Sonic LAB: Behringer X32 Review Part 2

Your questions answered   14-Aug-12

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First up thanks for the great responses to the first part of this video, I’ve tried to  answer most points, either in the comments or in this video.  But there were a couple of things I just couldn't test - namely the AES50 and P16 connectivity and routing - as I don't have any of that hardware here. If I do get hold of some before they come to take this desk away (a sad day indeed) I will post another video. Additionally, some questions came in after I'd finished this, again, I may be able to address those in a separate video, time allowing.

Aside from your questions, I wanted to demonstrate the sound by running a mic though a channel - and so I used our trusty sE Electronics Voodoo VR-1 Ribbon which is demanding of any mic preamp, and ran that through the EQ, compression and gate as well as some of the effects.

Then the rest of the video was down to answering the points raised in the comments to our previous video.

Bottom line is that I am pretty blown away by the features and design of this desk, Behringer clearly wanted to do something special here to boost their reputation and I think they have done so. There are some fair criticisms - a few minor operational niggles, no easy way to flatten the EQ, no quick way to pair channels or copy and paste between them, but the only real major gripe is in the clocking area - aside from the limitation that it only goes to 48kHz, you just cannot easily clock the X32 to an external source. Apart from the S16 AES50 digital snake, if you wanted to run the desk from any other existing audio hardware, there just isn't presently a way. Behringer have told me that there are plans to address this with perhaps an AES50 peripheral that will take wordclock, or other expansion cards, but nothing concrete that they will commit to any dates for.

In a live scenario, this doesn't present much of a problem, and I feel that this is perhaps where the desk will really shine at first. But it does also have a place in the studio, the included FireWire/USB audio interface board enables connection to the computer. Indeed the control surface implementation also helps considerably.

But simply, you won’t find these features on desks costing several times more than this - especially the audio networking aspect, and the inclusion of 32 mic preamps gives you plenty of inputs. We’ll see what sort of other interface cards are coming on stream to enhance that.

Frankly, I’m very impressed - it's a lot of desk for the money, whether it's live or for the studio.



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JesseJ    Said...

Nice demo. Nice desk. Behringer should have released this as a Midas desk, not as a Behringer desk.

Sadly, the Behringer name is not something anyone would want to offer their clients or put on a raider list... even if the product would be pure gold.

14-Aug-12 05:47 AM

Hugo    Said...

Great review Nick, thanks! would love to see how the person monitor system is working with the x32. And see how the usb recording is working. thanks.

14-Aug-12 02:09 PM

Rapscallion    Said...

Great job on this in-depth demo Nick.I appreciate the lack of "dead air" in your reviews as compared to most as well. I'd written Behringer off as cheap crap ages ago after hearing their 1604 knockoff mixer (I've blocked the actual model # out of my mind). This actually makes me reconsider them as not a lost cause,but I must concur with JesseJ that it would be a tough sell for a client on a name basis alone.Midas has a killer rep in the live scene and Behringer..not so much.Hard to think that detail escaped the PR department .Jeez even a little Midas logo or a new company name for the joint venture or somethin! Maybe its not too late ;) But from the review it looks like you could do worse with your 3gs

14-Aug-12 04:31 PM

Sunny Jim    Said...

Great review Nick, well done. Compact, informed and to the point.

15-Aug-12 07:12 AM

Atomic Shadow    Said...

So it doesn't hiss like a cat like my Xeynx 2442?

15-Aug-12 09:32 PM

Joe Sample    Said...

Well to the clocking situation, if it was possiable, you could take a word clock like the big bed from apogee and run it over aes/ebu. I don' know if it is possiable. I wish i had the mixer but don't. The perfect setup in my mind is to to have inputs fed through an apogee symphony i/o, and in to the x 32. And the big ben to clock it together. My email is if you have any response to my suggestion.

15-Aug-12 10:20 PM

Chris    Said...

awesome video. Thanks for taking your time for this. it help a lot. I have a question, maybe you can help me with this. Every time you hear something with a different sample rate in the studio you have to turn the x32 off.... why is that . Do you think that there will be a firmware update that will fix this? or do you think it will always be that way. also can you talk about the quality of the mic preamp.. like the overhead specs.

21-Aug-12 01:05 AM

jbrawn    Said...

1) I've got a situation where I really need to have 10 inputs on the mixer, 12 on one S-16 and 10 on another S-16. It sounds from the manual that I can only assign input channels in groups of 8. Any work around? 2) Can I change input channel routing as part of a scene? Can one scene use 8 channels from S-16 "A" and 16 from "B", and another scene use 16 channels from "A" and 8 from "B"?

10-Sep-12 11:59 AM

creativemusicians    Said...

Great review for X32. We got this digital mixer not a long ago (after weighting 6 month to be shipped) and blown away with all features. We got excited and baked our own reviews. Here some of them.

part 1- part 2- part 3- part 4- part 5-

27-Sep-12 01:44 PM

Tim    Said...

There is a "reset" button on the EQ section that flattens it instantly. Also, by "no way to pair channels" do you mean simply linking the faders? On the home page of each channel, pushing the far left rotary encoder will link the selected fader to the one on its right.

17-Nov-12 05:27 PM

weston    Said...

Hey, nice clear info in such a short space. Can you put a internal compressor or limiter across a bus. For instance bus 1&2 that contain a drum mix.. I was told that you cant & need to use external outboard for this.. This would be a sticking point for me.. Cheers

24-Nov-12 06:32 PM

Kenny    Said...

Xlnt review! Thank you so much! I was ready to part with twice as much money for an Allen & Heath GLD when I was recommended this desk by none other than John Cornfield who those in he know will associate his engineering and recording skills with Oasis, the Muse, Supergrass and loads of others. He says he thinks its a better desk. So take that as Gospel! It's the story of Skoda all over again! The answer is to save your money, buy this desk, cover the Behringer name with your bands sticker, (Tango in the Night ( in our case...!) Until Behringer become like Skoda, socially acceptable again and reap the benefits if a superb desk!

16-Dec-12 07:48 PM

Rene    Said...

Is there a faster way to copy/paste graphic and parametric EQs than going to the library?

03-Mar-13 05:43 AM

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