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Behringer X AIR XR16 Digital Rackmount Mixer

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16-input digital rackmount mixer for iPad and Android tablets.

The revolutionary XR16 is a powerhouse 16 input portable/rack-mountable mixer for iPad and Android tablets, and is ideally suited for both live and studio applications, thanks to its eight award-winning MIDAS-designed mic preamps, convenient integrated Wi-Fi module for wireless control, plus USB connectivity for file storage, system updates and uncompressed stereo recordings via the USB Stereo Recorder. There are also rack ears and protective bumpers included for added flexibility in your studio and stage applications. 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 XR16 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 XR16 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 XR16 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.

USB Connectivity and Stereo Recording
The front panel USB type-A connector makes the XR16 not only an amazingly powerful digital mixing solution, but also allows recording your live stereo tracks directly to attached USB flash media or hard drives. Dial in the perfect live mix with effects and zero-latency, while sending a dedicated stereo mix to your thumb drive for recording, or play background music in a break.

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 XR16™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 XR12 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 XR16 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 XR16 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 XR16 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.

Uncompromised Channel Processing
The XR16 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 XR16 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 XR16 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 XR16 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: 16
Mic preamps: 8
XLR/TRS combo jacks: 8
XLR only jacks: No
1/4" only jacks: 8
RCA (stereo pair): No
Phantom power: Yes (+48V)
Analog outputs
Main XLR out: 2
Main 1/4" out: No
Aux XLR: 4
Aux 1/4": No
RCA (stereo pair): No
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: 2
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 XR16 today!

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BehringerX AIR XR16 Digital Rackmount Mixer
 
4.1

(based on 11 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (8)
  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Simple controls (5)

Cons

  • Not durable (3)

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Performances (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Makes setup at gigs almost too easy

We use this as the heart/brains of our live PA setup. Coupled with 2 active 15's and 4 active 10's this unit delivers a lot of versatility and GREAT sound. With...Read complete review

We use this as the heart/brains of our live PA setup. Coupled with 2 active 15's and 4 active 10's this unit delivers a lot of versatility and GREAT sound. With no knobs or faders to worry about we can hide it practically anywhere we need to because you dont need a space for a soundguy around it. I hand off the tablet to a buddy who sits inconspicuously somewhere and sets up a good sounding mix for that particular venue, then we save the snapshot and never touch it again. New venue? Repeat! Setup and soundchecks are easy as pie, literally just plug everything in and walk away. Its FX are great and useful, of course some are a bit.....obscure, lol but there regardless. Routing options are extensive. The documentation is rather basic, more or less a quickstart guide. If youre new to digital mixers as i was you may find its capabilities confusing at first, but Behringer has a series of videos on youtube that show you how to get the most out of it, id highly recommend watching those as well. For wireless control youll need a tablet or smartphone running the XAir app (free on google play store) and the XAir program for PC is also excellent, though markedly different from the Android app eg. its GUI is different and requires a bit of relearning if youve gotten used to the phone/tablet version. I cant comment on its use with Apple products as I dont own any. Bottom line, the XAir series is good quality, good sound, powerful features, and in my case, changed EVERYTHING about how approach live sound, and i liked its concept so much i bought its sibling the X18 Desktop Mixer for studio use. Couple this unit with 2 (or more!) active spkrs and your live sound rig just got dropkicked into the 21st century.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Brand New out of box.. Didn't work!

Done a lot of researched and finally decided to give in and purchase this mixer. Worst mistake ever! It didn't even work. I haven't had a lot of good experiences with Musicans Friend....Read complete review

Done a lot of researched and finally decided to give in and purchase this mixer. Worst mistake ever! It didn't even work. I haven't had a lot of good experiences with Musicans Friend. I waited almost 3 months on an amp they were suppose to have in stock and now this mixer. I bought a mic (sm57) to give to someone for Christmas. Im still debating on unwrapping it and sending it back.

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5.0

Wish I had this along time ago

By Unko Budz

from Hauula, Hawaii

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Behringer X AIR XR16 Digital Rackmount Mixer:

      I do live mix with different groups

       
      5.0

      Makes setup at gigs almost too easy

      By Louie T

      from Hudson, NY

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Behringer X AIR XR16 Digital Rackmount Mixer:

