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Behringer X AIR X18 Digital Desktop Mixer  

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The revolutionary X18 is a powerhouse 18 input/12 bus digital desktop mixer that also serves as the launch pad for your favorite computer tablet “ including iPad and Android tablets. It is ideally sui... Read More

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Overview

The revolutionary X18 is a powerhouse 18 input/12 bus digital desktop mixer that also serves as the launch pad for your favorite computer tablet “ including iPad and Android tablets. It is ideally suited for both live and studio applications, thanks to its 16 award-winning MIDAS-designed mic preamps, convenient integrated Wi-Fi module for wireless control “ and a lightning-fast, bidirectional USB Audio Interface. The freedom to move around and manipulate all parameters of your mix with the free iOS and PC apps lets you dial in the perfect sound from anywhere in the venue “ or the tracking room.

MIDAS “ The Legend in Sound Quality
Ever since its formation in the 1970s, MIDAS has had a long history of innovation and leadership in the world of audio mixing consoles. Employed by the most famous touring acts and installations worldwide, legendary MIDAS consoles such as the XL4 and Heritage H3000 quickly became industry standards.

MIDAS has earned their impeccable reputation due to their no-compromise approach for audio and build quality and in particular for their Award-winning Mic Preamps which are considered by industry experts as the industry™s best sounding designs. Building on this legacy, the X18 and PRO Series of Live Mixing Systems continue this great heritage of Award-winning audio quality.

Built-In Tri-Mode Wi-Fi Router
Designed for the ultimate in mobility, the X18 comes with an integrated Wi-Fi module for direct control of your mixer™s functions “ without the need to setup and configure an external router. The X18 gives you the freedom to focus on your mix, while allowing you to move about the venue to experience what every part of the audience is hearing. Plus you can adjust live monitor wedges from the artist™s perspective “ or better yet, let them mix their own IEMs and floor monitors via their own tablets.

Recording Simplified
The incredibly fast and comprehensive 18 x 18 channel, bi-directional USB interface makes the X18 an amazingly powerful digital mixing solution for recording directly to your iPad or PC. Dial in the perfect monitoring mix with effects and zero-latency, while sending up to 16 microphone signals “ and the keyboard player™s MIDI notes to your DAW for recording.

Whether you'e making rock history in the studio, or you want to capture intimate live performances “ it™s never been easier to record stunning tracks with exceptional clarity.

Revolutionary Auto-Mixing
When your application calls for a multiple-microphone setup, such as an onstage panel discussion, press conference or courtroom proceeding, etc., it can become a challenge to maintain so many open mics “ and preserve maximum gain and priority for the moderator.

Behringer's X AIR Gain Sharing technology can easily manage fully automated mixes with several live microphones. Based on the legendary Dan Dugan automix system, the X18™s gain sharing paradigm automatically controls the levels of all selected microphones in real time, without any gating artifacts or noise modulation.

This function dramatically reduces the typical feedback, studio noise and comb filtering challenges that can occur when two, or more mics are in close proximity of each another. X AIR Gain Sharing technology provides a consistent system gain structure, even when multiple speakers are talking at the same time.

4 Onboard X32 Effects Engines
Equipped with the very same FX engines as the X32 Digital Mixing Console, the onboard virtual FX Rack provides access to four true-stereo (8 mono), multi-effects processors including delay, chorus, dynamics “ plus the X18 can run production-quality, true-stereo reverbs concurrently with 31-band EQ on the main and aux buses, all without the need for any additional hardware.

You can select any combination of high-end simulations of legendary studio effects, such as the Lexicon 480L and PCM70, as well as the EMT250 and Quantec QRS reverbs. Onboard processing means your computer doesn™t have to do the heavy lifting during a mixing session with DAW plugins as the X18 has a whole studio of FX under its hood.

Custom-designed, and physically modeled after some of the most iconic and sought after processors, all effects run inside the low-latency environment of the X32 mix engine, ensuring flawless performance, flexible routing and the end of cable faults forever.

High-End FX Racks at Your Finger Tips
The X18 incorporates a vast collection of high-end FX racks available at a moment's notice. These effects emulate some of the most popular and sought after audio-processing effects coveted by top mixing engineers around the world. Choose from over 20 effects each fully capable performers in both live and studio environments.

100-Band RTA for all Channel/ Bus EQ™s
The X18 includes a high-resolution 100-band Real Time Analyzer (RTA), with full Bar and Spectrograph views. This high-resolution RTA displays the audio energy distribution in 100 frequency bands over time “ capturing a sonogram window of a full 10 seconds.

Switch between the Large RTA view, displaying any available signal in full screen resolution, or the Combined RTA view shown above each of the channel and bus EQ curves “ and see the results of your filtering choices. Additionally, the RTA can be displayed on top of the 31-band graphic EQs in the Main LR or Aux buses.

