Behringer X-Touch

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Universal DAW Remote Controller

  • For studio and live applications
  • Supports HUI and Mackie Control protocol
  • 9 Touch-sensitive 100 mm motor faders
  • 8 LCD Displays for channel identification and other parameters
  • Ethernet interface for RTP (Real-time Protocol) MIDI and BEHRINGER X32 remote control
  • 8 Assignable rotary controls
  • 92 Buttons for direct access of key functions
  • Built-in 2x2 USB/MIDI interface for direct connection from Mac or PC
  • 2 Connectors for foot switches
  • Dimensions: (H x W x D) 100 x 452 x 301 mm
  • WeightL 4.3 kg

Further Information

USB Yes
Bluetooth No
5-pole DIN MIDI Yes
Ethernet Yes
Fader 9
Rotary Encoders 8
Audio I/O No
Transport Function Yes
Footswitch connection Yes
Foot Controller Connection Yes
Bus-Powered No
Jog Yes
Joystick No

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Flawed implementation
Just a customer, 16.10.2019
First thing to say about the x touch is that physically it's a solid product for the most part. It's heavy and the chassis is well constructed. It stays put on your desk. This is a big deal for me. I don't like gear floating around...The former BCR and BCF series were a good deal lighter and the the feet were not so good.

Faders are smooth enough and are accurate. LCD strips are adequate, but as many people have mentioned, not ideal to read at a comfortable working angle. Pan/multi-function encoders are OK but have that wobbly quality the same as the old ones from the BCF/BCR. That's just a 'feel' thing, they work fine and they seemed to last on the only BCF unit. I also don't find the readout of the position of the encoders that easy to read. Function buttons for the channel strips like mute, solo etc are rubberized, but firm and affirmative in operation and have clear lighting to show if they are engage or not. No complaints there.

Transport controls are adequate, but the jog wheel is not very usable. It's stiff and the indent for your finger is too shallow to work properly.

Where I really start to have problems is in the general function buttons, which in mackie mode are supposed to do everything correctly (with the right layout, which I have for cubase). They don't. As far as I can tell the whole bunch of buttons in the global view don't work at all. Even for something like the click toggle I had to set up a custom function. Which works easily admittedly, but then I have to modify my template with a sticker. I'm not precious about that sort of thing, but I expect the basics to work properly and not have to set up custom functions. I'm not even thinking about controlling plugins or deeper standard DAW features.

To sum up, if you just want something to operate the faders, pan, basic channels switches, like solo mute and transport. This works fine, but beyond that it is not working how it should, at least with cubase. And if you only want those functions, you might be better off with something like the Icon platform M which is a smaller footprint and cheaper.

I sent mine back, because it's not proving to be a genuine ergonomic improvement in my studio and not all the basic functionality works. So I'm disappointing in the product overall.

Just to say though. Thomman's service is excellent as usual.
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Quickly became an indispensable tool for me
Zwavelbron, 07.06.2019
My use case for the X-Touch is as a DAW controller for Cubase in a home studio. I use it for transport control, setting markers, volume and panning, and other DAW control (e.g. arming tracks, metronome toggle (custom shortcut), monitor toggle (custom shortcut))

I don't use the faders and knobs for plugin control etc., I use my master keyboard for those since that allows me to change the CC numbers more easily.

The positive:
- Since I started using this in Cubase, I can't work well without it anymore. It speeds up my mixing workflow so much compared to just using mouse+keyboard. It's also much easier to control the recording process with the X-Touch when I'm playing guitar or keyboard. Need to record DI + wet signal to separate tracks? Just press both 'rec/arm' buttons on the X-Touch at the same time.
- Build quality feels very solid, faders feel sturdy.
- Reliable, no issues in operation yet after 4 months of intensive use.
- The touch sensitive faders are useful for automatically selecting channels, no need to press a button first. However, that option does exist as well, if you want to select a channel without touching the fader and risking a volume change. It's great to have both options!
- Great integration with Cubase, the customizable shortcuts open up a world of possibility.
- Has 2 pass-through USB ports, which I use to connect some other music-related gear, allowing me to turn all of it on/off with a single switch - the X-Touch power button.
- Uses a standard power cord which is therefore easily replaceable.
- Motorized faders just look awesome in general.
- Much cheaper than an actual Mackie yet I don't really see a reason why that would be better. In fact, I prefer the X-Touch' separate track displays to the Mackie's combined track display. The X-Touch also shows the volume per channel during playback with a typical volume 'bar', which looks great in the total channel overview, while the Mackie just shows it using a single LED.

