Brand Spotlight: Behringer Audio Equipment

 

Founded by Swiss engineer Uli Behringer in 1989, Behringer is one of the biggest music equipment manufacturers in the world and one of the best-known brands among professional musicians. While they might not be as old as some of the other big names in the industry, the quality and reputation of their gear is right up there with the best of them. Today, we're taking a look at a few of our favorite pieces of gear from the famed manufacturer.

Behringer X Air XR16

behxr16-2_copyThe aim of the XR16 is to bring as much of the power and utility of the legendary Behringer X32 digital mixer in a smaller, more affordable yet just as potent package. With key features such as 16 inputs, 8 Midas-designed mic preamps, the X32's renowned onboard effects, stereo USB recording, a 100-band Real Time Analyzer on all input channels and bus EQs, and more, I think you'll agree that Behringer definitely succeeded. And what kind of a modern piece of tech wouldn't include some smartphone connectivity? That's right -- with the XR16's onboard three-mode connectivity (direct WiFi connection, client mode, and wired LAN), you can directly control your mix on your phone, tablet or PC. Also available in a 12-input, 4 mic preamp model in the Behringer XR12. For the all the power of the X32 in a portable-friendly package, look no further than the X Air XR16 digital mixer.

Behringer XENYX X1222USB 16-Channel Mixer

behx1222usb-2_copy_3Not all of us can afford a full-blown mixer. Xenyx X1222USB USB mixer, you don't have to decide between paying rent and having the power of pro-grade audio gear for your home setup. Coming in at under $300, the Xenyx X1222USB comes packing all of the essentials and then some. Key features include 12 input channels -- the first six of which include top-quality Xenyx preamps -- a studio-grade compressor, 7-band graphic EQ, a 24-bit Multi-FX processor, FBQ feedback detection (to help you remove noisy frequencies), and more. And for any current or future podcasters out there, the Xenyx X1222USB comes packing free recording software to help you get up and running in no time. And of course, you can directly connect the Xenyx X1222USB to your PC for use with your preferred DAW. You'll be hard pressed to find a better mixer for the price! And just in case money is really tight, there's always the Xenyx 1204USB 12-channel mixer at only $179.

Behringer U-Phoria UMC202HD

behumc202hd-2_copyWhile the two choices above are great, portable, budget-friendly options, sometimes all you need is a powerful piece of gear that that can get you a great home recording as quickly and as easy as possible. That's where the Behringer U-Phoria UMC202HD comes in -- a USB 2.0 audio interface perfect for home studio musicians and singer-songwriters looking to take down a quick recording without compromising on quality. Boasting two pro-grade MIDAS preamps, you can connect your favorite mic, guitar, keyboard or any other music gear and have it all recorded in studio-quality 24-bit/192kHz resolution. Better still, it's all wrapped in a compact, tough as nails metal chassis. The UMC202HD is also compatible with some of the most popular DAW programs around including, Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase, and more.

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