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Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor

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This 4-channel compressor/limiter is a workhorse 4 times over!

The Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 is a great rack unit for live music on the road. A high-pass filter in the sidechain keeps the sound full and bright. Integrated dynamic enhancer, and low-contour filter provide the utmost in signal enrichment. Interactive auto-compressor delivers extremely musical processing. Program-adaptive attack and release times provide precise sound. Also includes link function for channel pairs, separate displays for in/out level and gain, peak limiter, illuminated switches, and servo-balanced XLR and 1/4" I/O. Single rackspace.

FEATURES
  • 4-channel compressor limiter
  • High-pass filter in the sidechain
  • Integrated dynamic enhancer
  • Low-contour filter
  • Interactive auto-compressor
  • Program-adaptive attack and release times
  • Link function for channel pairs
  • Separate displays for in/out level and gain
  • Peak limiter
  • Illuminated switches
  • Servo-balanced XLR and 1/4" I/O
  • Single rackspace

It's a very small investment for a huge improvement in sound. Put it in the cart, you won't be disappointed!

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BehringerMULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor
 
3.8

(based on 23 reviews)

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I bought 2, so I have 8! :D These things are great. The gates & limiters alone are worth the money. The comp is very intuitive. Threshold and ratio are the...Read complete review

I bought 2, so I have 8! :D These things are great. The gates & limiters alone are worth the money. The comp is very intuitive. Threshold and ratio are the only things you really need to control for MANY applications. I am using them for all of my vocals, kick & snare, and the guitar and bass mics. AWESOME!I sent Beringer an email asking how to run this comp through my board using the sub-groups. they responded with a great answer within 8 hours. It's nice to know the support is there if needed. Documentation could be better. They try to use the same manual for 3 comps, and it just doesn't work well. In fact there is no explanation of the dynamic enhancer at all for the 4600. But the product is solid for live and/or studio applications

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Stay away from the MDX4600

It works okay for awhile but not too long after the warrantee expires thigs start going bad. The unit I have lost a channel between practices. It worked fine one night and the next...Read complete review

It works okay for awhile but not too long after the warrantee expires thigs start going bad. The unit I have lost a channel between practices. It worked fine one night and the next night it went completely dead. It's not like you can replace a bad channel module because everything is built on one circuit board. Will I buy another one? NO WAY!

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

tough to beat

By steve field

from piney woods AK

Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

If you need to do some signal squishing get one or two. I have two to compress after an eight channel mic pre.
The multicom is a very handy array of compressors. Even though they aren't full featured, they give you enough dynamic prossessing to cover most applications. I use it mostly for recording but the gates work well for miking drums live.
As with all Beringer gear the controls are a little flimsy and I wouldn't suggest cranking them hard but that said I own quite a few of their products and have never had a problem with moderate care. The great thing is how quiet they are.
Price compressors ( 4 mono or 2 stereo) and it's clear you can't beat the price.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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By Vrotate

from Indianapolis, IN

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Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

I bought 2, so I have 8! :D These things are great. The gates & limiters alone are worth the money. The comp is very intuitive. Threshold and ratio are the only things you really need to control for MANY applications. I am using them for all of my vocals, kick & snare, and the guitar and bass mics. AWESOME!I sent Beringer an email asking how to run this comp through my board using the sub-groups. they responded with a great answer within 8 hours. It's nice to know the support is there if needed. Documentation could be better. They try to use the same manual for 3 comps, and it just doesn't work well. In fact there is no explanation of the dynamic enhancer at all for the 4600. But the product is solid for live and/or studio applications

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not bad at all for the price!

By topjimmy68

from Davenport, IA

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Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

I have to say that despite some bad reviews this is a pretty good unit. Although I dont think I would record with it, it's very good for live PA situations. My band does a lot of three part harmony stuff and it makes our vocals sound full and balanced. Plus the kick drum is is very punchy at tight. We had one of these for about 2 years and it crapped out so we bought another about a year and a half ago and have had no problems with the new one yet. After our first one took a dump we bought a couple of the cheaper dbx ones and they did not sound as good so we sent them back a got one of this again. We play about 30-40 gigs a year so they get their use.Yeah they are cheap but they sound good for live stuff. If you have the extra cash to throw around then go ahead and buy the high dollar stuff but if you dont than this will do you just fine.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No Problems

