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by Drew Brashler in All Posts, Behringer X32
September 8, 2012 16 comments

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At North Ridge Community Church we have two main rooms that we use for different things. We have our large room, the Worship Center, and then we have our smaller multi-purpose room, the Ridge Cafe. Both rooms introduce some issues as far as mixing goes.

The Ridge Cafe’s mix position is up on a elevated balcony which is intertwined with AC ductwork, AC units, Electrical conduit and condensation lines. You actually have to duck under these to get to where the board is. Whenever mixing here the best way is to mix via the headphones and then go downstairs and compare.

Worship Center has an elevated audio/video booth against the back wall. It is a clear line of sight to the stage and speaker cluster but is not in a accurate position of where the speakers are hung.

When deciding on what board to get we wanted to have an iPad app to be able to mix from. That way our audio techs could walk around within the congregation to get an accurate position to hear their mix.

Next priority was being able to save and recall scenes with flying faders. Being that our rooms see a lot of different ministries, the multi-use function of the room required each ministry to have their own board setup to facilitate their needs.

Consistency and ease of training was also a big requirement at the church with all of the volunteers. So having matching boards or at least same manufacture would help this a lot. We wanted to have a sound tech train in one room and be able to cover a position if needed in the other.

With those requirements the boards we were to select from included the Yamaha LS9, PreSonus StudioLive, and most resently the Behringer X32.

I ruled out the StudioLive as it does not have flying faders. Having the ability to recall scenes for our different ministries at the church. One thing I loved about the StudioLive is the ability to record the 24 individual tracks at the same time to a computer digital audio workstation, DAW.

The next board, the Yamaha LS9, at around $6-7k, had a higher price point. However, this board included flying faders and the ability to save and recall scenes. The board did not have the ability to record more than just the stereo bus.

I decided on pulling the trigger on the Behringer X32 for some of the following reasons:

– 32 mic in, 6 line in, 16 mix buses, 6 matrix mixes, LCR or LC+R setups, AES/EBU output, 16 assignable balanced outputs
– Flying faders
– Ability to save and recall scenes (up to 100 scenes per show currently firmware 1.08)
– Up to 10 iPads can connect to the board at one time with the xicontrol app (also a monitor mixing app for the iPhone is in the works at Behringer)
– AES50 digital snake will allow remote stage boxes (Behringer S16) to add additional patchable inputs to the X32.
– Record 32 separate tracks to a DAW over USB 2.0 or FireWire
– Compressor, gate, adjustable low cut, 4 band fully parametric eq, and channel delay on each channel
– Adjustable delay on the control room speakers and headphones

The list keeps going of how flexible this board is. Also the X32 interfaces with the Behringer P16 which is Behrimger’s version of the Aviom personal mixer. So on to of the 16 buses the X32 also gives you 16 assignable outputs specifically for the P16.

All of this comes in at the price point of $2899. I was able to purchase two X32’s for the price of one Yamaha LS9. The flexibility that will come with adding the Behringer S16 16 input/8 output stage boxes that transfer over the AES50 protocol, will be huge for my church.

With any company/product/console reliability is a large concern. Behringer has their 3 year warranty on the X32 so that makes me feel a lot better about the purchase and the fact that Midas was the majority of the design for the X32 almost alleviates the concern. But only time will tell.

I have a bunch of videos on the Behringer X32 on my YouTube channel which you can find at www.youtube.com/KD7QCU.

If you have any questions on the board please watch the videos or post below. After mixing with the board for the last 3-4 weeks I am blown away by how awesome this board is. Uli Behinger an his team has really found the right design for this!

16 Comments
  1. Hello, my name is Uli Behringer. I just wanted to reach out to you and thank you for your wonderful comment here and also the excellent videos you created.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need any help.

    Warm regards

    Uli Behringer

    1. Uli, thanks for a fantastic mixer! I’ve been running a StudioLive 1642 ever since they first hit the streets, and just changed it with your X-32. Amazing is all I can say! I’ve been studio engineer for some 3 decades. Neve, SSL, Helios etc. This mixer does it all. One negative point of reference only: The manual. Being an experienced user of analog and digital desks made it easy to get things working, but your manual only explains how the desk works, not how to use it in a real life situation. Other than that – excellent work and I sincerely look forward to future updates. Any chance of a Thunderbolt card for the Mac?

