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    High-end features and performance for a low-end price.

    The Behringer X1222USB mixing console takes the 1222FX 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. It can be used in either 4-mono XLR/4-stereo 1/4", or 6-mono/2-stereo operation. 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 USB mixer also features 4 studio-grade compressors with super-easy one-knob functionality and a control LED, so you can take your vocals and instruments to a professional level.

    The Behringer XENYX USB mixer is designed to handle your live gigs, and it provides the state-of-the-art tools you need to make stunning, professional-quality recordings. Along with a built-in USB/audio interface, the Behringer XENYX USB mixer comes 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
    All Behringer XENYX mixing consoles have one thing in common—great-sounding, high headroom XENYX mic preamps. These state-of-the-art mic preamps represent a major step in the evolution of audio technology—and they can easily hold their own, even when compared to the most expensive stand-alone mic preamps. Behringer 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 USB 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 the Behringer XENYX mixer 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 USB mixers in this class—but standard on all Behringer XENYX USB mixers.

    Effective FX
    The Behringer X1222USB USB mixer features 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 pretty pricey. 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 the Behringer XENYX USB mixer comes 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 mixing console can be recorded directly to your hard drive. Which brings us to music software…

    Free Would Be Nice!
    Because you'll want to take full advantage of the Behringer XENYX X1222USB USB mixer's recording and podcasting potential, Behringer's 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 ultra-low noise, high headroom analog mixer
    • 4 state-of-the-art Behringer XENYX, phantom-powered Mic Preamps comparable to stand-alone 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
    • 7-band stereo graphic EQ allows precise frequency correction of monitor or main mixes
    • Revolutionary FBQ Feedback Detection System instantly reveals critical frequencies
    • Breathtaking XPQ 3D stereo surround effect for more vitality and enhanced stereo image
    • Voice Canceller function for easy-to-use sing-along applications
    • 4 fully equipped stereo-input channels featuring 2 additional mic inputs on channels 5/6 and 7/8, 3-band EQ and input trim control
    • Channel inserts on each mono channel for flexible connection of outboard equipment
    • 2 aux sends per channel: 1 pre fader for monitoring, 1 post fader for internal FX or as external send
    • 2 multi-functional stereo aux returns with flexible routing
    • Balanced main mix outputs with gold-plated XLR connectors plus separate control room, headphones and stereo tape outputs
    • Long-wearing 60-mm 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
    • Rack mount brackets included for ultimate flexibility

    Order today and get an incredible mixer for a very low price.

     
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    BehringerXENYX X1222USB USB Mixer with Effects
     
    4.3

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (8)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Versatile (7)
    • Excellent sound (6)
    • Simple controls (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (10)
      • Outdoor events / games (9)
      • Performances (8)
      • Professional recording (5)
      • Soundtracks (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional musician (7), Experienced (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      very nice!

      This mixer is nearly perfect. I bought this about a year ago to upgrade from my old behringer. This has been amazing and has done great things. First off, there are loads of...Read complete review

      This mixer is nearly perfect. I bought this about a year ago to upgrade from my old behringer. This has been amazing and has done great things. First off, there are loads of neat features on this, the two biggest being built-in fx and the fact that it is also a USB mixer. The effect selection is great and easy to use, but I usually just put on a little reverb in the background and leave the others alone. The USB part is actually one of the only two things that bug me: when recording through this feature, it only comes out as a stereo track (if you're recording four different inputs, you'll only get two coming out), but, they do give you a cheap free software! Another feature is the EQ and feedback reducer. The EQ is fun and easy to use, and the feedback reducer is also nice, as it shows you which frequencies are causing the feedback so you can turn that frequency down. The last cool, very inventive, feature is the compression knobs. On four of the inputs, there is a compression knob...that's it. It's VERY useful, and I don't believe there are many other mixers that have that.

      About the ins and outs: There are technicall only 8 inputs, two of which are stereo, two of which are mono/stereo, and only 6 of the inputs have xlr. Despite this, an input that can have phantom power does, so you can plug a lot of condensers in. The outputs are the only other thing that bugs me besides the USB mixer part. This mixer only really has xlr stereo out, and no 1/4 stereo out, so I had to go out to the store to buy myself a couple more cables so I could connect this thing to my power amp.

