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Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects  

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    Performance and features at a price that will amaze you.

    The compact Behringer X1204USB mixing console takes the 1204FX up a notch, providing all the same great features, plus Behringer's 24-bit, dual engine FX processor, with 16 editable, studio-grade presets including reverb, chorus, flanger, delay, pitch shifter and multi-effects. User-definable parameters include reverb time and brilliance, delay room size and repetitions, modulation depth and speed, and much more. The audio mixer's time-based functions can be addressed via a handy Tap button. The most recent parameter settings are always stored in memory.

    The Behringer XENYX USB mixers are designed to handle your live gigs, and they provide the state-of-the-art tools you need to make stunning, professional-quality recordings. Along with their built-in USB/audio interfaces, XENYX USB mixing consoles come with all the recording and editing software you'll need to turn your computer system into a complete, high-performance home recording studio.

    Sonically Superior Mic Preamps
    The Behringer XENYX X1204USB mixers have one thing in common—great-sounding, high headroom XENYX mic preamps. These state-of-the-art mic pres represent a major step in the evolution of audio technology—and they can easily hold their own, even when compared to the most expensive standalone mic preamps. XENYX preamps offer a staggering 130dB of dynamic range, with a bandwidth that extends from below 10Hz to well above 200kHz. Armed with these outstanding mic preamps, Behringer XENYX audio mixers provide such transparent, crystal-clear performance you just might think someone upgraded your mics while you weren't looking.

    Sublimely Musical British EQ
    The British mixing consoles of the 1960s and '70s changed the sound of rock-and-roll—without them the British Invasion might not have happened. Those legendary mixing desks soon became the envy of engineers and producers all over the world. The channel EQ on Behringer's XENYX mixers is based on that very same circuitry, allowing you to imbue signals with incredible warmth and detailed musical character. Even when applied generously, these equalizers exhibit sweet forgiveness and superb audio quality.

    One-Knob Compression
    Ask professional sound engineers what their favorite piece of external processing gear is and the majority response will be virtually unanimous—dynamic compression. What is compression? Compression essentially limits the dynamic range of a signal, lowering the level of loud sounds and turning up softer sounds, to achieve sonic balance. But applying compression is a delicate art that many novice, and even intermediate, sound techs have great difficulty mastering. Behringer's "one-knob" compression is available on all mono channels and is easy to operate, even for entry-level users. With this one knob, you can easily dial in the perfect amount of compression for instruments and vocals, creating powerful mixes with punch and clarity. This is indeed a rare feature for affordable mixers in this class—but standard on all Behringer XENYX USB mixers.

    Effective FX
    The X1204USB USB mixer features Behringer's 24-bit dual engine FX processor, with 16 editable, studio-grade presets including reverb, chorus, flanger, delay, pitch shifter and multi-effects. Complete with a highly accurate input meter, these effects can be altered to your personal taste via the Parameter control. Time-based functions can be entered manually by pressing the Tap button in tempo with the music.

    Recording Bliss
    There was a time when the recording process called for lots and lots of expensive gear, which meant the average musician had to buy time at a recording studio—and that time was pricey indeed. But modern technology has put personal recording well within the reach of virtually anyone with access to a computer. How do you get all that music flying around your brain into your computer? That's where XENYX USB mixers come in. Thanks to the built-in, bi-directional stereo USB audio interface, you can connect any of these mixers directly to your PC or Mac computer via a single USB cable. Now any signal source you connect to the mixer can be recorded directly to your hard drive. Which brings us to software…

    Free Would Be Nice!
    Because you'll want to take full advantage of the Behringer XENYX USB mixers recording and podcasting potential, we've thrown in a massive software package that includes Audacity (the most popular open source audio editor), Podifier, Juice, Podnova and Golden Ear (a great selection of podcasting software). You're ready to go live on your PC or Mac computer right out of the box! You also get more than 100 virtual instruments and 50 FX plug-ins, turning your computer into a complete home-based or mobile recording studio from input to output.

    energyXT2.5 Compact Behringer Edition Included
    When you're ready to take your recording projects to the next level, XT Software's energyXT is just the trick. This DAW (digital audio workstation) makes it easy to manipulate your audio and MIDI files, turning song ideas into stunning CD or Web-ready recordings. energyXT includes its own multi-FX processor, plus a built-in synthesizer/sampler and a drum machine, both of which can be accessed directly via an external controller (such as Behringer's UMA25S) or programmed in step-write mode.

