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Behringer XENYX 2442FX Mixer  

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    Top of the XENYX line--a stage and studio powerhouse made incredibly affordable.

    The Behringer XENYX 2442FX Mixer has 24 inputs and 4 aux sends for each channel. Additionally, 4 subgroups with separate outputs have been incorporated for routing flexibility. Behringer's innovative 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 mixing desks that made music history. The XENYX FX mixing consoles incorporates a studio-grade 24-bit FX processor with 100 real-world and awesome effect presets. The XENYX 2442FX mixing console comes with a USB audio interface for direct plug & play connectivity to your Windows or Mac computer.

    Features

    • Premium ultra low-noise, high headroom analog audio mixer
    • 10 state-of-the-art XENYX Mic Preamps comparable to standalone boutique preamps
    • Neo-classic "British" 3-band EQs with semi-parametric mid band 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
    • USB/Audio Interface included to connect directly to your computer. Free audio recording and editing software downloadable at www.behringer.com
    • Channel inserts and direct outputs on each mono channel plus main mix inserts for flexible connection of outboard equipment
    • 4 aux sends per channel: 2 pre/post fader switchable for monitoring/FX applications, 2 post fader (for internal FX or as external send)
    • Peak LEDs, mute, main mix and subgroup routing switches, solo and PFL functions on all channels
    • 4 subgroups with separate outputs for added routing flexibility; 4 multi-functional stereo aux returns with flexible routing
    • Balanced main mix outputs with " jack and gold-plated XLR connectors, separate control room, headphones and stereo tape outputs
    • Control room/phones outputs with multi-input source matrix; Tape inputs assignable to main mix or control room/phones outputs
    • Long-wearing 60 mm logarithmic-taper faders and sealed rotary controls
    • Internal autorange power supply for maximum flexibility (100 - 240 V~), noise-free audio, superior transient response plus low power consumption for energy saving
    • Rack mount brackets included for ultimate flexibility
    • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life

    Now you don't need a big budget for sound excellence. Order today!

     
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    4.4

    (based on 31 reviews)

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    Great, feature-packed board for the money

    I have a very busy 7-piece cover band and we love our Behringer XENYX 2442FX. For large shows, we route everything (guitars, bass, drums - via its own mixer, piano,...Read complete review

    I have a very busy 7-piece cover band and we love our Behringer XENYX 2442FX. For large shows, we route everything (guitars, bass, drums - via its own mixer, piano, horns, vocals) through this board and it handles it all cleanly. Yes, it gets loud. This is the perfect rig for a band on a budget. We run the xlr main outs to powered Behringer 212A's (killer speakers that still sound great from 200 feet away for outdoor festivals). Use the xlrs - your signal will be cleaner/crisper. We route two aux outs to the monitors. Life could not be simpler. We've never come close to running out of channels. I've even mic'd a 17-piece big band with this board. EQ is great. Pre's are amazing (for the money, this is not a boutique board). I barely use the FX ? only a little reverb on the vocals. We always get complimented for our PA's sound. I guess if you?re used to $$$ studio boards, the faders will feel cheap, but remember this board is 1/10 the price of a studio mixer. If you're a working band and are looking for something you can set and forget, get this board. The 8 direct outs are an added bonus for you recording freaks. My only tiny complaint is there's no (or I can't find it) "break" button that mutes the channels so you can play break music through the CD input without messing with your settings.

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    Ugh...

    Pros:It does route analog signals. It is feature-ful, the sliders are smooth, one of the headphone ports worked and it has direct outs. Cons:The preamps are noisy, especially when you...Read complete review

    Pros:It does route analog signals. It is feature-ful, the sliders are smooth, one of the headphone ports worked and it has direct outs. Cons:The preamps are noisy, especially when you turn on the useless phantom power. The digital effects are about what you'd expect from a grab-bag of presets. The construction is fragile (one hard tap against the ground and the crappy phantom power stopped working). The BNC jack did not supply power because Behringer's ridiculously weak fuse holder broke in shipment - if I at all wanted to use it, I would have spent the shipping to send it back to them. The workmanship on the inside is laughable at best.The bottom line: It will route analog signals. It gives you lots of options there, and they more-or-less work, depending on how much hiss you can tolerate. It served me for 2 years before buying the farm on a small drop. Really, I'm glad to be done with it. I'm never buying Behringer again.In short:I would sooner eat my own head than ever spend money on one of these again.

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    1.0

    Poor quality mixer

    By JJ-eWhXm

    from Undisclosed

    Do not buy. Spend a hundred more and get a mackie or yamaha.
    It worked fine for about 2-3 years. Then one channel stopped working (terrible static). After that - the most annoying thing was that - the 'sends' LED would randomly glow followed by the 'main solo' or 'pfl' LED. Once the set of LEDs start glowing (pulsing) there is always static through the main output and through the headphone output. Sometimes the headphones cut off.
    I sent it to the local authorized repair shop and they could only repair the bad channel - but not the "send" LED pulse.
    Maybe for live performance - static noise for a garage band or in a noisy pub can be tolerated.

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    2.0

    Ugh...

    By Alfred Beagles

    from Colorado

    Pros:It does route analog signals. It is feature-ful, the sliders are smooth, one of the headphone ports worked and it has direct outs. Cons:The preamps are noisy, especially when you turn on the useless phantom power. The digital effects are about what you'd expect from a grab-bag of presets. The construction is fragile (one hard tap against the ground and the crappy phantom power stopped working). The BNC jack did not supply power because Behringer's ridiculously weak fuse holder broke in shipment - if I at all wanted to use it, I would have spent the shipping to send it back to them. The workmanship on the inside is laughable at best.The bottom line: It will route analog signals. It gives you lots of options there, and they more-or-less work, depending on how much hiss you can tolerate. It served me for 2 years before buying the farm on a small drop. Really, I'm glad to be done with it. I'm never buying Behringer again.In short:I would sooner eat my own head than ever spend money on one of these again.

