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Behringer X-Live SD Recording Expansion Card

by Drew Brashler in Behringer X-Live, Behringer X32
November 17, 2017 58 comments
Behringer X-Live - Dual SD Recording Card

Behringer X-Live

Dual SD Recorder & USB Expansion Card is here!

Behringer just released the Behringer X-Live expansion card and I am really excited to release my first look at this really amazing piece of gear! This is a direct replacement for the X-USB or X-UF expansion cards that ship with the Behringer X32 and is simple to install.

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The Behringer X-Live card has dual SD/SDHC card slots and supports up to 32GB in size class 10 cards. Additionally, there is a CR123A battery slot to provide the X-Live the ability to finish saving the audio file in the case of power loss.

The real beauty of this card is that you can use both the SD card slot AND the USB jack of this card at the same time!

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Behringer X-Live – Fully Independent Recording and Playback

Okay, I am excited about this – fully independent recording and playback with the USB portion and the SD card portion. You can record 32 tracks of audio onto the SD card portion of the X-Live AND record 32 tracks of audio using the USB connection with your computer and DAW of your choice!

Another great option is using the SD card for recording and being able to use the USB for off-board effects processing with something like Waves MultiRack Native.

Behringer X-Live Specs:

  • 32-channel live recording and playback on dual SD/SDHC cards
  • Up to 3 hours of 48 kHz/32-bit PCM recording of 32 channels in one session, stored as uncompressed WAV files
  • 32-channel, bi-directional USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interface for studio and live recording
  • Independent operation of SD cards and USB recording/playback
  • Remote control via PC, Android or iPad apps, assignable controls or compatible hardware control surfaces, such as the BEHRINGER X-TOUCH
  • Dual SD card slots to keep virtual sound check and live performance files separately available or for extended recording time
  • Unique sample-synchronized automatic spanning feature allows extending a session across both SD cards for more than 12 hours of 8-track recording time non-stop
  • Instantaneous live playback with preload and markers in the console UI and remote apps
    Markers can be set on the fly for identifying song positions while recording or playing back
  • All markers can be edited directly in the console GUI
  • Allows employing PC “Plug-Ins” for outboard effects processing via USB
  • Channel routing can be stored and automated for record/playback
  • Secure file handling in the event of power blackout (optional CR123A Lithium cell required)
  • HUI/Mackie Control emulation for controlling of any compatible DAW software from the console surface
  • Compatible with CoreAudio on Mac OSX

Fully Internal Solution for Virtual Sound Checks

My favorite part about the Behringer X-Live is the fact you can easily install a Virtual Sound Check DAW without any additional external gear! For the churches or venues that don’t have the space for outboard computers with DAW software, this is going to be incredible!

The Behringer X-Live Videos!

Behringer X-Live – Video 1 – Introduction & Install

 

Behringer X-Live – Video 2 – X-Live Firmware Update

 

Behringer X-Live – Video 3 – Routing & Menu

 

Behringer X-Live – Video 4 – Assign Section Tip

 

Keep an eye out for more videos and tips for using this card!

58 Comments
  1. James says:

    I seriously was expecting more than this when i heard the word “expansion”
    All the Aux ins seems can’t be use if using the stage box, am i right?

    1. dbbaudio says:

      Great question James! Just like any of the other expansion cards, it is 32 input/32 output so if you wanted to have some of your aux inputs to show up on the card, you would need to route them there! You can route those via Routing>Card Out then select the aux instead of the XLR.

  2. Danny says:

    Hi Drew, thanks for the videos.
    Are there no rewind (fast rewind) or forward (fast forward) buttons?
    I also noticed that they skipped just being able to record 24 tracks as they go from 8 to 16 to 32. Yes we also wish that they would add a way of naming the tracks in the board it self. The only way I know is to do it with the computer.
    Many thanks for all the great info.

    1. dbbaudio says:

      Danny, I will have to double check on the fast forward and the rewind. It is possible they tucked those into the assign section of the board.