  2. Hoyt Yeatman says:

    Hi Great tutorials. Could you do a series focusing on the X32 and assigning single buses to audio tracks, group buses to multiple tracks. Also assigning Aux tracks to FX and assigning FX tracks to audio channels. These types of concepts would be very helpful to see on the Berhringer X32.
    Thanks,
    Hoyt

  3. blessings brother, my name is Alejandro, I’m in charge of sound in a congregation of Chihuahua Mexico “centro de fe esperanza y amor (www.centrodefeesperanzayamor.com), and I’m glad to see how the church of Jesus Christ are blessed, I would like to purchase a Consolo of these, but unfortunately still no resources in the congregation to Doder do,
    Consolo is amazing, I come upstairs gustari a video about the audio quality that has, thanks and blessings

  4. Brian says:

    Drew,
    Do you know if the input patching routing is saved as part of the scene? We are thinking about getting the X32, but I can’t find if the input patching is saved with the scene, or if just the channel setup is saved.

  5. Matt Cooke says:

    I have been looking at this board for sometime, there must be many church sound technicians in the same situation as me. We need the flexibility of scene recall and moving faders but our smaller churches don’t have the budget to buy these features. Would you be willing to post another review after 6 or 7 months so I could hear about the reliability of your behringer boards. I would also love to see a video of the board in action during a service. Thanks for the great post.

  6. Rodrigo says:

    Hello friend !! My name is Rodrigo,I have one question if is possibel you help, i thanks very much,this last week i buy the Glory console Behringer X32 i love! And i want use the Xcontrol on my Imac but i see in Behringer website no have Xcontorl App for Mac only for PC,you can make one video our write to me,how the ways for me use the xcontrol on my Imac.
    Thanks.

  7. Your videos are great and constituted in me buying the x-32. I sold my StudioLive for all the great features the desk offers. I am very happy with the desk both live and in the studio, however – can you answer this:

    With 32 recorded tracks in my sequencer playing back to the board, how can I assign the master stereo bus back to a stereo track in my sequencer for recording a stereo pre- master?

  8. anthony says:

    Have you used the x32 with protools?

  9. Knut Bjorndal says:

    Hi!
    I bought the X32 just because of your tutorials at Youtube. They are brilliant!
    Can you please explain how to save your own settings in the basic setup in the X32 instead of the default settings.

    Best regards
    Knut B

  10. Keith King says:

    Thank you for the great info on the Behringer x32!
    I do have 1 question, I unplugged our analog board and plugged the x32 directly in its place. We have noticed that our stage monitor mixes are much weaker. We are using mix buses and sending them out through the 1/4″ aux outs. Is there anyway to adjust the overall output signal strength on the aux outs?

    Thanks again,
    – Keith

    1. Sorry for the late reply on this one. The only gain adjustment is the channels and then the mix busses. So you can use the mix bus master as your master fader to control the level of an output, but the outputs do not have separate gain adjustments.

  11. Jeff says:

    I have another question for you…. I am in the process of switching over to the X32, and am wondering: I want to run the system in mono, but don’t see how to change the main fader from stereo (L/R) to mono… I know this is probably really easy, I just thought I’d ask to save a little time.

    Thanks!

  12. Hi Drew,
    I am Marius Perron from megachurch CBC in San Antonio.
    It would be great if the FX delay time could be set automatically with an external click. Or a music signal.

    Nowadays there are apps for the phone that can figure out tempo of an audio signal:
    ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.DanielBach.liveBPM&hl=en )

    That BPM info could be translated to delay time.

    Any ideas on how to pull this off? I can design a simple 1-transistor switch that would create a switch closure from a pulsing audio signal…

    Marius Perron
    mperron3@gmail.com
    http://www.audio-eng.com

  13. John Nourse says:

    Hi Drew, I am part of a team mixing for the Oakville Rock ‘n’ Seniors, we purchased an x32 Mixer a couple of years ago and have slowly learning how to use it properly. I am much impressed by your videos, especially the recent on on ” Behringer X32 – Firmware V2.02 New Features – Dynamics & Gate”, your original video on Gate and Ducker was an excellent explanation of this, however I have not been able to find anything as good on compression or the Dynamics. Have you done anything on this. What really interests me is how you would use this for the different voices, acoustic and Electric Guitars and especially brass ( our Sax player and Trumpeter cannot seem to keep their volume as low as we’d like.)

    As you may have guessed from our name we are a group of seniors that play for retirement homes, dances and parties, all amateurs.

    Your help will be very much appreciated..

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