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100 effects presets for quality studio use or FOH.

The Behringer XENYX 1202FX mixing console incorporates a studio-grade 24-bit FX processor with 100 awesome effect presets. The 1202FX also has 12 inputs and an FX send control for each channel. Additionally, assignable CD/tape inputs have been incorporated for routing flexibility. Behringer's innovative and affordable XENYX mixers provide the home recordist and club musician with pristine sound quality and cutting-edge features for very little outlay. The XENYX mic preamp approaches the sound quality, transparency, headroom, and even the dynamic range of boutique-style, standalone mic preamps. Behringer's neo-classic "British EQ" brings back the warmth and musicality of those '60s and '70s mega-console desks that made music history.

FEATURES
  • Premium ultra low-noise, high headroom analog mixer
  • 4 state-of-the-art XENYX Mic Preamps comparable to standalone boutique preamps
  • Neo-classic "British" 3-band EQs for warm and musical sound
  • Studio-grade 24-bit stereo FX processor with 100 awesome presets including reverb, chorus, flanger, delay, pitch shifter and various multi-effects
  • FX send control per channel for internal FX processor and/or as external send
  • Main mix outputs plus separate control room, phones and stereo CD/tape outputs
  • CD/tape inputs assignable to main mix or control room/phones outputs
  • Long-wearing 60-mm logarithmic-taper fader and sealed rotary controls
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life

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BehringerXENYX 1202FX Mixer
 
4.6

(based on 76 reviews)

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    (56)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (33)
  • Compact (31)
  • Excellent sound (27)
  • Simple controls (27)
  • Versatile (25)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (21)
  • Amateur recording (16)
  • Outdoor events / games (15)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Music videos (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Professional musician (15), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Know what you need and get one.

This is a good deal. I use it for my acoustic trio. Upright electric bass and bass guitar through a Behringer bass EQ pedal or clean, two separate acoustic guitars ready (for when...Read complete review

This is a good deal. I use it for my acoustic trio. Upright electric bass and bass guitar through a Behringer bass EQ pedal or clean, two separate acoustic guitars ready (for when the percussionist plays rhythm), two hand percussion kit overheads, three vocals. Still left over inputs for the occasional bass drum and other stuff if needed. Has an input for MP3 during the break. Easy to run monitors as long as everyone is satisfied with the same mix. Sounds really good. Reverbs are typical for built in effects. Just good enough. I wouldn't record them, just wet the signal enough to keep it from being bone dry. Past that, they sound pretty cheesy like all the other boards. Another weakness I haven't seen others mention is that the power adapter attaches with tiny pins instead of the sturdy 'computer' style input most boards have. These are easy to break and the adapter is not marked well. I used white paint to mark the arrow on the top side so I would accidentally jam the pins in the wrong way. It doesn't seat well either once it is attached. That being said, I use it with powered speakers. That way, you could go as big as you wanted with this little board and get huge speakers and still have a simple set up that thrashes. Right now, I use two 15"s and don't have any trouble with medium size clubs. We have some big "two man" Mackies to drag out for the bigger gigs. I have had 0 problems in 3 years. Easy set up, which saves time, frustration and makes money. As cheap as they are, I've thought of buying a backup for the road, but never have needed it. We carried a much bigger 16 channel Mackie and all the outboard nonsense. It broke down and we couldn't get parts or service, even through MF. The difference in sound live isn't noticeable in the average venue to 99% of the audience. Spend $2500 on an Allen Heath and get that last 1%. If you're good players, nobody cares.

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Some features failed after long use.

Ok, to the point . . . had this for about 2 years, very light duty (home stuff), sounds good, effects good, but after about 8 months one of the volume...Read complete review

Ok, to the point . . . had this for about 2 years, very light duty (home stuff), sounds good, effects good, but after about 8 months one of the volume knobs developed a bad connection, and others began sounding 'scratchy' when adjusted. The pots (internal adjustable capacitors) are sealed, and cant be cleaned. Headphone out also lost it's left side output.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Know what you need and get one.