16 Channels of Personal Monitoring
Behringer's ULTRANET connectivity allows you to send 16 digital sources over a lightweight and easy-to-deploy Cat 5 cable to P16-D Digital ULTRANET Distributors, or directly to P16-M Personal Monitor Mixers. This powerful and advanced technology makes it easy for individual performers to create their own œmore me mix “ and frees you up to put on your best show. ULTRANET also provides the perfect conduit for sending your mix to the new TURBOSOUND iQ Series loudspeakers, which can tap into the 16-channel digital bus directly.

Uncompromised Channel Processing
The X18 allows you to achieve the same incredible level of EQ finesse as the award-winning X32 thanks to its 100-band Real Time Analyzer, which is built into every input channel and bus EQ. Visual feedback built into the control app allows you to see and make fast, surgical adjustments to frequencies in need of a boost or a cut.

Every input channel also features Low-Cut, 4-band fully parametric EQ and the same Gate and Compressor dynamics suite found in the X32 “ with one very special addition; you can choose either Expert or Simple functionality. In Expert mode, you can drill down and get your hands on every nuance of your dynamics. Or, if you'e more of the plug-and-play type, Simple mode lets you either select from one of 4 carefully optimized presets “ or load your own channel templates. Add to this 40-Bit, floating-point DSP and you'll experience virtually "unlimited" dynamic range with no internal overload and near-zero overall latency.

In addition to the Main L/R bus for Front of House, 6 Aux buses are provided for dialing in the perfect monitor mixes, or creating a dedicated mix for your USB stereo recording “ complete with inserts, dynamics, and either a 6-band parametric EQ or 31-band graphic EQ. And if all these outstanding EQ options put a smile on your face, you™ll love it even more when we tell you that 100-band RTAs are available for these, too!

MIDI In/Out for Live Performance Controllers
The physical MIDI I/O port on the X18 mixer can also be used for connecting external MIDI controllers, such as our X-TOUCH or B-CONTROL products, for dynamically controlling channel level, muting and panorama adjustments during your performance. And since the full-featured X18 also supports the Mackie Control protocol, you easily apply comprehensive remote editing and parameter adjustments via any compatible MIDI devices.

X AIR EDIT (PC/Mac/Linux)
If your application requires a computer for BEHRINGER X AIR mixer remote control, the X AIR EDIT was made just for you. Simply copy and launch the free software with your computer, connect to the mixer via its built-in Ethernet (LAN) connector using a Cat 5 cable (max. 100 m length) “ and all X AIR mixer functions are instantly mirrored on your computer screen. Since your PC screen is larger than the one on your telephone, X AIR EDIT allows you to open and scale more app windows, such as for routing or FX editing “ letting you decide how much information you need at a glance. All touch screens are supported, or you can use a mouse to adjust your physical mixer™s settings. You can even control multiple mixers remotely from a single computer, or create several strategically placed computer stations to control the same mixer. With X AIR EDIT, your PC, Linux or Mac computer becomes your virtual mixer “ both live and in the studio!

X AIR for iPad
Front of House is wherever you and your iPad are “ thanks to the new X AIR app for iPad. Simply download the free app to your iPad, set the BEHRINGER X AIR mixer to Access Point mode and connect your iPad to the X18 network that will show up. After launching the X AIR app, select the mixer image, and all of your X AIR mixer™s settings can now be adjusted directly from your iPad. You can save your favorite scenes, and load previously stored scenes and presets to/from your iPad or customize your channel layout “ all with the support of innovative drag ™n™ drop functionality.

Download the free X AIR App for iPad from the Apple App Store.

X AIR for Android
Designed specifically for all Android mobile devices (2.2 or higher), which includes tablets and smartphones, the app can be used in one of two modes: full access mixing mode; or bound to a specific aux bus for creating personal monitor mixes remotely on BEHRINGER X AIR mixers. Using this free and easy to learn app, each performer can use their Android device to dial-in the perfect personal IEM or wedge monitor mix, without having to consult the audio engineer for assistance. With the X AIR MIX App for Android, personal monitor mixing just got a whole lot more personal “ both live and in the studio! But it doesn™t stop there “ in full access mixing mode, the app provides control over all channel processing including the RTA overlay, effects editing, storing/loading scenes or presets, and much more “ whether you'e running a 12" tablet or a 5" smartphone.