      All in all: fantastic product and I recommend you to buy it. It is lightweight, is very easy to use and has loads of cool, inventive features. My only two complaints are the fact that the USB mixer only records in stereo, and that there are no 1/4 inch stereo outs. These are minor complaints compared to how versatile and impressive this product is.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Needs Better Software

      I bought this thinking it would be a "plug and play" type of device and after spending hours trying to just get it to work on my new PC, It's...Read complete review

      I bought this thinking it would be a "plug and play" type of device and after spending hours trying to just get it to work on my new PC, It's anything but. The software they include is just a bunch of zipped files most of which have no installers. If you have a 64bit system you have to go to thier site to find the right driver. Windows doesn't even recognize it making the driver install a real pain. Once I finally got the drivers to work I found out they don't work for playback on your pc, you have to change your outputs back to hear what you recorded or hook up some headphones or a power amp and speakers. I was able to use Adobe Audition 3.0 with this and with it's drivers able to get the inputs and outputs to work on my pc, but any playback on your PC has an annoying clicking sound even with thier software. The manual is nothing more than you can learn from reading the labels on the knobs, all of about 2 pages in 3 languages. The effects are weak and pointless.

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      5.0

      A great buy with that sounds great.

      By Rick Holly

      from New Jersey

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Behringer XENYX X1222USB USB Mixer with Effects:

        First off let me say that I presently own four mixers, a Soundcraft, a Mackie and two Behringer mixers. I have had the Mackie the longest (about 10 years) and while it has been a reliable board it has had minor issues over the years and has needed to be repaired twice. My backup to the Mackie was a Behringer board and it never needed repair or had problems but then it also had less bells and whistles than the Mackie. I just decided that it was time to replace the Mackie. I looked at newer Mackie boards and I was about to purchase the Mackie Pro FX12 when I saw the Behringer Xenyx X1222. It's pretty obvious that the Behringer is a clone of the Mackie but usually the Behringer product would have a few less frills. In this case the Behringer had more extra stuff and cost less than the Mackie. Since I've had a good experience with a number of Behringer products I bought the X1222 and so far, I'm glad I did.
        As soon as I plugged the board into my active speakers (two pair of Mackie active speakers) I was pleasantly surprised at how clear and transparent the sound was. It was a lot cleaner and open sounding than my Mackie and that was with everything "flat " on the EQ (both the channel EQ and main EQ). The reverbs are quite nice and you can adjust and save the settings. I don't use the delay much for live work but they seem very good and the number 15 effects setting is a reverb/delay combo that I am experimenting with. There are individual compressors on the first three mic channels and as long as you don't turn them on very high, they seem to work well. My band has done four gigs with this board so far and we are all pretty happy with it.
        The pros:
        1. Clear sound and solid feel to the physical layout.
        2. Nice adjustable internal effects.
        3. A separate effect sends to both main and monitors.
        4. Auto feedback locator (haven't used it yest).

        The cons:
        1. Only one monitor output (need to daisy chain monitors).
        2. Terrible manual that leaves out a lot of explanations.
        3. Effects need pre and post switch.

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        4.0

        XENYX X1222USB USB Mixer with Effects

        By J Chosa

        from WI.

        About Me Experienced

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Behringer XENYX X1222USB USB Mixer with Effects:

          This is my second XENYX X1222USB USB Mixer with Effects. The first one lasted just past the warranty and Behringer would not accept it. The board got hot, and the sound crackled and just left.
          I purchased a second unit, Dj/Karaoke, because I liked how the board felt and reacted. Perfect for the price. EXCEPT this time, I purchased the extended warranty. "IF" I need it, now I have it! Thanks Behringer for making a good product, now stand behind it.

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          4.0

          Great Mixer for the Price

          By DanoG

          from Washington State

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Performances
          • Soundtracks

          Comments about Behringer XENYX X1222USB USB Mixer with Effects:

          Great Mixer. Allows user to assign inputs to software tracks for recording. USB out is solid and simple to use.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Quite a mix of features

          By Brain2000

          from Ohio

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Compression
          • Easy To Use
          • Full Duplex
          • Phantom Voltage
          • Usb Playback
          • USB Recording
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Behringer XENYX X1222USB USB Mixer with Effects:

            I had read mixed reviews before purchasing. Regardless, I went ahead and bought because it had all the features I wanted at a very affordable price.