By Martin Vaudeville

from Raleigh, NC

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Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Clean sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Inexpensive And Has Fx

Cons

  • No Lo Impedence Outs
  • No Switch
  • Stupid Light

Best Uses

  • Performances
  • Soloduosmall Band Mixer

Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

This is a good deal. I use it for my acoustic trio. Upright electric bass and bass guitar through a Behringer bass EQ pedal or clean, two separate acoustic guitars ready (for when the percussionist plays rhythm), two hand percussion kit overheads, three vocals. Still left over inputs for the occasional bass drum and other stuff if needed. Has an input for MP3 during the break. Easy to run monitors as long as everyone is satisfied with the same mix. Sounds really good. Reverbs are typical for built in effects. Just good enough. I wouldn't record them, just wet the signal enough to keep it from being bone dry. Past that, they sound pretty cheesy like all the other boards. Another weakness I haven't seen others mention is that the power adapter attaches with tiny pins instead of the sturdy 'computer' style input most boards have. These are easy to break and the adapter is not marked well. I used white paint to mark the arrow on the top side so I would accidentally jam the pins in the wrong way. It doesn't seat well either once it is attached. That being said, I use it with powered speakers. That way, you could go as big as you wanted with this little board and get huge speakers and still have a simple set up that thrashes. Right now, I use two 15"s and don't have any trouble with medium size clubs. We have some big "two man" Mackies to drag out for the bigger gigs. I have had 0 problems in 3 years. Easy set up, which saves time, frustration and makes money. As cheap as they are, I've thought of buying a backup for the road, but never have needed it. We carried a much bigger 16 channel Mackie and all the outboard nonsense. It broke down and we couldn't get parts or service, even through MF. The difference in sound live isn't noticeable in the average venue to 99% of the audience. Spend $2500 on an Allen Heath and get that last 1%. If you're good players, nobody cares.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Takes up so little space...

By Gatze Drayer

from Canada/USA

Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

The most bang for the buck!
Congratulations, Musician's Friend, for delivering this mixer to the far north of Canada in only six days! Bought one recently for a song so I could have the convenience of a small desk-mixer with effects. It's less than half the size of normal for the features. Does the job cleanly and is well-built, nicely laid out and completely acceptable to my highly critical ear.
The only small price concession on this board is that the main output is unbalanced rather than balanced. It's great for very high-quality public performance, but I will continue to use my other Behringer mixer with balanced outputs for high-resolution recording. Everything else is top-notch, and I doubt you'd notice the difference. I'm very pleased with this purchase.
Behringer is always a high-quality option for the money spent. If the purists wish to mock us poor, starving musicians for buying Behringer equipment, they're welcome to spend three to five times as much for very little gain in terms of performance. For us mere mortals, you can't possibly do better than Behringer.

Thanks to Musician's Friend for allowing us to post our opinions on the products they sell. I feel bad for them at times because so many negative opinions are posted here by folks who simply don't have the foggiest idea how to operate their new purchases correctly. There is nothing wrong with any Behringer products I own, and they do their job well. I urge you take the time to learn how to use your equipment before destroying it fresh-out-of-the-box and then venting on this site.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great personal mixer!

By Bodhi

from Raleigh, NC

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Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

For the price, this is a fantastic little device. Just keep your expectations managed.

What it isn't: a live mixer for a five-piece band; a recording mixer for pristine demos

What it is: a great personal mixer. I keep it on my nightstand with a drum machine and multi effects guitar pedal and a small keyboard and my iPod plugged in. If I get an idea or just feel like a little Practice without going down to my basement studio and turning everything on, it's just great. I think this would also make a fine submitter for a keyboardist. I throw it in my gig bag to take to practices and jams with buddies. Plenty of inputs for a personal mixer. And phantom power and a decent effects processor. Jeez, for the price of one good quad XLR cable...

The pre's you ask? Well there's no satisfying the purists who think anything short of a thousand dollar per channel boutique preamp is worth using. And there's no talking about it to the Behringer bashers, but the truth is they are satisfactory for practice and small solo/duet type gigs. I'm sometimes asked to run a simple PA for a charity event where they just need one or two mics and an iPod playing background music, and this is very good for that. Small and light enough to put in a briefcase with cables and adapters. I just bring along some 12" powered speakers and stands, and a few mics, and instant small PA setup. Yeah it is light and plasticky - but come on - the price is incredibly light too.

A couple of things I wish it had, but I understand they had to cut some corners for the price:

No on/off switch - you have to unplug it. No solo or PFL, but you can at least monitor the tape in so you can cue up music while someone is talking. You can't mute the mix from the phones. And rubberized feet so it doesn't slide around on a table. Little things. All in all, this is one of the best values, as long as you know what it will and won't do for you.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Some features failed after long use.

By GMG MGM

from WV USA

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Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Breaks Easily

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

Ok, to the point . . . had this for about 2 years, very light duty (home stuff), sounds good, effects good, but after about 8 months one of the volume knobs developed a bad connection, and others began sounding 'scratchy' when adjusted. The pots (internal adjustable capacitors) are sealed, and cant be cleaned. Headphone out also lost it's left side output.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great little mixer for recording

By Ken

from VA, USA

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Pros

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

Cons

  • No Big Ones That I See

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Performances

Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

I have this mixer and also the 1002 model from Behringer. This one is more versatile since it has more mic inputs and the onboard effects. I don't anticipate using any effects other than the reverb for what I want to do.

