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The compact Behringer X1204USB mixing console takes the 1204FX up a notch, providing all the same great features, plus Behringer's 24-bit, dual engine FX processor, with 16 editable, studio-grade pres... Read More

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Overview

The compact Behringer X1204USB mixing console takes the 1204FX up a notch, providing all the same great features, plus Behringer's 24-bit, dual engine FX processor, with 16 editable, studio-grade presets including reverb, chorus, flanger, delay, pitch shifter and multi-effects. User-definable parameters include reverb time and brilliance, delay room size and repetitions, modulation depth and speed, and much more. The audio mixer's time-based functions can be addressed via a handy Tap button. The most recent parameter settings are always stored in memory.

The Behringer XENYX USB mixers are designed to handle your live gigs, and they provide the state-of-the-art tools you need to make stunning, professional-quality recordings. Along with their built-in USB/audio interfaces, XENYX USB mixing consoles come with all the recording and editing software you'll need to turn your computer system into a complete, high-performance home recording studio.

Sonically Superior Mic Preamps
The Behringer XENYX X1204USB mixers have one thing in common-great-sounding, high headroom XENYX mic preamps. These state-of-the-art mic pres represent a major step in the evolution of audio technology-and they can easily hold their own, even when compared to the most expensive standalone mic preamps. XENYX preamps offer a staggering 130dB of dynamic range, with a bandwidth that extends from below 10Hz to well above 200kHz. Armed with these outstanding mic preamps, Behringer XENYX audio mixers provide such transparent, crystal-clear performance you just might think someone upgraded your mics while you weren't looking.

Sublimely Musical British EQ
The British mixing consoles of the 1960s and '70s changed the sound of rock-and-roll-without them the British Invasion might not have happened. Those legendary mixing desks soon became the envy of engineers and producers all over the world. The channel EQ on Behringer's XENYX mixers is based on that very same circuitry, allowing you to imbue signals with incredible warmth and detailed musical character. Even when applied generously, these equalizers exhibit sweet forgiveness and superb audio quality.

One-Knob Compression
Ask professional sound engineers what their favorite piece of external processing gear is and the majority response will be virtually unanimous-dynamic compression. What is compression? Compression essentially limits the dynamic range of a signal, lowering the level of loud sounds and turning up softer sounds, to achieve sonic balance. But applying compression is a delicate art that many novice, and even intermediate, sound techs have great difficulty mastering. Behringer's "one-knob" compression is available on all mono channels and is easy to operate, even for entry-level users. With this one knob, you can easily dial in the perfect amount of compression for instruments and vocals, creating powerful mixes with punch and clarity. This is indeed a rare feature for affordable mixers in this class-but standard on all Behringer XENYX USB mixers.

Effective FX
The X1204USB USB mixer features Behringer's 24-bit dual engine FX processor, with 16 editable, studio-grade presets including reverb, chorus, flanger, delay, pitch shifter and multi-effects. Complete with a highly accurate input meter, these effects can be altered to your personal taste via the Parameter control. Time-based functions can be entered manually by pressing the Tap button in tempo with the music.

Recording Bliss
There was a time when the recording process called for lots and lots of expensive gear, which meant the average musician had to buy time at a recording studio-and that time was pricey indeed. But modern technology has put personal recording well within the reach of virtually anyone with access to a computer. How do you get all that music flying around your brain into your computer? That's where XENYX USB mixers come in. Thanks to the built-in, bi-directional stereo USB audio interface, you can connect any of these mixers directly to your PC or Mac computer via a single USB cable. Now any signal source you connect to the mixer can be recorded directly to your hard drive. Which brings us to software┬Ž

Free Would Be Nice!
Because you'll want to take full advantage of the Behringer XENYX USB mixers recording and podcasting potential, we've thrown in a massive software package that includes Audacity (the most popular open source audio editor), Podifier, Juice, Podnova and Golden Ear (a great selection of podcasting software). You're ready to go live on your PC or Mac computer right out of the box! You also get more than 100 virtual instruments and 50 FX plug-ins, turning your computer into a complete home-based or mobile recording studio from input to output.

energyXT2.5 Compact Behringer Edition Included
When you're ready to take your recording projects to the next level, XT Software's energyXT is just the trick. This DAW (digital audio workstation) makes it easy to manipulate your audio and MIDI files, turning song ideas into stunning CD or Web-ready recordings. energyXT includes its own multi-FX processor, plus a built-in synthesizer/sampler and a drum machine, both of which can be accessed directly via an external controller (such as Behringer's UMA25S) or programmed in step-write mode.

Features
  • Format
  • Analog/digital: Analog
  • Analog inputs
  • Total: 10
  • Mic preamps: 4
  • XLR/TRS combo jacks: Not applicable
  • XLR only jacks: 4
  • 1/4" only jacks: 8
  • RCA (stereo pair): 1
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Analog outputs
  • Main XLR out: 2
  • Main 1/4" out: 2
  • Aux XLR: None
  • Aux 1/4": 2
  • RCA (stereo pair): 1
  • Headphone: 1
  • Onboard effects
  • Compression: No
  • Reverb: Yes
  • Delay: Yes
  • Chorus/flange: Yes
  • Equalization
  • Bands per channel: 3
  • Treble: Yes
  • High midrange: No
  • Sweep high midrange: No
  • Midrange: Yes
  • Sweep midrange: No
  • Low midrange: No
  • Sweep Low midrange: No
  • Low: Yes
  • Q: No
  • Low cut: No
  • Master graphic: None
  • Inserts/buses
  • Inserts (channel): None
  • Inserts (master): No
  • Buses: None
  • Sub groups: None
  • Connectivity
  • USB: Yes
  • FireWire: No
  • WiFi: No
  • ADAT: No
  • Thunderbolt: No
  • S/PDIF No
  • MIDI: No
  • Other
  • Width x height x depth: 10.6 x 3.8 x 12.9"
  • Weight: 8.4 lbs.
  • Automation: No
  • Fader type: 60mm
  • Motorized faders: No
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1 year warranty. 3 year warranty if registered within 90 days of purchase.