            First, let me say that it is NOT the most flimsy mixer I've ever used, as some reviews had mentioned.

            There is also very little information about the USB functionality. Even the manual doesn't really mention it. So I did some experimentation:

            1. The USB playback acts as an input channel with its own volume slider. Easy to setup your PC to play sound effects during a show.
            2. The USB record will record the entire mix (minus sound being played through USB).
            3. The record and play functions can be done simultaneously. Great for recording a live show, while simultaneously using the mixer to add background effects/tracks to a song.
            4. The USB function works on both a PC and a MAC. No additional drivers needed.

            I also found that the manual states that the first four mic inputs can also have phantom power. That is not completely accurate. All SIX mic inputs are phantom powered!

            If anything goes south, I'll be sure to add it to this review. So far, I'm quite impressed.

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            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Arrived DOA

            By Plank Spanker

            from Houston

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Behringer XENYX X1222USB USB Mixer with Effects:

                  1st time I have ever purchased this brand. It arrived DOA.. All the lights came on , Looks good. Could not get it to recieve a signal from a Mic or a key board or send and signal. Could not get a sound out of it. Of coarse, musicians friend issued me a return label. This does not reflect on them at all. The company that makes these needs better quality control.

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                  (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Behringer Bad Quality Control

                  By Sound Man-Qw.-n

                  from Carthage, NY

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Good Preamps
                  • Nice Design Concept

                  Cons

                  • Defects

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill The Garbage Can

                  Comments about Behringer XENYX X1222USB USB Mixer with Effects:

                  Third time I purchased a Behringer product and had to send it back. The Monitor send did not work. The headphone did not work. This seems to be,run of the mill for Behringer Products. Either you get one that works or you dont. If you insist buying a Behringer product make sure you test every design function or you may get stuck with a new lemon that is a big hassel to get repaired. Behringher = Musicians Nightmare.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Merry Christmas To Me!!!!

                  By Justinsound

                  from Orchard Park NY

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • It Wasnt Free Lol

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Behringer XENYX X1222USB USB Mixer with Effects:

                  This is a very versatile mixer with great sounding effects and lots of useful controls for little money!

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                  5.0

                  nice for the price

                  By gtunes

                  from Southwest USA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Behringer XENYX X1222USB USB Mixer with Effects:

                    The bright colors help me know what I'm tweaking in low light with my less than great eyes. It's small, seems to be comparitvely well made. It seems better made than a comparable one of an established other brand. I looked at. It's all plastic, but so is most the cheap stuff. I wish they had things spaced a bit more. It's kind of cramped. I've used the board twice now. Overall I'm very pleased perhaps even amazed at what I got for the price. Ultimately, time will tell.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Perfect for the job

                    By Jack

                    from Canton, OH

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Inconsistent Detents

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Small Productions

                    Comments about Behringer XENYX X1222USB USB Mixer with Effects:

                    I appreciate the versatility of this console. The first time I used it I took advantage of all but two inputs and even experimented with the SFX.

                    It is extremely portable - amazingly lightweight.

                    I like Behringer - maybe they don't have the best name-recognition in the live audio market but they produce very good equipment at a very good price.

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                    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great for the price!

                    By Terry

                    from Crockett, TX

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                    Ask me a question

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Controls
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Poor Quality Sound

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Behringer XENYX X1222USB USB Mixer with Effects:

                    The only suprise I foundd is that for the hi-impedence mics (1/4" plug ends) is that you have to raise the peak/sensitivity knob nearly all the way up with the channel volume set at 0 (not -10 or +10, but at 0) before you hear the mic good. But the peak level control is there for just that reason. Lo-impedence mic cords are the better way to go anyway since the sensitivity level is much better. But sometimes you just don't have all low-impedence cords. This was the only reason I knocked a star down. Other than that, this sound board is WELL WORTH THE MONEY! We are happy with the purchase and the price. Great reverb and sound FX.

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