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Behringer EUROPORT EPS500MP3

29/08/2017 Leave a comment

Take a look at this offering from Behringer…the EPS500MP3. Look familiar? It should. I knew that it was only a matter of time before Behringer ripped off the very popular Yamaha Stagepas Series. Then again, isn’t that what Behringer is known for? But no matter. Let us have a look at this offering from Behringer. These are the features:

  • Ultra-compact 8-channel PA system with dual speakers and detachable 500 Watt powered mixer
  • Enormous power, incredible sonic performance, and super-lightweight
  • Mixer can be used either while installed in the speaker or detached for easy positioning and access
  • High-performance MP3 player included to play audio files via USB stick
  • Studio-grade stereo reverb adds finishing touch to your sound
  • “Wireless-ready” for high-quality BEHRINGER digital wireless system (not included)
  • Broadcast-like Voice-Over-Priority Function dims music when microphones are used
  • Extremely powerful 8” woofers and 1” compression transducers for incredible sound reproduction
  • 8-channel mixer section features 4 mic/line and 2 stereo channels
  • 4 high-quality mic preamps with switchable +48 V phantom power for condenser microphones
  • Effective and extremely musical 2-band EQ on all channels
  • Music/Speech switch to set overall system equalization
  • Auto limiter prevents overload damage to power amplifier and speakers
  • Storage compartment available for microphone, cables and accessories (2 x 6.1m (20′) speaker cables included)
  • Integrated stand mounting with 35-mm pole socket
  • Switching power supply for maximum flexibility, noise-free audio, superior transient response plus low power consumption for energy savings

Therein lies the differences folks. First of all, compared with the 500-watt Yamaha offering with 10″ speakers, these ones come with only 8″ speakers. Also, it comes with a USB in, so it looks like you can play music from an MP3 thumb drive or something like that. But other than that, it has the same protective rails as the Yamaha. It has almost the same mixer layout as the Yamaha. The mixer is detachable, like the Yamaha. One of the speaker cabinets has a compartment in the rear for storing cables, just like the Yamaha. This is the mixer below:

It has been said that a picture paints a thousand words. I will leave it to you all to see if that is true or not.

Price-wise, it will definitely be a lot cheaper than the Stagepas. The Yamaha Stagepas series is not that expensive…but it there is quality in the build. I have not tried out this offering from Behringer so I cannot vouch for its quality. You can read up about this EPS500MP3 here.

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Behringer X32 mixer

30/07/2017 Leave a comment

I have just installed this fantastic Behringer X32 mixer in a client’s place. This is a pretty good mixer for the price. For that rather inexpensive price, as far as digital mixers go, you get a 40-Input, 25-Bus Digital Mixing Console with 32 Programmable MIDAS Preamps, 25 Motorized Faders, Channel LCD’s, 32-Channel Audio Interface and iPad/iPhone Remote Control. There are many others like this but I say again, for the price-point, you get a lot of mixer for that money. My client also bought an 8-channel stagebox, that is connected to the mixer via an Ethernet cable, using AES50. Some people say that it is a cheaper Midas. I dare say that they may have a point, given the fact that Midas is also owned by The Music Group, Behringer’s parent company. Besides the brief description of what this mixer has to offer, there are some other features like:

 

  • 16 XLR outputs plus 6 additional line in/outputs, 2 phones connectors and a talkback section with integrated or external mic
  • Individual and dynamic LCD Scribble Strips on all channels and buses creating easy assignment and intuitive channel distinction
  • 32 x 32 channel USB 2.0 audio interface, with DAW remote control emulating HUI* and Mackie Control*
  • iPad* and iPhone* apps for professional remote operation available free of charge—no host PC required
  • High-resolution 7″ day-viewable Color TFT for easy viewing of workflow components and parameters
  • Main LCR, 6 matrix buses and 16 mix buses each featuring inserts, 6-band parametric EQ’s and full dynamics processing, plus 8 DCA and 6 mute groups
  • Virtual FX rack featuring 8 true-stereo FX slots include high-end simulations such as Lexicon 480L* and PCM70*, EMT250* and Quantec QRS etc.

I like this mixer. But I am thinking more about the portability of mixers for shows. To be honest, this mixer is a bit on the big side. If you wanted to get a mixer with faders that can still fit in a 19″ rack, you can consider the Allen & Heath QU-16. But the beauty of this mixer? It was the iPad app that allows you to control this baby via remote. I could do everything with this mixer and did not have to sit in front of it…just go to a place close to the stage with the iPad. But I did say in a previous post that I loved the fader-less version of this mixer, the Behringer X32 Rack. Maybe that will be a better choice

 

Radio Design Labs TX-A2D balanced to unbalanced converter

22/06/2017 Leave a comment

I need something like this for my arsenal of audio tools. Like some time back, I had a request from a customer to record their AGM. I have a Behringer UCA-202 USB audio device but the inputs are unbalanced. So from the sound board, I take a balanced output and send send it to the Behringer. I can also take a feed from the headphone out but what if the console is far away?. I also have at my disposal an Extron BUC 102 but that one requires a power supply. This one does not. And it is pretty small…just like what audio tools should be.