        We use this as the heart/brains of our live PA setup. Coupled with 2 active 15's and 4 active 10's this unit delivers a lot of versatility and GREAT sound. With no knobs or faders to worry about we can hide it practically anywhere we need to because you dont need a space for a soundguy around it. I hand off the tablet to a buddy who sits inconspicuously somewhere and sets up a good sounding mix for that particular venue, then we save the snapshot and never touch it again. New venue? Repeat! Setup and soundchecks are easy as pie, literally just plug everything in and walk away. Its FX are great and useful, of course some are a bit.....obscure, lol but there regardless. Routing options are extensive. The documentation is rather basic, more or less a quickstart guide. If youre new to digital mixers as i was you may find its capabilities confusing at first, but Behringer has a series of videos on youtube that show you how to get the most out of it, id highly recommend watching those as well. For wireless control youll need a tablet or smartphone running the XAir app (free on google play store) and the XAir program for PC is also excellent, though markedly different from the Android app eg. its GUI is different and requires a bit of relearning if youve gotten used to the phone/tablet version. I cant comment on its use with Apple products as I dont own any. Bottom line, the XAir series is good quality, good sound, powerful features, and in my case, changed EVERYTHING about how approach live sound, and i liked its concept so much i bought its sibling the X18 Desktop Mixer for studio use. Couple this unit with 2 (or more!) active spkrs and your live sound rig just got dropkicked into the 21st century.

         
        5.0

        Yes I would buy this product Again!!!

        By lemie2v

        from Dania Florida

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Behringer X AIR XR16 Digital Rackmount Mixer:

          Tweak your sound no cables to control!!!!

           
          5.0

          Simply Amazing

          By MarkW

          from West Michigan

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Behringer X AIR XR16 Digital Rackmount Mixer:

            Simply put "Amazing!" We just replaced a 15 + year old Mackie (16 channel mixer). It had many nice features and left big shoes to fill. So far this digital Behringer X Air XR 16 has "Exponentially" blown away our expectations. From the ease of customizing layers to real time signal analysis to saving eq configurations is just the beginning. The ease of navigating through channel menus is logical and quick. All the graphical feedback is so huge especially to us novice operators. In a weeks time we have gained so much more understanding of "SEEING and hearing" of what is happening in real time . We are using the onboard wifi and it works exceedingly well and is easy to connect.
            The price for the capabilities we now have is just ridiculous. Overnight we feel like we went from the Model T to a Ferrari. Just as exceptional is the support of many tutorials on YouTube. For live gigs the X Air series is a must!

            (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Brand New out of box.. Didn't work!

            By Rage against the music

            from Mount Carmel, TN

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Breaks Easily
              • Difficult To Use
              • Poor Quality Sound

              Best Uses

                Comments about Behringer X AIR XR16 Digital Rackmount Mixer:

                Done a lot of researched and finally decided to give in and purchase this mixer. Worst mistake ever! It didn't even work. I haven't had a lot of good experiences with Musicans Friend. I waited almost 3 months on an amp they were suppose to have in stock and now this mixer. I bought a mic (sm57) to give to someone for Christmas. Im still debating on unwrapping it and sending it back.

                 
                5.0

                Mini Powerhouse

                By RBM

                from Rockyface, GA

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                Pros

                • Accurate Controls
                • Compact
                • Excellent Sound
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Behringer X AIR XR16 Digital Rackmount Mixer:

                  Replaced my old Mackie 16 channel analog sub-mixer with this unit. I am now in the process of selling off the rest of my old personal monitor stage gear. That's years of lugging around racks full of compressor's, gates, eq's, effects, etc... It has a bit of a learning curve but if you stay with it you will be very happy. The build quality was better than expected as well.

                  (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Quality control

                  By Franklin

                  from Waterloo

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Breaks Easily

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Behringer X AIR XR16 Digital Rackmount Mixer:

                      I'm not sure. Would not power up so I returned it.

                      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Still new

                      By Jesse's sound

                      from Greenville,nc

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording
                        • Soundtracks

                        Comments about Behringer X AIR XR16 Digital Rackmount Mixer:

                        Still havent gigged with it much. But so far i am excited for my purchase i heard alot of good things about it.
                        I was reccomended by a friens who purchased. I like the capabilities this mixer has.

                         
                        5.0

                        Great iPad Mixer

                        By daryledean

                        from Vancouver BC Canada

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                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Behringer X AIR XR16 Digital Rackmount Mixer:

                          With the help of videos on the net, I was rolling with this in minutes. This is an excellent mixer, and is very affordable!

                           
                          4.0

                          A1

                          By Rob

                          from Cleveland, Ohio

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          See all my reviews

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Excellent Sound

                          Cons

                          • Breaks Easily
                          • Difficult To Use

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Behringer X AIR XR16 Digital Rackmount Mixer:

                          Has many features and effects. Ability to save settings from shows. XR16 has 4 AUX, allowing separate mixes to the entire band.

                          If you are rack mounting - you have to remove the rubber end pieces.

                           
                          5.0

                          I would purchase another one

                          By K dogg

                          from Lexington, nc

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                          Pros

                          • Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Behringer X AIR XR16 Digital Rackmount Mixer:

                              Nice job on product design. Use laptop, tablet, and android phone to control. All work well. It took a little while to figure out some of the functions, but once I did they work great. Sound is good paired with qsc k 12 mains. I looked at multiple before deciding. Glad I got this one.

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