Features
  • Format
  • Analog/digital: Digital
  • Analog inputs
  • Total: 18
  • Mic preamps: 16
  • XLR/TRS combo jacks: 16
  • XLR only jacks: No
  • 1/4" only jacks: No
  • RCA (stereo pair): 1
  • Phantom power: Yes (+48V)
  • Analog outputs
  • Main XLR out: 2
  • Main 1/4" out: No
  • Aux XLR: No
  • Aux 1/4": 6
  • RCA (stereo pair): 1
  • Headphone: 1
  • Onboard effects
  • Compression: Yes
  • Reverb: Yes
  • Delay: Yes
  • Chorus/flange: Yes
  • Equalization
  • Type: Virtual
  • Bands per channel: 4
  • Treble: Yes
  • High midrange: Yes
  • Sweep high midrange: Yes
  • Midrange: Yes
  • Sweep midrange: Yes
  • Low midrange: Yes
  • Sweep Low midrange: Yes
  • Low: Yes
  • Q: Yes
  • Low cut: Yes
  • Master graphic: 31-band
  • Inserts/buses
  • Inserts (channel): Not applicable
  • Inserts (master): Not applicable
  • Buses: 12
  • Sub groups: 2
  • Connectivity
  • USB: Yes
  • FireWire: No
  • WiFi: Yes
  • ADAT: No
  • Thunderbolt: No
  • S/PDIF No
  • MIDI: Yes
  • Other
  • Width: Info not available
  • Height: Info not available
  • Depth: Info not available
  • Weight: Info not available
  • Automation: Yes
  • Fader type: Virtual
  • Motorized faders: No
  • Bundled software: No
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BehringerX AIR X18 Digital Desktop Mixer
 
4.9

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (7)
  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Simple controls (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Performances (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Soundtracks (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lots of Extras

By Pastor K

from Rocky Ford, CO

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

  • No iPhone App

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording
  • Soundtracks

Comments about Behringer X AIR X18 Digital Desktop Mixer:

I have been in the music ministry for about 30 years and have not found a more able mixer for under a thousand dollars. I did a lot of research prior to making my purchase, including mixers from PreSonus, Yamaha, Mackie, SoundCraft and many others - for the number of features and budget under $1,000 this unit stands alone.

It can be used for live sound mixing, combination live/pre-recorded mixing, live recording while mixing and is just as at home in a small studio serving as your audio interface.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Impressive Digital Mixer a Must to have

By GuitarWill

from Ladera Ranch, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Features
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Behringer X AIR X18 Digital Desktop Mixer:

      It's the best sounding digital mixer for the price. I have been the sound guy for our band for many years and we used Mackie 16 channel mixer. There's a night and day difference as far as the sound is concerned. The members of the band noticed the huge difference in sound. It took a bit of time for me to learn how to use all the incredible features of this mixer. The online tutorials helped me a lot. I would suggest though to buy a router to secure your Wi-Fi connection specially when you are in a very large event that's crowded with a lot of people who are crowding the Wi-Fi environment in the same area you are in. The router will secure your wireless Wi-Fi connection without interrupting your mixing control.
      I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a digital mixer that will hugely improve your overall sound.

       
      5.0

      Excellent Product

      By James

      from Atlanta GA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Behringer X AIR X18 Digital Desktop Mixer:

        Easy to use and sounds great. Well constructed and portable. My only complaint is the wasted space to accommodate the I-pad. I've decided to exchange it for the XR18.

         
        5.0

        X AIR X18 Digital Desktop Mixer

        By DK Kadence

        from Huntington Beach, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Music Videos

          Comments about Behringer X AIR X18 Digital Desktop Mixer:

          I love the ipad interface, really easy to use, plug and play kind of feeling. it definitely meets my requirements, I am pro DJ, I can control everything completely remotely, I can seat far away from my DJ system and tune up the sound without having to go back and forth.

           
          5.0

          Great stuff

          By Mojomusic

          from Canton Ga

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Performances

            Comments about Behringer X AIR X18 Digital Desktop Mixer:

            Awesome mixer with ability to multitrack. Was easy to connect and I'm just scratching the surface of what it is capable of. Fantastic pre amps which is key for good recording. Can run it wirelessly with various devices (tablet, computer) which is very nice. I've had no problem with the internal wifi and don't lose connection. Wish there was iPhone support for monitor mix like the x32 has and a real manual would be nice, but so far no problem finding what I needed on wiki or the tube.

             
            5.0

            Very good product!

            By Pqt

            from Lima, PE

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Performances
              • Soundtracks

              Comments about Behringer X AIR X18 Digital Desktop Mixer:

              Very nice mixer. It has everything you need to record your demos, band practice and live shows. And also great for using it as a monitor mixer on stage.

               
              5.0

              Great deal

              By Tom

              from Littleton, CO

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about X AIR X18 Digital Desktop Mixer:

              Works very well, even with the relatively small screen on my android phone - amazingly great deal

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Very versatile mixer

              By Indiana

              from Houston, Texas

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Excellent Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances
                • Soundtracks

                Comments about Behringer X AIR X18 Digital Desktop Mixer:

                Use it mostly for recording at live gigs, incredibly versatile routing, great sound. Only cons are 1. turn your amps/monitors down or off before turning this thing on or you'll hear a horrendous bang from the speakers. and 2 I much prefer the android app over the IOS version (which is not finished yet and just seems clunkier to use live),

                 
                5.0

                Behringer superiority

                By Frank

                from North Carolina

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Controls
                • Compact
                • Excellent Sound
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Performances
                  • Soundtracks

                  Comments about Behringer X AIR X18 Digital Desktop Mixer:

                  This is an awesome and compact multifaceted machine. The controllability and versatility are incomparable for the cost.

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