Behringer announces 32-channel digital mixing console
Behringer has announced the development of its X32 digital mixing console.
The X32 will feature 40 processing channels and 25 mix buses, all equipped with dynamics, EQ and inserts and a convenient top panel USB port is provided for recording an uncompressed two-channel “board mix” straight to any standard USB thumb drive.
Other features of the X32 include 32 high-end programmable mic preamps; six Aux Inputs on ¼-inch TRS; 16 balanced XLR outputs; six balanced Line I/O on ¼-inch TRS connectors; dual Phones outputs; Main LCR (Left, Center, Right) output; 16 mix buses and six independent Matrix Mixes with Inserts, 6-band parametric EQ and dynamics processing (also configurable as subgroups). A single Cat-5 cable from FOH to the stage can receive up to 48 channels of audio input and deliver all bus outputs, along with 16 individual monitor feeds for Behringer’s new P16 personal monitoring system.
The onboard virtual FX Rack provides access to eight true-stereo, multi-effects processors (16 mono) including delay, chorus, dynamics – and it can run four production quality true-stereo reverbs concurrently with eight channels of 31-band graphic equalisation.
X32’s scene management allows snapshots of high-level production mixes to be captured and recalled for future use, or saved to a USB stick. A dedicated custom control section, with 36 user-definable knobs and buttons, allows the operator to create their own set of controls.
Future expansion and connectivity capabilities are provided via an integrated card slot, which allows the addition of up to 32 channels of digital audio I/O by way of IEE1394 FireWire, ADAT Toslink or USB.
Behringer has released the Powerplay P16 digital personal monitoring. Levels can be adjusted for up to 16 source signals, as well as Pan (left to right mix), EQ (Bass, Mid with sweepable Freq control and Treble), and much more. The manufacturer reports a basic installation, consisting of a single P16-I audio interface and up to six P16-M personal mixers, creates a system big enough to equip a typical recording studio, or a small to medium-sized band, or worship team.
All components connect via Cat-5e cables. An optional P16-MB mounting bracket allows the P16-M Digital Personal Mixer to be attached to any standard microphone, music or drum stand. The system can be expanded via the P16-D digital Ultranet distributor, six of which can be combined to drive up to 48 P16-M personal mixers.
The manufacturer has also released the FBQ1000 Feedback Destroyer, which it claims is the fastest feedback suppressor on the market, with a response time of less than 0.2s. Thanks to its feedback detection algorithm, the FBQ1000 automatically locates up to 12 feedback frequencies per channel. The algorithm then sets notch filters of up to 1/60th of an octave to ‘destroy’ feedback frequencies. A single FBQ1000 can protect against feedback in both mono PA mains and a monitor mix.
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