  3. Brad Schlueter says:

    Great videos on this new card. Newbie question: Is it possible to record with the X32 effects “printed” to the SD Card? Or playback through one card and record with effects to a second card?

    1. dbbaudio says:

      Thanks for the question Brad! You could use a few workarounds to record post fader, check them out on this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bANKiW9ysk. We are still limited to the routing of the board. Hopefully that helps you!

  4. Mark K. says:

    Are they planning on releasing a dual x-usb module. I could really use it for my churches live stream. One of them records the other one feeds the live stream.

    1. dbbaudio says:

      I don’t think so. But you could do this using Behringer X-DANTE card or the Waves X-WSG card. Dante would probably be the easier solution for your setup, but either of those cards would be able to place the audio in multiple locations using CAT5 and an associated network switch.

  5. John Belitsky says:

    Did I miss the price??

    1. dbbaudio says:

      The MSRP on it is $199!

  6. Bill says:

    Hey Drew, how about a video on how to use the virtual sound check,

    Thanks Bill

  7. Val B says:

    It is good for x32 or m32r too???

  8. David Smith says:

    Regarding a “Virtual Soundcheck”, are we still stuck with recording/playback in blocks of eight channels (1-8, 9-16, 17-24, 25-32)?

  9. Ric Donzell says:

    Hi Drew…
    1-Is there a Midas version of this card? (M32)
    2-Is it logistically feasible to us this card with the x32 Rack?
    3-Ans finally, are there controls for the iPad app?

  10. Vincent says:

    I currently use the x usb card to play Multitracks (backing tracks) through the board live. Will the new X Live card slot now allow me to record my live mix as well as my backing tracks to the SD card? As it stands now I can’t use the Xusb card for recording because it’s cureently being sourced to play my click and backing tracks. Sure hope I can take advantage of the card slot for this feature !

  11. Ron says:

    Hi Drew, will Tracks live from waves be able to “read” (import) the X-files in the recorded SD card in my macbook pro ? or only in reaper ?
    or can other DAW’s do that to ?
    thanx for your trouble

  12. Randall Chesbro says:

    If I’m recording my band and I want to cut between each song, how long does it take after hitting stop to be ready to record again?

  13. DANIEL G says:

    RELEASE DATE PLEASE

  14. DANIEL G says:

    Great videos

  15. Joe Garrad says:

    Hi Drew.
    Are you able to record to the USB thumb drive on the top of the board while also recording to the SD cards in the X-Live? Would be great to have redundant recordings without having to connect a laptop or other devices.

  16. JRITA says:

    I am very confused, can I record a raw (no fx) session to the SD Card (this of course can be done);
    but than can I play back the tracks from the card, pass them through FX and Inserts and send multitrack through USB to record processed multitracks on PC?
    I cannot do this with USB, the DAW must be on play or rec mode, so this might e a viable option or not?

  17. Geoff Chase says:

    Hey Drew. Thanks for the videos.

    If I’m recording 32 tracks both to a computer (via USB) and to a SD/SDHC card, the card will be a better copy of the show than the computer, right? (Or am I missing something?) The X-LIVE spec. says 32 bits for the card, but it’s awfully quiet about the USB interface. Are we to assume that the USB interface is 24 bits like on the X-USB and the X-UF before it?

  18. william drouillard says:

    Hi Drew one question can I use the x-live card in my Midas m32 console looks like I can but not sure want confirm before I purchase one
    Thanks in advance
    Bill

  19. Mark says:

    Hi, I just bought this “x-live card” (looks like) can this be used with M-32R? I bought it for my X-32, but have both mixers.
    Thanks Mark

  20. Cosalniceanu says:

    when and where from Europe we can buy this card? Thancks

  21. Jay Marr says:

    Drew these videos were SUPER helpful.
    I installed my X-Live, updated firmwares and was recording in under 30 minutes.
    Thank you for taking the time to make these videos!

  22. Bobby Carney Sr says:

    Hey Drew…
    Another great series of videos. Thank you.
    I have asked this question a couple times but maybe just not at the right place…. I realize you are to use Class 10 SD cards… but does a 95 speed offer any benefit vs. say 45? Again I really appreciate your help and your opinion.

