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Behringer X AIR X18 Digital Desktop Mixer   

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18-input digital desktop mixer for iPad and Android tablets.

The revolutionary X18 is a powerhouse 18 input/12 bus digital desktop mixer that also serves as the launch pad for your favorite computer tablet “ including iPad and Android tablets. It is ideally suited for both live and studio applications, thanks to its 16 award-winning MIDAS-designed mic preamps, convenient integrated Wi-Fi module for wireless control “ and a lightning-fast, bidirectional USB Audio Interface. The freedom to move around and manipulate all parameters of your mix with the free iOS and PC apps lets you dial in the perfect sound from anywhere in the venue “ or the tracking room.

MIDAS “ The Legend in Sound Quality
Ever since its formation in the 1970s, MIDAS has had a long history of innovation and leadership in the world of audio mixing consoles. Employed by the most famous touring acts and installations worldwide, legendary MIDAS consoles such as the XL4 and Heritage H3000 quickly became industry standards.

MIDAS has earned their impeccable reputation due to their no-compromise approach for audio and build quality and in particular for their Award-winning Mic Preamps which are considered by industry experts as the industry™s best sounding designs. Building on this legacy, the X18 and PRO Series of Live Mixing Systems continue this great heritage of Award-winning audio quality.

Built-In Tri-Mode Wi-Fi Router
Designed for the ultimate in mobility, the X18 comes with an integrated Wi-Fi module for direct control of your mixer™s functions “ without the need to setup and configure an external router. The X18 gives you the freedom to focus on your mix, while allowing you to move about the venue to experience what every part of the audience is hearing. Plus you can adjust live monitor wedges from the artist™s perspective “ or better yet, let them mix their own IEMs and floor monitors via their own tablets.

Recording Simplified
The incredibly fast and comprehensive 18 x 18 channel, bi-directional USB interface makes the X18 an amazingly powerful digital mixing solution for recording directly to your iPad or PC. Dial in the perfect monitoring mix with effects and zero-latency, while sending up to 16 microphone signals “ and the keyboard player™s MIDI notes to your DAW for recording.

Whether you'e making rock history in the studio, or you want to capture intimate live performances “ it™s never been easier to record stunning tracks with exceptional clarity.

Revolutionary Auto-Mixing
When your application calls for a multiple-microphone setup, such as an onstage panel discussion, press conference or courtroom proceeding, etc., it can become a challenge to maintain so many open mics “ and preserve maximum gain and priority for the moderator.

Behringer's X AIR Gain Sharing technology can easily manage fully automated mixes with several live microphones. Based on the legendary Dan Dugan automix system, the X18™s gain sharing paradigm automatically controls the levels of all selected microphones in real time, without any gating artifacts or noise modulation.

This function dramatically reduces the typical feedback, studio noise and comb filtering challenges that can occur when two, or more mics are in close proximity of each another. X AIR Gain Sharing technology provides a consistent system gain structure, even when multiple speakers are talking at the same time.

4 Onboard X32 Effects Engines
Equipped with the very same FX engines as the X32 Digital Mixing Console, the onboard virtual FX Rack provides access to four true-stereo (8 mono), multi-effects processors including delay, chorus, dynamics “ plus the X18 can run production-quality, true-stereo reverbs concurrently with 31-band EQ on the main and aux buses, all without the need for any additional hardware.

You can select any combination of high-end simulations of legendary studio effects, such as the Lexicon 480L and PCM70, as well as the EMT250 and Quantec QRS reverbs. Onboard processing means your computer doesn™t have to do the heavy lifting during a mixing session with DAW plugins as the X18 has a whole studio of FX under its hood.

Custom-designed, and physically modeled after some of the most iconic and sought after processors, all effects run inside the low-latency environment of the X32 mix engine, ensuring flawless performance, flexible routing and the end of cable faults forever.

High-End FX Racks at Your Finger Tips
The X18 incorporates a vast collection of high-end FX racks available at a moment's notice. These effects emulate some of the most popular and sought after audio-processing effects coveted by top mixing engineers around the world. Choose from over 20 effects each fully capable performers in both live and studio environments.

100-Band RTA for all Channel/ Bus EQ™s
The X18 includes a high-resolution 100-band Real Time Analyzer (RTA), with full Bar and Spectrograph views. This high-resolution RTA displays the audio energy distribution in 100 frequency bands over time “ capturing a sonogram window of a full 10 seconds.

Switch between the Large RTA view, displaying any available signal in full screen resolution, or the Combined RTA view shown above each of the channel and bus EQ curves “ and see the results of your filtering choices. Additionally, the RTA can be displayed on top of the 31-band graphic EQs in the Main LR or Aux buses.