The negative (X-Touch specific):
- The track displays are not readable under an angle, but I solved that by tilting the whole X-Touch, which somehow feels more natural to control that way for me as well.
- Toggling between parameter names and parameter values in the track displays is a non-sticky option. I prefer to see the values, but the default is to show the parameter name. Every time I switch fader banks (or restart the device), I have to re-set that option if I want to see values instead.

The negative (Mackie-protocol limitations):
- The track display hardware supports different colors for the backlights, which would be an awesome feature to even more quickly correlate the channels to the ones in my DAW. However, this does not work with a DAW due to limitations in the Mackie protocol. This is NOT actually a limitation in the X-Touch itself; the much more expensive Mackie controllers have the same limitation. It only works over ethernet when connected to a Behringer X32 (have not been in a position to try that, so I cannot verify it)
- Buttons can have different functions in different DAWs and applications, so you may have to find and print a template to put on it for easier use. The standard names don't map well to Cubase, which I'm using.
- Faders sometimes do not appear to go very smoothly. This is not a hardware issue, but it is because some DAWs send Mackie updates with a relatively low frequency (so instead of a 'diagonal line' when increasing volume, the controller receives a 'staircase' from the DAW). Luckily there is a free tool floating around online that can intercept and interpolate these updates, which improves smoothness.

Useful note:
- The protocol is MIDI-based, which makes it universally compatible with many things. However, if you only plan to use the faders and knobs for volume/panning, like me, you may want to disable this device in your DAW's regular MIDI inputs to prevent unintentional changes to your virtual instruments when pushing buttons and moving faders/knobs :)
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Fantastic MCU version
Well That was a Useless Buy, 02.03.2020
I wanted one of these for a while and was not disappointed when it arrived and I plugged it in. Works perfect with my Behringer X18 and Ableton Live and I can switch between the two at a flick of a button. Brilliant. Only gripe, no function button overlays available from Behringer for the X18 or any DAWS however there are third parties but not cheap, so have made my own. It is not cheap so would have been good to include these like some of the other MCU controller manufacturers do. It's a small thing but it did put me off buying last year and I tried out all the competition first - but when I bought the X18 it sealed the deal. Had I not bought the X18 I probably would still be hovering between this and the more pro looking Presonus Faderport or one of the Icon range. But overall I am glad I chose this, it works great with the scribble strip. I don't seem to get sends on faders but that's probably an Ableton Issue and not totally Behringer - so if that is important then this may not be for you - I understood it did have this functionality hence buying the X18 and this to pair up so if that is more important to you then maybe try something else. It's a shame hardware manufacturers don't also work on the software side to ensure their devices do all they should be able to do rather than rely on the DAW developer, after all, its twice as expensive as my NI KBD and I am in awe of that. THis is great - but could do with a little more love but am guessing they can't make it perfect because they also own & manufacture the Mackie MCU's as well.... lol.

As a cheaper alternative, this is just as good as the Mackie Universal MCU - bar the issue with no sends on faders with Ableton, hence just 4 stars.
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Improves workflow no end
Wibbers, 09.05.2020
Have been using this for the past month of so with Cubase and so far have been delighted with it. Very easy to set up and once the various controls have been sorted out and configured to your liking it really does make a difference to the workflow.

It's not a replacement for keyboard and mouse - there are a lot of things that are simply quicker to do with keystrokes and clicks - but with all three things working together it has made my Cubase sessions more enjoyable and productive. I wish I'd bought one before!
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