  23. Alan Brown says:

    So it sounds like it’s all channels on record or all channels on playback, right? In other words you couldn’t be playing back some tracks while recording on others, such as in a studio session.

  24. Ben says:

    which SD card do you suggest? Is your basic run of the mill sandisk good enough provided it’s class 10? do the read/write speed matter much? i would think you’d want a higher read/write transfer rate, right? Thanks!

  25. Lance says:

    Will this card also work in the Midas M32r? Looks like there is a firmware update for the X 32 to use this card, I would think it would work but have not found any info on it.

  26. Lance says:

    oops just watched your first video and go the answer. I gotta get on of these asap.
    This looks interesting as well.
    http://www.musictri.be/brand/klarkteknik/home
    Looks like you can record at 96k with this box.

  27. Frankie says:

    As a new X32 user and sound tech, I have a very fundamental question. I have used the X32 factory delivered card USB port to record 16 tracks of our church band onto my Mac Book Pro using Garage Band software. I expected to be able to playback the 16 channels via the same USB and Garage Band for a virtual sound check. It seems that Garage Band cannot be used to playback the 16 channels. Is this correct? If the X32-GarageBand combo does not work, what is the cheapest solution available (software or hardware) for using my new X32 to record and playback multi-tracks for the purpose of virtual sound checks and training our sound techs on mixing quality?

  28. Evan says:

    Hi Drew, thanks for making these great videos, One question I have had for a while regarding usb multichannel recording/playback is as follows: Is it possible to use Logic Pro X to simultaneously record and playback audio into the front of house mix with Logic’s EQ/plugins? Thanks again.

  29. Mike says:

    I noticed several references to “You can record it into your computer by playing it back from the card and through the USB connection” and that the WAV files are multi-channel. Are the recorded individual WAV files going to be directly importable into a DAW via a card reader? Seems like extra steps, and I’d love to just grab a drive and go, like the Cymatic card. But, I’m in love with the price on this!

  30. CHRIS MACKETT says:

    Hi Drew!
    Brilliant videos, as always. I’ve said it before Drew, and I’m not embarassed to say it again –
    – You are one seriously talented guy, not just from an amazing knowledfe of every nut and bolt of the X32 “family”
    but also with the clarity and professionalism of your presentation! You really dont need me to say that ALL your efforts
    are genuinely appreciated.
    One quick point, Drew, I’ve registered ( obviously! 🙂 ) quite a while back and, though Ive tried more than half a dozen times,
    I cant get your Routing Worksheet to download. I get the impression that “it” thinks Ive done it already! As I say, I have tried, but without success.
    Thanks again Drew!

  31. Jesper Langeskov says:

    Is it possible to import a multitrack session from ex. Logic X to the SD card or do you have to start over..?

  32. JONATHAN BAIRES says:

    So am I correct to assume that this card will work with the midas 32 also?

  33. Mike says:

    Hi, after recording 32channels on both SD Cards I inserted the sd cards to my pc. How do I get a good overview which .wav file is representing wich channel file? Maybe there is a work around how to get each channel wav files into a pc nice and orderly?

  34. Yvan Piantella says:

    Hello Drew,
    Congratulations for your very interesting site!
    Have you ever heard of the problem I’m having?

    – on the screen I can read: SD-Card error 14.
    – available time of the card changes every ” 30 ” seconds.
    – sometimes the screen says ” protected card ”
    – the recording stops after a few seconds, then displays system error 14
    – I can not erase the recordings.

    Know that:
    I installed the latest firmware (X-LIVE & X32).
    tested 2 different sdhc and a sdxh.
    formatted fat32.
    the x32 utility format does not work.

    I returned the X-live card to order a new one, but the problem is the same …
    I also reset the console but no change …

    It’s a shame, because this card is super convenient!
    An idea?
    thank you for your reply

    Yvan

  35. Eric says:

    Is this card Behringer X Live will fit to Midas M32R?