The EQ works well, I was able to use it and a matching transformer to get my acoustic/electric sounding good in the board.

You get 2 sets of outputs, plus a record out, plus headphones, so you could use this for recording yourself, recording a band, or running live sound with front of the house speakers and monitors.

There is a slight limitation in that you can only do one monitor mix ... it will just be what you are sending to the FOH. Same thing for the headphone jack, but for a lot of purposes, such as solo or small group, this should be fine.

I think the FX can be assigned or not assigned to the Control room set of outputs, so that might be useful if you want to put a lot of reverb on the singer's voice as he sings, but not put that on your recording. ( John Lennon liked lots of reverb on his voice, and I like having it on there too in my headphones as I track. )

You also have FX send , which you have to return to another channel, so if you have a great effect unit you want to use on one channel, you can patch that in. I like to use the onboard reverb, with just a small amount on the guitar, and a little bit more on the voice to sweeten the sound without being too obvious on the recording.

I am using it for home recordings of practice sessions and songwriting. I plan on using this or the 1002 for live sound - vocals and acoustic guitar, banjo and mando - with my powered speakers and perhaps a sub.

It also has phantom power if you need that for your mic. Mine are all dynamics, so can't really say much on that besides the fact that it is there on your mic inputs.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

loaded with features

By John

from San Antonio

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Pros

  • Clean sound
  • Easy To Use
  • For The Price Great
  • Lots of features
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Wimpy Headphone Volume

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Music Videos
  • Performances
  • Soundtracks

Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

I use this board for home recording, along with another board for 4 input into my computer. It is compact thereby both boards (one is basically the same as the Behringer, just a different mfg.) fit nicely on my computer desk. It is straightforward and simple to use (never looked at the operating instructions). I'm amazed at how far electronics has come. Back in the days a board of this quality and as many features would have cost a fortune. I haven't had a single problem with it.
It works great with condenser, phantom power a big plus, or dynamic mics. Plenty of gain for about any mic. Nice mic preamps. Caution: If your "clip" light goes on, there's not a lot of leeway or forgiveness when you over-modulate. They do work! Overall, this is a great little board that does a lot for very little money, I've paid more for a stomp box! I use it for recording, but can see it in a small club venue, jam session, practice, stage monitor mixer, DJ set-up or whatever. Like I said before, it is versatile. The only complaint I have is the headphone volume is wussy. But this seems to be the case with all the boards of this design, Mackie, Soundcraft, Yamaha etc. But no big deal, I'm sure you can find an alternative solution.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

1202FX

By tony f

from lo

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Performances

    Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

    An affordable yet quality mixer.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Another excellent product from Behringer

    By MACMUSICTHERAPY

    from Westminster, CA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Music Videos
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • Soundtracks

      Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

      I bought the XENYX 1202FX mixer to use with the Behringer powered speaker Eurolive B210D for a quartet in a small rehearsal studio. This mixer provides FX effects, EQ, Phantom power, etc. (check out the specs). This is a high quality product at a great price. I own a lot of behringer equipment purchased over several years which I use in my studio. Knock on wood, I've yet to have any equipment failures.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this little mixer board !

      By Rodney Lyman

      from Texas

      Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

      Use the Control Room "Out" to feed your monitors.

      You might want to get a cheap laptop case to carry it in.
      EQ is perfect.
      FX are very usefull. Lots of choices to accomodate the acoustic environments in different venues.
      Great for recording demos to.

      Doesn't have an on/off switch. I would have given it a "Ten"
      Holding up well gigging small venues.
      For a hundred bucks, you can't beat it !
      Another MF winner!

      (2 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Junk

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

      Behringer used to make good stuff in the old days when they were new to the industry. The XENYX pre-amps are garbage. after about a week of use, you have to wake them up by turning the gain up all the way with a mic. on for 15 mins. then adjust for mix and it might make it thru 3-45min. sets (maybe). Noise, FX cut in and out at random. Sorry product. Avoid!

