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.
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.
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:
- 1/4″ to 1/4″ TS phone plug cable will be plugged to the unbalanced output of the Behringer mixer
- The other end of the 1/4″ to 1/4″ TS phone plug cable will be plugged to the input of the DI box
- The output of the DI box will be connected to the XLR Y-cable
- 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
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.
These past few days, I have been using these at an event…of sorts. These distribution amplifiers are hardy…very hardy. I must say that when Shure build their stuff, they build their stuff right! What is it? Well, the FP16A is a 1-input, 6-output, compact audio distribution amplifier for routing multiple audio signal feeds. In short, it is similar to that Behringer MX882 that I have installed previously in several clubs, except that the Behringer is stereo and umm, inexpensive. I must say that I like the sound of this baby and I wish I had this as part of my inventory. It will be very useful indeed. Read this for a better description.
Back in the day, when DJ controllers were hitting the market, this DJ controller was the most sought-after. It seems that this Behringer BCD3000 was touted as “Your complete DJ setup in a single box: dual player, mixer, effects, 2 phono preamps plus a full-fledged monitor section” This thing was made out of metal, vs its competitor the Hercules DJ Console MK2, which was made out od plastic. besides, I read that the buttons were not plastic but they actually clicked in place when you pressed them. Besides, those afore-mentioned internal phono preamps were available so one could mix vinyl records with MP3 files or run the BCD3000 as a digital DJ mixer. What’s more, the controller included Native Instruments Traktor LE DJ software but I was told that there were plugins for VirtualDJ as well.
This came at a time when I had lost my interest in DJ’ing. I was more into bikes. Now that I think of it, I am kicking myself for not discovering it sooner.
I love my music but unfortunately, many of the songs I love are only available on vinyl instead of MP3s and EAVs. So that is what I did the last week. I hooked up my trusty Behringer UCA222, connected the USB to my computer and hooked up the mixer that my turntables are connected to the UCA222 device. After that, I fired up Audacity (you can use any free software recorder but Audacity is free) and recorded the vinyl in real-time. With the exception of a lot of crackle and pop (ok…some of my vinyl needs a good cleaning) I managed to copy quite a few songs across. This is a picture of me transferring the 12″ of Wang Chung’s Everybody Have Fun Tonight to WAV. Yep. That is my trusty Technics SL-1200 turntable and my Stanton 500AL cartridge and stylus