16 Channels of Personal Monitoring
Behringer's ULTRANET connectivity allows you to send 16 digital sources over a lightweight and easy-to-deploy Cat 5 cable to P16-D Digital ULTRANET Distributors, or directly to P16-M Personal Monitor Mixers. This powerful and advanced technology makes it easy for individual performers to create their own œmore me mix “ and frees you up to put on your best show. ULTRANET also provides the perfect conduit for sending your mix to the new TURBOSOUND iQ Series loudspeakers, which can tap into the 16-channel digital bus directly.

Uncompromised Channel Processing
The X18 allows you to achieve the same incredible level of EQ finesse as the award-winning X32 thanks to its 100-band Real Time Analyzer, which is built into every input channel and bus EQ. Visual feedback built into the control app allows you to see and make fast, surgical adjustments to frequencies in need of a boost or a cut.

Every input channel also features Low-Cut, 4-band fully parametric EQ and the same Gate and Compressor dynamics suite found in the X32 “ with one very special addition; you can choose either Expert or Simple functionality. In Expert mode, you can drill down and get your hands on every nuance of your dynamics. Or, if you'e more of the plug-and-play type, Simple mode lets you either select from one of 4 carefully optimized presets “ or load your own channel templates. Add to this 40-Bit, floating-point DSP and you'll experience virtually "unlimited" dynamic range with no internal overload and near-zero overall latency.

In addition to the Main L/R bus for Front of House, 6 Aux buses are provided for dialing in the perfect monitor mixes, or creating a dedicated mix for your USB stereo recording “ complete with inserts, dynamics, and either a 6-band parametric EQ or 31-band graphic EQ. And if all these outstanding EQ options put a smile on your face, you™ll love it even more when we tell you that 100-band RTAs are available for these, too!

MIDI In/Out for Live Performance Controllers
The physical MIDI I/O port on the X18 mixer can also be used for connecting external MIDI controllers, such as our X-TOUCH or B-CONTROL products, for dynamically controlling channel level, muting and panorama adjustments during your performance. And since the full-featured X18 also supports the Mackie Control protocol, you easily apply comprehensive remote editing and parameter adjustments via any compatible MIDI devices.

X AIR EDIT (PC/Mac/Linux)
If your application requires a computer for BEHRINGER X AIR mixer remote control, the X AIR EDIT was made just for you. Simply copy and launch the free software with your computer, connect to the mixer via its built-in Ethernet (LAN) connector using a Cat 5 cable (max. 100 m length) “ and all X AIR mixer functions are instantly mirrored on your computer screen. Since your PC screen is larger than the one on your telephone, X AIR EDIT allows you to open and scale more app windows, such as for routing or FX editing “ letting you decide how much information you need at a glance. All touch screens are supported, or you can use a mouse to adjust your physical mixer™s settings. You can even control multiple mixers remotely from a single computer, or create several strategically placed computer stations to control the same mixer. With X AIR EDIT, your PC, Linux or Mac computer becomes your virtual mixer “ both live and in the studio!

X AIR for iPad
Front of House is wherever you and your iPad are “ thanks to the new X AIR app for iPad. Simply download the free app to your iPad, set the BEHRINGER X AIR mixer to Access Point mode and connect your iPad to the X18 network that will show up. After launching the X AIR app, select the mixer image, and all of your X AIR mixer™s settings can now be adjusted directly from your iPad. You can save your favorite scenes, and load previously stored scenes and presets to/from your iPad or customize your channel layout “ all with the support of innovative drag ™n™ drop functionality.

Download the free X AIR App for iPad from the Apple App Store.

X AIR for Android
Designed specifically for all Android mobile devices (2.2 or higher), which includes tablets and smartphones, the app can be used in one of two modes: full access mixing mode; or bound to a specific aux bus for creating personal monitor mixes remotely on BEHRINGER X AIR mixers. Using this free and easy to learn app, each performer can use their Android device to dial-in the perfect personal IEM or wedge monitor mix, without having to consult the audio engineer for assistance. With the X AIR MIX App for Android, personal monitor mixing just got a whole lot more personal “ both live and in the studio! But it doesn™t stop there “ in full access mixing mode, the app provides control over all channel processing including the RTA overlay, effects editing, storing/loading scenes or presets, and much more “ whether you'e running a 12" tablet or a 5" smartphone.

FEATURES
  • Format
  • Analog/digital: Digital
  • Analog inputs
  • Total: 18
  • Mic preamps: 16
  • XLR/TRS combo jacks: 16
  • XLR only jacks: No
  • 1/4" only jacks: No
  • RCA (stereo pair): 1
  • Phantom power: Yes (+48V)
  • Analog outputs
  • Main XLR out: 2
  • Main 1/4" out: No
  • Aux XLR: No
  • Aux 1/4": 6
  • RCA (stereo pair): 1
  • Headphone: 1
  • Onboard effects
  • Compression: Yes
  • Reverb: Yes
  • Delay: Yes
  • Chorus/flange: Yes
  • Equalization
  • Type: Virtual
  • Bands per channel: 4
  • Treble: Yes
  • High midrange: Yes
  • Sweep high midrange: Yes
  • Midrange: Yes
  • Sweep midrange: Yes
  • Low midrange: Yes
  • Sweep Low midrange: Yes
  • Low: Yes
  • Q: Yes
  • Low cut: Yes
  • Master graphic: 31-band
  • Inserts/buses
  • Inserts (channel): Not applicable
  • Inserts (master): Not applicable
  • Buses: 12
  • Sub groups: 2
  • Connectivity
  • USB: Yes
  • FireWire: No
  • WiFi: Yes
  • ADAT: No
  • Thunderbolt: No
  • S/PDIF No
  • MIDI: Yes
  • Other
  • Width: Info not available
  • Height: Info not available
  • Depth: Info not available
  • Weight: Info not available
  • Automation: Yes
  • Fader type: Virtual
  • Motorized faders: No
  • Bundled software: No