By Till the Dawn

from Findlay, Ohio

Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

I bought our first Multicom Pro-XL MDX4600 almost 2 years ago to compress live vocals. Several weeks ago we added a second one that we are using on a kick drum, drum overheads, and a keyboard. When we lost a singer, we started using the first one on a guitar cabinet. We have had no problems at all with the units and though I am no sound engineer, they seem to do exactly what I want them to do, to keep the channel strips out of the red, and by playing around with the threshhold and trigger controls, I have a great kick drum sound! I am probably going to add a third one soon for another vocal mic (new singer), bass cab, and acoustic guitar DI.There seems to be alot of Behringer bashers out there, but I have had no problems with any of their products. We use a Behringer 24 channel mixer, 4 channel direct box, and a 10 channel mixer for recording, and have never had a problem with any of them. Wish I could say that for all of our equipment!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Does the job nicely

By pspagnolia

from Worcester, MA

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Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

I needed a limiter to keep drummers and vocalists with bad mic skills from peaking pre's in live situations and the limiters do this nicely. I'm not using the compressors just the hard limiters and the unit is silent in this situation. No noise added to my system and to be quite honest. I'm recording live bands and need as good a signal coming in as I can get and only 3 or 4 of the 16 mic's get limited as the others simply dont need it...however..for the ones that do, this unit works flawlessly. It's been on 13 sessions thus far and all of them on the road and racked so it's not banged around too much. All channels work ok and no probs. A good value for my uses.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Behringer compressor rates tops!

By stormfro

from Australia

Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

Bought one of these units about 10 years ago for my live rack and it has performed without incident under heavy touring commitments since that time. Amplified sound has always been superb and I have used this with much other Behringer rack gear for album productions that have been complimented by internationally renowned mastering engineers and studios. Behringer certainly know how to build great gear at amazing prices - I'm about to grab a B2 studio microphone for my own studio as I have found them elsewhere to be superb units also.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Behringer 4 channel multigate

By Michael Player

from Texas

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Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

The lights would not work on all channels. Channel 2 was bad and you could feel resistance when you turned the knobs. Sent it back. MF was very nice over the phone.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good, Solid and Functional

By Geoff Arnold-AN2B4

from Hillsboro, OR

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Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

In helping a friend build his PA system on a budget, I recommended this unit for the following reasons:First, it has a gate, which you need for drums and to help keep "secondary" sounds out of other mics, like vocal mics. It shuts down the signal below a certain threshold. Once you learn to understand how this works, it is great and is basically very quiet when it shuts down (no "door slamming" thump). We used one unit of two we bought on the toms of a kit and were able to make it work quite well.Second, you'll need compressors. There are four here. These do NOT have an "auto" function, but with a few minutes' practice and a good read of the manual, they work very well. Or you can have a knowledgable friend show you in two minutes how they are supposed to be used -- not overused.You set the threshold (which is 'how loud' before the signal is affected), then the release (how fast it will stop affecting the signal) and the output (to restore some of the "lost" gain back to original volume). Very basic compressor that is pretty quiet and doesn't overly affect the sound, unless you want it to. There is a peak limiter as well. This will help you protect your amps and speakers because you can put a "brick wall" that will keep signals over a certain strength from getting through -- it will "limit" the sound and squash it. Sometimes that is a cool effect in itself. Try it on a guitar with the peak set at around +3dbv.You can "couple" two channels together; channel one and two, for example -- channel one controls will control channel two when the channel two "couple w/ch 1" switch is used. Great for stereo signals as you will apply equal compression on each of the two signals.I've been doing this stuff for over thirty years. Some people slag Behringer as crap. While their gear isn't as quality based as it once was, they still make good gear for the money -- especially the solid state stuff.If you're on a budget, this stuff works the way it is designed and it does so with very little noise and that is what you want. I have no qualms about using this in any system I would be running (and will be running for my friend). Besides, the expensive stuff can be saved for studio work and not trashed on the road (a very hard life for rack gear). And that is why you may wish to consider this less expensive stuff -- if it breaks after a bit, it's cheap to replace and not a big deal if it does break.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Little Workhorse

By JeffTheSoundguy

from Colorado

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Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

I have been using this compressor and its earlier model without the gate (I liked that one better) for over a year now. So far they both do what you need from a compressor. The sound when compressing with the expander is very clear and doesn't sound muffled. With vocal only you can turn off the bass bypass and with DJing you can have it on so the bass doesn't mute the rest of the signal. I loved it so much I bought a third one for my church services and it helps a lot.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Deal

By Megadjc

from Mcminnville, Oregon

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Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

The Behringer Multicom pro-xl mdx4600 is one of the simplest and best compressors I have ever used and it works fine for me.(Note to those who get noisy unusable signals. Make sure the button on the back controlling the input and output level is set correctly otherwise you will get an unusable signal) :). This is simply one of the best products I've used.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rack compresser for empty pockets.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