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Simple. Small. Cheap

      By Austin-eXT9u

      from Maryland

      Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

      If you're looking for a small, 6/8 input console to simplify small technical/event setups this is your console. Prior to this console my students used a Mackie 1604 for our small setups but we frequently found ourselves setting up a 16 channel console for a wireless microphone and an IPOD. Never used in a recording setting only live sound but it has worked surprisingly well for us. Only complaint is that we started experiencing some distortion/peaking of the console due to a loose AC power cable. Nothing a quick phone call to customer support couldn't resolve. They replaced the entire unit in about (3) weeks with no questions asked. Couldn't ask for better customer service on a console. Make sure you purchase adapters for your outputs if you need XLR out for L/R.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great value...minor annoyances

      By Billy K.

      from Seattle, WA

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      Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

      You get a lot for your money in this mixer. The combination of preamps, effects and portability make it a great value.Yes, like some of the other reviewers mentioned, the lack of an actual on/off switch is an issue. But there is one other thing that nobody else mentioned...effects. One thing that is annoying, is the fact you don't know WHERE your effects are. The larger Behringer mixers do have a list of where the effects are. I can see not having it on the mixer itself, due to space limitations...but at least have a list in the manual--couldn't find one...you just have to try things out for yourself and find them.I hate to keep fumbling around trying to find where "Echo+Chorus" or "Hall" is. An index would be extremely helpful.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good value.

      By Mayo

      from TN

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      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events

        Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

        I use the mixer personally for my vocal, an acoustic guitar, and an amp Mike.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        XENYX 1202FX Mixer

        By 5string

        from Clinton OK

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        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Effects Sound Good
        • Excellent Sound
        • Is Very Quiet
        • Small Size
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

          This is a handy little mixer with a lot of bang for the buck. I will be using it to plug multiple instruments into one amplifier. The effects sound nice!

          (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Bad Product! Bad service!

          By Rosehebrew

          from Paradise, CA

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          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Compact
          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

          I used this unit one time and when I set it up I noticed that the pins on the power cord connection were VERY thin. I did not dare unplug it but the second time I used it the plug had been removed and when I tried, very carefully to attach the cord to the unit one of the pins broke off. Even after purchasing the extended warranty they made me purchase a new power cord. I need it right away so I went ahead and did that but if I had time I would send it back and not deal with Musicians Friend again. I have purchased a lot of equipment and instruments from them and have not had a problem until now but this is not acceptable. The power cord came with the unit so should have been considered part of the unit for the warranty so they have lost a good customer over this. I have a lot more equipment to buy and will go elsewhere.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Price, Great Christmas Present

          By Jean

          from Brooklyn, N.Y.

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          Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

          Bought this as a Christmas Present for my daughter. She loves it. She did however have some problems with the electric adapter that comes loose and causes some static.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Just what I needed!

          By Ray

          from New Jersey

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Compact
          • Decent Eq
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Effects
          • Nice Price

          Cons

          • No power button
          • No Rubber Pads On Bottom

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • With Powered Monitors

          Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

          I wanted a good sounding mixer with effects to use with my powered monitors for small venues (less than 200). I don't like to carry a lot of equipment, but I'm pretty picky about the vocal sound. This little mixer does the job. I was able to get a good vocal sound with the on board EQ and effects. It's small and compact, but has enough inputs and features to get the job done for solo and small group gigs. Now I can show up at a gig and wheel in my two 15" powered monitors, the mixer, my guitar, and bag of cables all on one hand truck! Nice and easy!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Compact mixer for home or small studio

          By gogatan

          from Portland, OR Portland OR

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None so far

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events

          Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

          It was fun recording my voice on karaoke tracks with various built in digital functions. I plan to use it for small gatherings where I can input several mics, instruments, and laptop, and record the output too.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Briefcase PA... I Love this mixer

          By The Singer

          from So Cal

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          Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

          I use this mixer for local gigs, mixing several acoustic guitars & 2 mics into the mixer, stereo out to my main speakers - I also use the control room output to send the same mix into my monitors, reverb included - The 3 band EQ is just right, NO extra noise or hiss, just a great-sounding little mixer that fits into my briefcase, along with cables, pedals & tuner, microphones & mp3 player for break-music. I've had years of experience with Behringer mixers, with ZERO problems - If you know how to set your gain-stages, you'll get great results with these mixers - Hint... make a small red "dot" on the top of the AC connector, so you don't insert the cable into the mixer at the wrong angle & break the little pins... Otherwise, it's perfect.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great so far, but some simple features missing

          By ...-zDkde

          from Brick, NJ

          Comments about Behringer XENYX 1202FX Mixer:

          This mixer is a recent purchase. I'm using it for some simple home recording. Two missing features that jump out at me right away are the lack of a power switch, and the lack of a mute button for each track. Sure, it's easy to turn down the trim or the level, but only if you remember where you had the knob in the first place :-) Also, it would seem trivial to add an on/off switch in the back of the unit somewhere. I decided to just keep it powered up because I don't feel like unplugging it.Overall I'm very happy with the purchase.

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