  36. mark bell says:

    I have seen this statement repeatedly.
    “Allows employing PC “Plug-Ins” for outboard effects processing via USB”
    What does this mean?
    I can use my Waves plugins on individual channels via Waves Multirack?
    Where is the documentation for utilizing X-live card with outboard effects via USB?
    Have you tried using outboard effects with x-live card or know of anyone who has experimented with outboard effects with waves multirack?

  37. Joe says:

    I just got the x live card last week and installed it. It is working great, HOWEVER; when recording 32 tracks it automatically creates a new “take” after 11:39. I’m trying to record an hour set without multiple “takes”. Is that possible and if so, how do I do it?
    Thank you.

  38. Andy Shrimpton says:

    Hi Drew,

    Do you have any BRAND recommendations for the SD cards that you use?

    Cheers

  39. Tony Van Duyne says:

    Love the content. On your 4th video – at the 1:55 Mark – you played back audio, and it seemed like all the audio came through, even though your faders were down.

    My hope was during the playback – all the faders, EQ, compression, etc. were full functioning to try and mix it down or do virtual sound checks.

    Was your video misleading me?

  40. MICHAEL KOSLOWSKI says:

    is it possible to record from the usb interface to the sd-card.On the x32 x-live card? How would I route that? or can you point me to instructions

  41. Justin Fincher says:

    Is there a practice file to test playback? In hitting a brick wall on setup and I need to test with a known, working file. Also, is there a way, that doesn’t involve Reaper, to compress a working multitrack into. A PCM WAV?
    Great series of videos! Thanks for your work on this!

  42. heinz says:

    can i access the sd-cards from my computer via usb ? or with x32 edit over wifi ?
    or must i take the sd-card out of the behringer and put it in the sd-slot on the computer ?

    thks
    heinz

  43. Chet says:

    I was able to update the firmware to my X Live card, but I am not able to navigate to SETUP / CARD TAB! ideas?

  44. scott lewis says:

    Hello
    I have a compact x32
    I installed the new card and updated both board and wen through the routing but I am not able to record. I feel like I am missing a step or something real simple I’m missing. Please help

  45. Bob Roy says:

    Is it possible to use this as a tracks playback on my instrument channels and use live mics on the vocal channels.

  46. clement rodrigo says:

    how about setting a loop section feature so that its easy to tune my toms etc.

  47. Randy Hannold says:

    Fast forward and rewind on the X-live. I assigned an encoder to SD Recorder to mark position. When I pause I can now rotate the knob forward and back.

  48. kevin hinds says:

    Drew do you have a process on how to record the tracks out to an external DAW at the same time as recording to the X-live card at the same time.. ( i believe you said somewhere you can do this) its also a way to backup at the same time. as a musician im always not at the desk when your playing or recording and ive had drops outs. and lost the chance to get that one and only recording. (if you get my meaning)..also is it possible to playback channels into a pc DAW or only transfer via the flash card..i love my x32 compact but sometimes i just need to use it as a recording mixer in my studio.. do you have a video on this?

  49. kevin hinds says:

    ps Question If i record post eq does it also mean that when during playback its going through the post eq again? on the X-live card. i wondering if it better to tap into record pre instead of post so as not to get post twice . or does it playback differently?

  50. Charles says:

    Hello! this card is fantastic for virtual sound check on the x32. It is amazing for that purpose and works well. What does NOT work well is trying to take the files and use them in a Mac in Logic Pro X. I can drag the single wave file into the DAW and it will “explode” out to 32 completely unusable tracks full of noise and static. I have done this with both sample rates 44.1 and 48.0 with the same results. It sound like the volume is recorded to the maximum and the result is only distortion. What am I missing?

  51. James says:

    Great videos! Is it limited to 32gb cards or can it handle 64gb or 128gb cards too?

  52. Terry says:

    I have a Klark Teknik DB32-LIVE card on order for my M32. Can I use you great videos above to install and work with this card? Thanks.

  53. Keith Mason says:

    currently I record with the tascam dp-24 w/SD card. is it possible to take the recordings on the tascam dp-24 SD card and use that same card in
    the X32 SD card expansion module?

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