I needed a budget desktop mixer (hey, I'm a student) to interconnect many of my audio devices to a single stereo input on the USB audio interface. Ability to quickly connect/disconnect equipment without ruining existing patching was essential aspect. Since all of the post-processing is done on a computer I didn't need a built-in FX processor (as in the similar model Xenyx X1204 USB from the same price category). Like many of you out there I'm always looking out for a good deal on price-vs-features. Behringer has always offered plethora of options and if you are not an audiophile and can accept certain deficit of pro audio equipment shine it will do the job just about as any other pricier brand.
2. Build Quality
Plastic side covers on aluminium body. Plastic knobs and metallic audio connectors. Everything feels solid and it has not yet fallen apart (2+ years later). Mixer feels heavy and sturdy, no complaints here.
4 mono/mic + 2 stereo channel strips with 3-band EQ, pre/post AUX sends and pannning. Mic channels have a built-in one-knob compressor (good for live events), gain trim pot and phantom power supply (48v). As usual Behringer offers plenty of ins and outs. 2-track input/output (RCA), built-in USB connection which works as a 2-track (stereo) audio interface, 2x mono AUX sends, 2x stereo AUX returns, headphone output, one subgroup (alt 3-4, all muted channels are sent to subgroup). Master stereo XLR output, 1/4" jack subgroup output (stereo) and 1/4" stereo control room output.
Like I said in the introduction all I needed was a "central hub" to connect my external gear to stereo USB audio interface. Sound wise it is acceptable (look at the price). Obviously if you avoid maxing out the gain knob and keep your levels loud and clean there is no noticeable distortion and background hissing. I use it with a turntable set, studio microphone, sampler/sequencer and any other occasional gear I come across. There are many scenarios on how to use it and it will fit into most of them really really well. A budget no frills desktop mixer all the way.
Used for home recording of videos, occasional use in small live settings.
Pros: Relatively small and portable Just enough inputs for home purposes Reasonably low noise pre-amps
Cons: Limited flexibility on sub outs Small
Extremely cost effective mixer for small home studio purposes, or small live PA. Key word being small. Enough inputs for a radio type show or PA, probably not for a band setting. Sound quality you can get through is solid, maybe not up to professional standards, but good for home/hobby purposes.
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