It's great, the things you can purchase for your arsenal at afordable prices. Anyone can learn how to use compressors and things of the like these days. Get one if you make your own demos, or can't seem to get the vocal level right at practice. Read about compression and don't get intimidated (or confused). It can be VERY useful and really cotrol your sound/mix. I would like a bit more control over the way it processes the signal, but then again for the price I can't really complain. Good deal.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Stay away from the MDX4600

By djfletch

from North Easton, MA

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Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

It works okay for awhile but not too long after the warrantee expires thigs start going bad. The unit I have lost a channel between practices. It worked fine one night and the next night it went completely dead. It's not like you can replace a bad channel module because everything is built on one circuit board. Will I buy another one? NO WAY!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Questionable Reliability

By TAINTED_BASS

from Andover, KS

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Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

I exchanged my first unit after 3 months of use. One of the channels was producing a distorted, unusable signal. Now after 9 months of occasional use with the 2nd unit, I have 2 channels that intermittently produce a distorted, low gain signal and one that completely cuts out with the gate selected either on or off.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Worth Every Penny..but...

By Fingers-Hq5ua

from Central Arkansas

Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

We bought 2 Behringer Multicom PRO-XL units for our project studio, trying to save a little money. They have never been used on the road, but they did not last. 2 channels have died in each unit, so they actually ended up costing us much more. We also have much older dbx and Alesis compressors that HAVE been on the road, and they are still cooking. For good performance at not-a-lot-more expense, I would recommend a pair of Alesis 3630s over one of these. You'll save in the long run!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Conistent Quality problems

By Brian-9szgE

from Austin, TX

Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

I've bought 5 of these units, 3 for my band, 2 to for my church. Within one year, 3 out of the 5 now have at least one channel in which the gate sticks, and when it opens the audio is heavily distorted; unusable. I am assuming it is a design defect, they must have tried to cram too much in the small single rack space. Too bad, Behringer quality is generally good, but I would avoid this unit...or pay an extra $xx for an extended 2-3 replacement warranty and SAVE those receipts!!!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for the Money

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

I needed something that would level out the vocal levels on four wireless mics I use in our youth room. With an order of a four channel insert snake I was able to use my audio board preamps. If you're not using your audio board for the preamp you might want to buy a preamp unit.The sound isn't the quality of a Symetrix 528e, but the Multicom Pro does the BASIC job of leveling out loud pops and screams that might cause an audio guy to pull out his hair.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Does it job

By Dave

from Monroe NY

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  • Clear Sound
  • Professional Functions
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  • Need To Read Manuals

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  • Home Studio

Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

I have had the DMS 4600 compressor for 3 weeks and have use it so far for recordings. I recorded the same song twice, once without using the compressor and once with the compressor. I have a 4 track digital Fostex recorded with built in CD. I recorded with electric guitar bass keyboard and vocal. The compressor did its job making the sounds from the final CD crisper, full and well balanced. Good job Behringer

(1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

More Junk from Behringer

By Opus the Cat

from Atlanta, GA

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Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

I owned this piece of gear and one of the channels is so horribly distorted and noisy that you can't put anything through it, the other three channels are noisy and thin. I've owned several Behringer products due to their low prices when I wanted to build myself an in-home studio. All of their stuff is noisy (from the mixer to the headphone amp) and it's only a short matter of time before something on it breaks. Everything from the cheap knobs and button to the thin and noisy signals you'll get from their products is not worth the low prices unless you couldn't care less how crappy your recordings are and don't mind throwing your money away. Do yourself a favor and spend a little more to get something that works.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Standard for good, affordable Comp.

By Baxters Sound

from Hagerstown, MD

Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

Used this unit multiple times on the road and is a great way to effectively compress/gate 4 channels. Great to through on the drumset and get some control on that ring!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very Pleased

By EL_Pollo_Loco

from Louisiana

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Comments about Behringer MULTICOM PRO-XL MDX4600 Processor:

I have worked with alot of compressor limiters. I must say this is a great deal for the cost. I personally own 4 of them. I have had them for about 2 1/2 years now. I find the limiter isn't that great, but it sure beats burning channels. The compressor sounds clean. In complex situations, it isn't that great. I find it works best to tame vocals and minor instuments. I tried it on a bass and on a kick drum and was not thrilled about the sound it provided. The gate works good as that, I wouldn't try using it as an expander though, or as anything with decent lows. I do think it has little to no tolerance to high signals and/or low frequencies. Overall great if you spend the time to learn it, don't try to get too much from it, and take care of it, just like any sound equipment.

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