    Features

    • Premium ultralow noise, high headroom analog mixer
    • 4 state-of-the-art XENYX, phantom-powered Mic Preamps comparable to standalone boutique preamps
    • 4 studio-grade compressors with super-easy "one-knob" functionality and control LED for professional vocal and instrumental sound
    • Neo-classic "British" 3-band EQs for warm and musical sound
    • Studio-grade FX processor with 16 editable presets including reverb, chorus, flanger, delay, pitch shifter, multi-effects, Tap function and storable user parameter settings
    • Built-in stereo USB/Audio Interface to connect directly to your computer. Free audio recording, editing and podcasting software plus 150 instrument/effect plug-ins and ultra-low latency driver included
    • Revolutionary energyXT2.5 Compact BEHRINGER Edition music production software included with feature-rich audio/MIDI sequencer that loads almost instantaneously on all computer platforms
    • 2 aux sends per channel: 1 pre fader for monitoring applications, 1 post fader for external FX devices
    • Clip LEDs and mute/alt 3-4 function on all channels
    • 2 subgroups with separate outputs for added routing flexibility
    • 2 multifunctional stereo aux returns with flexible routing
    • Balanced main mix outputs with gold-plated XLR connectors plus separate control room, headphones and stereo tape outputs
    • Control room/phones outputs with multi-input source matrix
    • Long-wearing 60mm logarithmic-taper faders and sealed rotary controls
    • "Planet Earth" switching power supply for maximum flexibility (100 – 240 V˜), noise-free audio, superior transient response plus low power consumption for energy saving
    • Rackmount brackets included for ultimate flexibility

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    BehringerXENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects
     
    4.5

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound (6)
    • Compact (4)
    • Versatile (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (4)
      • Amateur recording (3)
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Nice features but not high quality

      The board is not too bad. It is fairly configurable and has more inputs/output than most other boards at this same price. It is nice that it has three separate outputs on the...Read complete review

      The board is not too bad. It is fairly configurable and has more inputs/output than most other boards at this same price. It is nice that it has three separate outputs on the back, one for studio monitor speakers, on sub group, and one for the mains with the mains being actual XLR.The biggest thing I don't like is how sensitive it is to clipping. It has the LED meter on it to help dial in the gain on inputs or manage total output volume, but if you notice, the center mark is '0', of which you should be cautious to not go above this. On most boards, you can go almost all the way to 'peak' levels without any clipping or distortion, but not on this board. It produces static if you even start to go north of '0' by very much, well before the red clip indicators come on. If you need a 'solid' board and don't need USB, look elsewhere. If you know what your doing and like the USB side of it, it will work but just know what your in for.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good live. NOT a studio mixer.

      I own this. It's solid for live sound. It's mostly been used with a 6k watt system to hook up DJ gear for parties.

      The built in compressors are helpful for...Read complete review

      I own this. It's solid for live sound. It's mostly been used with a 6k watt system to hook up DJ gear for parties.

      The built in compressors are helpful for managing your mic levels.

      As I've taken a change of pace, it's come off my rig and into my studio. And it's very much out of place. It can only return off the master, so interface options are limited. And it's noisy. Digital jarbles galore. I only use it as a monitor send when I need all the outputs on my Tascam US-1800 for other outboard gear.

      The only usable setting I can imagine for the interface would be at a conference or in a church, where you'd want to record the event. But of course you'd need a computer right there as well, with the appropriate software, etc.

      The FX are fun. "fun."

      It is SOLID, I'll definitely say that. It could probably get tossed through a window and still work.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Xenyx X1204USB Mixer a Good Value

      By The Mandolin Picker

      from Southern Maryland

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

        Bought this board primarily for doing some recording at the house, and for some use in a performance role with a small bluegrass gospel group.

        The faders had a much nicer feel than I was expecting. Having the solo switch available to set a level while a channel is muted is a nice option not seen on a board in this price range.

        The built in compressor is another nice feature, which is nice for both recording and performances. The effects take some getting use to, and for recording we really don't use them instead preferring to use various software plugins to get the exact sound we want.

        The USB option is nice. It is only two channel (L and R) which is not an issue for me as we typically only lay down a single channel at a time. It would be sweet if it could send each channel individually to the software and interface with the software mixer as a control surface. However, we are very pleased with the results we have attained thus far.

        The driver issue is one you may have to play with. We are using the 64-bit Windows 7 driver from the Behringer web site with good results in Sonar in Windows 8. Some folks have reported problems with the Behringer driver and recommend ASIO4All as none of the Behringer drivers are marked for Windows 8 (hopefully that will soon change). ASIO4All did not work for us as Sonar did not even see the USB connection. We hope to upgrade our version of Sonar sometime this summer, and this could all change. Like any software interface, be prepared to do some work and try different combinations until you get the combination that works right for you.

