs, along with 16 individual monitor feeds for Behringer's P16 personal monitoring system.
Behringer X32 Features:
- 32-channel total recall digital mixer with fully programmable high-end mic preamps and 16 mix buses, configurable as subgroups
- Main LCR, 6 matrix buses and all 16 mix buses featuring inserts, 6-band parametric EQ's and dynamics processing
- 16 analog XLR outputs plus 6 additional line in/outputs, 2 phones connectors and a talkback section with integrated or external mic
- 48-channel digital snake ready via AES50 ports featuring KLARK TEKNIK's SuperMAC networking capability for ultra-low jitter and latency
- iPad app for professional remote mixing operation available free of charge-no host PC required
- Built-in expansion port for Firewire/USB card or digital networking interfaces
- Virtual FX rack featuring 8 true-stereo FX slots for high-end simulations of famous outboard gear such as Lexicon 480L and PCM70, EMT250 and Quantec QRS etc. (included)
- Ultra-high power 40-Bit floating-point DSP features "unlimited" dynamic range, no internal overload and near-zero latency between in and outputs
- 6 mute groups and 8 DCA groups on 8 dedicated 100 mm motorized faders
- Super-easy user interface and dedicated channel strip section with direct access controls for intuitive workflow
- High-resolution 7" color TFT with associated controls and individual RGB backlit graphic LCD's in every channel
- 25 motorized 100 mm faders, extensive channel strip plus dedicated user-definable control section
- USB type-A connector providing file storage and uncompressed stereo recordings plus show presets and system updates
- Connectivity for BEHRINGER's P-16 Personal Monitoring System, AES/EBU stereo digital output and MIDI
- Adjustable line delays available on all physical in and outputs
- Networked remote control for show setups with software editor via Ethernet (included)
- Controller mode emulates HUI and Mackie-Control for DAW remote control via USB
- Powerful scene management for convenient handling of complex productions
- High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
- Conceived and designed by Behringer Germany
"We're talking about Behringer's new X32 digital mixing console. This mixing console has been in development for over a year. Behringer bought Midas. So what you've got is the brain power of Midas along with the efficiency of production of Behringer. This mixer is designed to make it easy for somebody that has an analog console to get into the digital world. Let me show you what I mean.
First of all the X32 means we've got 32 input channels. There's 16 on 2 layers. So number 1, has layer 1 through 16. I go to layer 2 and I've got 17 through 32. Fairly typical for digital mixers. If I go to the 3rd layer, then I have my AUX-in and USB returns. I've got 8 AUX-ins and they're line-level inputs, so really although it says "X32," I've got a 40 channel mixer, plus USB ins. So you've got 32 mic-line inputs, and another 8 line ins for auxes, plus the USB.
So what makes this an easy mixer to use for somebody that's familiar with an analog mixer? Well let's move up to this section right now. First of all we'll go back to channel one, select that, and you can see that instead of going to a touch panel the channel strip is right up here and it's in an analog type of a format.
So first of all you've got your gain control and that controls how much level is coming into the channel, just like a trim or a gain on any other mixer. You also have a low-cut. So you can cut off the rumble from a microphone, a vocal microphone and you can select what frequency that's at. You simply press "Low-cut" here and adjust that and away you go. And you'll also see it over here on the display panel as well, but it's easy to see right here. The gate and the dynamics of the gate are right here. You can select whether you want a gate or a ducker, compressor or expander, very easy to get to, and then the equalizer, you've got a 4-band EQ. So you've got high, high-mid, low-mid and low and you simply select which band you want to work with. Your Q is here, the frequency at which the EQ is ugoing to impact or effect it is there and then the gain off that. So it's a fully parametric 4-band EQ. And you've gut bus sends up here as well. 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16.
So what's incredible, on essentially a 40-channel mixer, is that you've got 16 buses. But we use the buses not only for sends, for Aux sends to the monitors, but also our sends to the effects and you can use them for recording as well. So 16 buses, you simply have 1-4, now this is 1-4, you select 5-8, then this is channels 5-8 and away you go. Again very easy to always remember. Your channel strip is up here. The way I access that channel strip is by simply by selecting the channel that I want to impact, I want to adjust. So if I select that one, I'm up on channel 6. I adjust the levels here, and by the way, as you can see, moving faders, moving faders..and I also have a small LCD-type readout. For instance it says "Snare Drum," "High Hat" and "Mid-Tom." These are assignabe through a PC or on the LCD screen and it makes it real easy to understand what is hooked up to channel 7. And you also have a small icon. So then we move over here to the master side. Typical left/right master. And you have bus controls here. So these are your masters for the buses, which are going to be your Auxes. So, bus 1 through 8, bus 9 through 16, so all 16 bus-controls are here.
You also have EQ and full dynamics on all of these outputs as well.
Then we go...you have 6 mute groups. So you can select channels that are going to be on the mute group. Simply select which mute groups you want. That's like an analog console as well, very easy to understand. You might mute the vocals. You might mute the band with a mute group. You can also mute other input sources by simply pressing a button. Very easy to understand.
You also have an "Assign" area. So I can assign presets like a lighting console, by simply selecting 1 through 8 on the presets. The wonderful thing about this console is that it uses an AES digital busing system. So it can plug directly into their 16-channel on stage monitor system as well, and you can have remote inputs. So let me take a look. I'll pull this, this is an input box, a stage input box. So you have 16 channels coming in on the stage input box. You have 8 outputs. Those have phantom power on them. And by connecting it simply to ethernet one ethernet cable, right here, and you can daisy-chain them, you can take the input box, the stage box, and connect it to the console with 1 ethernet cable.
You also have output for their personal monitor system. And the personal monitor system is pretty incredible in that it has 16 channels it can access off of this console. So let me grab that...and show you that. So the P16-M, you select any of these 16 channels. You've got a little bit of tone control. You've got level control for those. But again, you're running it on the ethernet cable. And you're assigning which of the 40 channels on this console go to this particular 16-channel personal monitor mixer through the selection page on the LCD readout over here. So I can assign any of thse channels to that personal monitor and then the person on stage simply uses that like an Aviom system or like a Roland system or any of the other systems that you're familiar with. Check these out. Give us a call at CCI Solutions for the X32 Behringer Digital Mixing System."
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