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    5.0

    Very Pleased

    By Woodmedic

    from Jensen Beach, FL

    This was my first board. I bought to use it to mic a drum set, then run the outputs to a main board. Worked fine. Since moving away from that band and helping my 12 year old put his band together, and learning about setting up sound and how to use the board. I picked a good one. The options for inputs and routing of signals is really impressive. The sub groups make life behind the board so easy. I would have liked a true 24 XLR input board set up like this. I just looked at the Behringer site and they have it!!! Looks like I'm going to be getting that board soon. Not sure if I'll sell this one yet, but extremely happy with this board. I don't use the onboard effects but they are fine. I would recommend this to anyone.

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    5.0

    Such a good deal

    By sumthan41

    from Massachusetts

    First off, for the money your never going to find a mixer that has the features and ability that this one does. The knobs do feel a little cheap but there not going to break unless you make it your mission to do so. Great for mixing down through the direct outs and into an interface. The program that comes with the mixer is complete junk and the RCA input and output interface is OK for live use only. If your going to try to multi-track with it, then your going to have latency issues. Get a nice firewire interface. Other than that it's a great all around mixer for smaller applications

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    1.0

    I aint no fortunate one

    By Big T-EUrxa

    from C-Town

    This is the 1st mixer I have ever purchased and let me tell you...it went out in less than 2 months! Like a form of cancer, the problem started on the mic input on channel 4. I would get no or a very weak signal even with the gain and master volumes turned up. At first I thought it was my cable or mic, but switching them to another channel made it work just fine. The same has happened on stage when leaving it on after 15 minutes of not using the darn thing, the signals would not go through. Not a power issue as I have more than enough condensers and amps that power up the board, speakers, bass and guitar amp.Anyway long story short, the problem spread like a wild fire and now channels 1-4 are pretty much done for....including the 1/4 instrument input crapped out. Buy the warranty. I sure did and was cut a check. I know Behringer makes great equipment, for me at least, mixers are not one of them.

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    5.0

    wow

    By Selsaral

    from Ann Arbor, MI

    The features on this thing are really insane. It does absolutely everything I need for my home recording setup. It even has two headphone jacks so I don't need a splitter or headphone amp when working with my singer.I use it with my Delta 1010lt and the direct outs are superb. I use some of the subouts to group inputs and save space (I put all my drum tom mics into a subgroup and send them into one input on the Delta 1010lt).The mic preamps are clearly superior to the audiobuddy I was using before, and clearly superior to the preamps on the Delta 1010lt. It may not compete with the high end stuff but for a home studio amateur like myself, it's really excellent.I guess I have to assume that with the very low price corners were cut and somehow the quality is inferior. Perhaps it will die or develop problems in the near future? I don't know, but for now it's perfect for me.

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    4.0

    Loved it......Until today

    By Zee

    from Northwest Indiana/ Chicagoland

    I bought the mixer two years and three months ago to replace an older Carvin mixer in my home studio. I'm more of a hobbyist so I didn't want to spend a fortune on a mixer. My computer sound is also routed through my PA, so the Behringer was used for several hours every day.The sound quality exceeded my needs and the sound and build quality were far better than the old Carvin mixer. Effects were good, some better than others. I had no complaints.Today, however, the mixer is dead. It appears to be power supply related. I'm not sure if it would be worth the time and cost to have it repaired. I am still undecided as to whether I will buy another Behringer or take another step up the quality ladder in search of reliability.

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    5.0

    Great, feature-packed board for the money

    By Paddy-O

    from Los Angeles, CA

    I have a very busy 7-piece cover band and we love our Behringer XENYX 2442FX. For large shows, we route everything (guitars, bass, drums - via its own mixer, piano, horns, vocals) through this board and it handles it all cleanly. Yes, it gets loud. This is the perfect rig for a band on a budget. We run the xlr main outs to powered Behringer 212A's (killer speakers that still sound great from 200 feet away for outdoor festivals). Use the xlrs - your signal will be cleaner/crisper. We route two aux outs to the monitors. Life could not be simpler. We've never come close to running out of channels. I've even mic'd a 17-piece big band with this board. EQ is great. Pre's are amazing (for the money, this is not a boutique board). I barely use the FX ? only a little reverb on the vocals. We always get complimented for our PA's sound. I guess if you?re used to $$$ studio boards, the faders will feel cheap, but remember this board is 1/10 the price of a studio mixer. If you're a working band and are looking for something you can set and forget, get this board. The 8 direct outs are an added bonus for you recording freaks. My only tiny complaint is there's no (or I can't find it) "break" button that mutes the channels so you can play break music through the CD input without messing with your settings.

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    5.0

    Wow!!!

    By Mackie man

    from Newville, PA

    I have been using this mixer with a live rock band in both small and large rooms, with various different PA setups. I absolutely love this mixer. It stacks up against my Mackie SR24/4 VLZ Pro in sound quality. Now it does have a cheaper feel, however, the pricepoint has alot to do with that I'm sure. For the money there is nothing better. Oh, and everyone keeps knocking the effects on this board, but I have been using them with great success for vocals and drums. The effects in my opinion sound just as good as any rack piece. By the way, I'm usually not a fan of this manufacturer in general, but this board is awesome!

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    5.0

    Excellent

    By Canary

    from Alexandroupolis, Greece

    The mixer is excellent. I own it. I play with my group, using intruments like bagpipes, lutes, dumbeks etc. The sound comes from is just great

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