        Bottom line is we are very happy with this mixer, and consider it a great value for the price. We have other Behringer products and have been very pleased with their overall quality, sound and performance.

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        4.0

        Nice Product

        By Dave

        from San Juan, PR

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Excellent Sound
        • Fx Is Complecated
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Fx Not Explained
        • Needs Special Lines

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

        Need more time playing with it to get more out of it.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Does the job

        By DLMFDBK

        from New York, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

            My needs are pretty simple, running an "experimental" music rig based on feedbacking effects. I ordered the FX version of this mixer not for the onboard effects (which I don't use) but because only this model offers switchable pre/post aux sends on aux 1. Behringer is not very clear about this, so be cautious if this is a concern.

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Mixer

            By EIGHTB8LL DRUMMING

            from Syracuse, NY

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

              This is a great mixer i am using it for 7 mics on a drumset the wq is great..please check out this video of me using it with CAD Pro-7 mics

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWXBH7aRsAw

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              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Good live. NOT a studio mixer.

              By fawwx

              from superior, wi

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              Ask me a question

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Solid

              Cons

              • Mediocre Fx
              • Poor Interface

              Best Uses

              • Live Sound

              Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

              I own this. It's solid for live sound. It's mostly been used with a 6k watt system to hook up DJ gear for parties.

              The built in compressors are helpful for managing your mic levels.

              As I've taken a change of pace, it's come off my rig and into my studio. And it's very much out of place. It can only return off the master, so interface options are limited. And it's noisy. Digital jarbles galore. I only use it as a monitor send when I need all the outputs on my Tascam US-1800 for other outboard gear.

              The only usable setting I can imagine for the interface would be at a conference or in a church, where you'd want to record the event. But of course you'd need a computer right there as well, with the appropriate software, etc.

              The FX are fun. "fun."

              It is SOLID, I'll definitely say that. It could probably get tossed through a window and still work.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Decent for the price

              By RW

              from Nashville, TN.

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

                This board does not work smooth via usb recording wise, unless you have the ASIOforall installed!Go to ASIO and download the latest! It will work smooth as ice! The CD that Behringer gives you,is useless as far as the asio drivers. Glitch city!The board is pretty quiet so, am very satisfied with that.True you can only record 2 tracks at once, 1 stereo or 2 mono,but if you have a small studio like I do you don't need anymore since I do guitar, bass, vox, and use session drummer which is a plugin. So basically for around $200.00, you can get this board with an extra 2 year warranty!

                RW

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Portable Recording Accessory

                By TankBass

                from Dayton, OH

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Excellent Sound
                • Light
                • Powerful Features
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Mic Preamp For Practice

                Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

                I bought this amp to add vocal effects to our PA during band practice. It does this task and more. I love using it for recording straight to my computer with the supplied USB adapter, and it is easy to setup and get good sounds. I love the effects that can be added to each individual channel. It is perfect for what I wanted it for, practice and recording a simple demo.

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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice Features

                By Pato

                from Benicia, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compressor on 4 channels

                Cons

                • USB limited to 2 tracks

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

                Onboard compressor really helps reduce spikes especially when the board is driving lower quality powered speakers. The USB output is only going to drive two channels of GarageBand, which can accept up to 8 channels on other boards.

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                (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                MUST HAVE!

                By Yamsicles5

                from The Woodlands, TX

                Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

                I've had this for a year now, and I would buy this souly for the efects. All professional sounding, and I bought the "behringer U-Control" for like 30 bucks and now I can hookup the mixer to the computer for recording. With this mixer u dont have to have an interface as long as you have this and the u-control. I spilled water all over my mixer by accident, and I plugged it back in and it was good to go. This is just simply an awesome mixer, but it can be REALLY hard to hook it up for recording. I'm using cubase and using the buying the "u-control" is great for audacity (free software) but not so much for cubase.

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                (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect solution for streaming online

                By Djeaux

                from Gulf Coast

                Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

                After about 30 minutes getting oriented to this little box, I was connected to Shoutcase and streaming to Second Life. USB made it so easy! The FX works nicely too. I did have to check my preamp gain a little to reduce clipping, but it was very easy.Behringer counts the AUX returns as inputs to arrive at 12 channels, but that's fairly typical of manufacturers. The only criticism I have of quality is that the faders feel a little lose compared to the more expensive boards I've used in the past. But considering the price point, this little guy is a sweetheart.If you're looking for a great solution for streaming music into Second Life, this is it!

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