Full mix control from anywhere in the room, order the X18 today!

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BehringerX AIR X18 Digital Desktop Mixer
 
3.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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2.0

Oh Well

By Widespreadtrumpet

from Canton, Ga

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Pros

  • Compact

Cons

  • Not Reliable
  • Poor Quality Sound

Best Uses

    Comments about Behringer X AIR X18 Digital Desktop Mixer:

    Couple of topics to mention here - first, the product. I was excited to find a digital mixer with enough channels to more than address our needs and at an affordable price. And, seeing a level 1 available, I jumped on it since I've had great success with Musicians Friend's level 1 rated merchandise in the past. Hooked the mixer up to learn it at the house before hitting the road and was pleased with it's features, sound and flexibility. That wasn't the case on it's maiden use during it's first show. Worked as designed during the first set; however, midway through the break, we heard an ear piercing shrill from the house PA. I pulled down all the faders and eventually had to shut down the mixer to get rid of the noise. Without a lot of time, we quickly replaced the X18 with our old mixer (brought it just in case) and was able to finish the night without any more interruptions. The next day, I fiddled with the X18 and it continued to make noise through the outputs and the headphones, so I called Musicians Friend from the road and they graciously apologized for the trouble and said to return the X18 and they would send me a new replacement. Here's the second topic - after 2 weeks, the replacement arrived and it wasn't new, rather it was labeled as another level 1. That wasn't unreasonable, but the product box was badly crushed (not the shipping box, it was fine) and their were multiple cuts on the box where previous shipping labels had been removed. Not ready to take another questionable piece of equipment on the road, I contacted Musicians Friend and they allowed me to return the replacement less their original shipping and with me covering the shipping back to them. So, at the end of the day, I'm out shipping costs with no X18. It is possible that the replacement may have worked okay, but didn't want to risk another event like before. Our clients pay us to provide exceptional entertainment and we have to rely on our equipment to be stable.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I'd buy again in a heartbeat

    By Chris

    from Hannibal, MO

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    Pros

    • Accurate Controls
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Behringer X AIR X18 Digital Desktop Mixer:

      I have been running sound for quite a few years, and have watched other pro sound guys for even longer. I'm no guru when it comes to running sound, but I do know my stuff. I've been very skeptical on going digital. I love my analog stuff. Let me tell you, this thing is a breeze to use. The sound you get from this is fantastic. I always ran sound from stage, so to EQ or mix, I'd have to constantly walk on and off stage just to get an ok sound. I can sit out in the audience and EQ. The effects on here are spot on. I do a lot of recording too, and the effects are almost exactly the same as the plug ins you'd use in a recording software. I just wish they had some presets.

      The complaints I've seen about the device dropping connection are probably true. I just skipped that, and got a 5.0 ghz router and haven't lost connection yet. If you run this thing right, it will work for you. I promise you that.

      (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Completely ineffective network card

      By Jesse

      from Wichita, KS

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Compact

      Cons

      • Limited Functions
      • Unreliable Network

      Best Uses

        Comments about Behringer X AIR X18 Digital Desktop Mixer:

        Bought this mixer to be a lightweight, ultra portable option for smaller venues and was disappointed to find all network functions on my product completely unusable. I believe my product was defective and have since returned it - I am wary of buying another one. I accessed the application only twice while linked to the mixer and it seemed decent enough, but could not reliably connect at any time. Dissapointing to be sure - might just have to save up for the PreSonus RM32.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Amazing!!!

        By Phil (Worship Pastor) Reed

        from Cincinnati, Ohio

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Compact
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • No built in interface
        • No Iphone support

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Behringer X AIR X18 Digital Desktop Mixer:

        We are using this board as our main audio board in our church. Because it is an all digital board that uses a pc, android, or IOS device for control we are able to save our sound settings as presets and then reload them if anyone changes anything. No more worries about who has been using the sound equipment all week and what did they change, lol. I am also blown away that this has the capability of sending all 18 channels individually over USB to a pc or Ipad for multitrack recording. Getting that functinality at this pricae range is a steal and I can understand why no one can keep these in stock. We have only been using the board a few weeks but so far, I can't recommend it enough!

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