Edirol UA-1X USB Cable Audio Interface

11/03/2017 Leave a comment

I have a Behringer UCA-202 USB audio interface and I have used it for many applications like converting my old vinyl records into MP3s, recording live performances and the list goes on. I had only just discovered last week, a product very much like my Behringer that can do the same. It practically looks the same as well. Edirol is a subsidiary of the Roland Corporation and I am pretty sure that this is a product that can be trusted.Like the Behringer, the UA-1X also has an S/PDIF optical output to send digital signals to digital destinations and a headphone jack for direct monitoring of your computer audio & input signals.

Interesting bit of equipment and I am glad that I came across it. Unfortunately, this Edirol UA-1X has been discontinued.

Behringer XENYX 302USB mixer

12/02/2017 Leave a comment

I saw this tiny Behringer 302USB mixer at a client’s place a couple of weeks back. The thing that caught my eye was how tiny it is. Granted, its small size is the attractive part of it. Another thing is the fact that it has a great preamp, according to Behringer. The XENYX 302USB apparently gets its name from the XENYX mic preamps. XENYX preamps apparently offer 130 dB of dynamic range. So that is something pretty good.

Not only that, with the included bidirectional stereo USB audio interface, you can connect 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 using software like the one I always use, GoldWave. You can also use Audacity too and a whole scope of others. And get this. This mixer can be powered by USB power from your USB socket on your PC or laptop. This mixer  also provides Phantom Power to your microphone. I always wonder how they do that with a mixer like this that just powers itself via USB power

You can find out more about the mixer here at the Behringer website. I like it but the only thing I have no use for are the RCA outputs. Granted, I can hook this up to a passive DI box, but I would rather find a mini mixer that has balanced outputs.

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New cables for a temporary replacement mixer

30/09/2016 Leave a comment

Just last night, one of my colleagues told me that the Mackie mixer belonging to a client of mine has issues so it must be sent for repair. Unfortunately, the client needs the mixer for an event today. So we search our store and the only mixer that we have available is a Behringer Xenyx 802. But unfortunately, the Mackie mixer has XLR balanced outputs and the Behringer only has unbalanced 1/4″ outputs. So how do we solve this?

Simple. I asked my colleague if they had any DI boxes in the store. She said that we have a single DI box. So what I do is to make a XLR Y-cable and a couple of 1/4″ to 1/4″ TS phone jacks. I had some spare plugs and XLRs left over so they would do nicely. The way it is going to be connected is:

  1. 1/4″ to 1/4″ TS phone plug cable will be plugged to the unbalanced output of the Behringer mixer
  2. The other end of the 1/4″ to 1/4″ TS phone plug cable will be plugged to the input of the DI box
  3. The output of the DI box will be connected to the XLR Y-cable
  4. The two outputs of the Y-cable will be plugged into the existing XLR cables

This is the only way this is going to work. Meanwhile, I have to make sure we have a proper mixer with a balanced output. Unbalanced outputs like the one that Behringer has is not gonna cut it these days

Behringer X32 Rack

02/09/2015 1 comment

I have been looking at this Behringer X32 Rack for some time and I grow to like and admire it day by day. Ever since I played about with the Allen & Heath QU-Pac, I have been looking at rack-mount mixers with almost no moving parts, and can be controlled via a tablet computer. So what is this X32 Rack all about?

Well, first of all, it is a 40-Input, 25-Bus Digital Rack Mixer with 16 Programmable MIDAS preamps, USB Audio Interface and iPad/iPhone Remote Control. That is the description taken from the Behringer website and that pretty much sums it up. The beauty of this is that we can use it as a stagebox i.e. install it on stage and and then control it from the FOH (Front Of House) with an iPad. That works well in a perfect world. Why you may ask. Well, I will come to that later.

What does this rack-mount digital mixer have to offer? here are the specs:

  • 40-input channel, 25-bus, 3U rack-mountable digital mixer for live and installed sound application
  • 16 MIDAS-designed, fully programmable mic preamps for audiophile sound quality
  • 8 XLR outputs plus 6 additional line in/outputs, a phones connector and a talkback section with XLR mic input
  • 32 x 32 channel USB 2.0 audio interface
  • High-resolution 5″ day-viewable Colour TFT for easy viewing of workflow components and parameters
  • 48-channel Digital Snake ready via dual AES50 ports, featuring KLARK TEKNIK’s SuperMAC networking

There are many other descriptions in the Behringer website to view about this mixer…or you can go online and hear the stories.

Now, as to what I was talking about earlier, about hooking up your iPad tablet to this. Make sure that you get a good router because more often than not, a roomful of people using their mobile phones in the room. It will interfere with the 2.4 Ghz spectrum the wireless routers give out. So you might want to get a good router

Gotta check it out and I will be.

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