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BehringerXENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects
 
4.7

(based on 10 reviews)

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Pros

  • Compact (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Performances (3)

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5.0

Excellent product!

By pianomanandydee

from south carolina

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Music Videos
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording
    • Soundtracks

    Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

    Great product at an even better price!!!

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    5.0

    Probably the Best Intro Mixer I Could've Bought

    By Mike

    from Goldsboro, NC

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Accurate Controls
    • Compact
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Difficult Instructions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

    So, I'll say that I'm very new to the sound engineering world. I'm working on recording my own music and was looking for a board that was nicer than a base model, but still basic enough to suit the minimal use I would be doing. I didn't want to drop a ton in it, but wanted quality.

    The more I read about Behringer, the more scared I got. "Their preamps suck," "Their functions are really limited" and "Should spend your money on something reliable" plagued all of the comment sections about Behringer products and forums. I'm here to tell you that the board I purchased pleased me to the point that I wanted to write a review, so that maybe a newbie, like me, could read it and understand its functions better.

    Behringer did a terrible job at something, though. The instructions. They give very basic points on setup. They do not, however, thoroughly explain the aux sends/returns, pathways for the sends and/or FX processor. They kind of lead you to figure out some by trial and error, which is easy if you have some knowledge of soundboards.

    I learned most of what I picked up about this board from the multitude of YouTube videos on setup. Keep in mind that you should sift through the information and cherry pick what you need. Some people have good parts with bits of bad/misinformation purported. For example, one video purported that "only two inputs are recorded to the computer." This is, in general, true, however, those inputs are left and right, not two individual channels, as he pointed to. The audio out is recorded L and R, but it is the main mix, which is whatever you have mixed together.

    All in all, I'm very happy about this purchase. A co-worker, who works with FAR more expensive boards with amazing features, helped me to figure out what all was happening and how to get the best use out of my board.

    If you simply pay attention to where signal is coming from and where it's going to, this board is nothing to figure out.

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    4.0

    Great overall mixer

    By SteveOfAustin

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

    I will occassionally be using this mixer for Stage performance, but more often use it at home when my musician friends come over to Jam. I have used it for Karaoke, Studio, and Band practice. It seems to have sturdy construction. The FX only has 3 settings that utilize a 2-FX combo, otherwise the FX are only 1 at a time - across all channels. Overall, a very decent product.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    More than I really expected

    By George Schuler

    from West Palm Beach, Florida

    Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

    After much research for a compact mixer that would do want I needed, this product was selected. I am a drummer and want to run my Roland V-Series set through this mixer into QSC speakers and sub; along with having a monitor feed from sound board and click in my headphones; also to have when I play my DW acoustic set for additional microphones, etc. I thought what I was trying to do was going to be rather complicated, but with the help of another person in my band that is very brilliant with sound gear, etc, we put this thing together and it is "rocking my world". This is the 2nd Behringer product and completely satisfied.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A really good option

    By kenny croes

    from Bandon, Oregon

    Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

    I sometimes hear Behringer equipment disparaged, but I have always been impressed with how sturdy, affordable and utilitarian their products are. The Behringer X1204USB is an excellent choice, affordably positioned between similar Alesis, Mackie and Allen & Heath products. I'm using it as a PA mixer with powered speakers. The effects are pleasing and the channel features are very useful. Though I might choose my virtual effects in a computer recording environment, I would not hesitate to use the mixer for routing in my home studio. And the warranty on the product is three years. Go with Behringer. Forget the naysayers.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good little mixer, with an irritating limitation

    By CHRIS JOHANSEN

    from Bothell, WA

    Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

    Just picked up this mixer and a bunch of other gear from Guitar Center in Kirkland, WA. The guys there are great, Matt, Ryan, Devon, Mike, Pete, all know their stuff & have been very helpful and friendly. This mixer is a pretty decent little box, sounds good, easy to use, fairly well built. Perfect for a podcaster or very basic studio setup. I expected to have to spend time troubleshooting buzzes & hisses, but everything sounded great right out of the box. Had to adjust for latency by about +50ms in my software, but other than that it's been a breeze. The effects are fun (especially the pitch shift, the kids love it) but are only particularly useful if you are doing live audio. You're limited to only one effect at a time, and they have a very digital/synthetic sound to them (in my opinion) and are a bit on the heavy side. There are better options available in software for those who are using it for recording. Now for the irritating limitation: the Alt3/4 and Mute button are combined into one. This seems to mean, and correct me if I'm wrong, that if you're using the Alt3/4 like I am (to send to an external sampler), there really is no mute button. Secondly, the "mute" button doesn't completely mute the channel - even with the mute button on, the channel is still sent through the FX processor and the effects are heard in the main mix if you have the FX send turned up. Because of that simple limitation, I'm already thinking now about upgrading to the similar x1622USB because it does have separate mute and sub functions, two extra stereo channels, and better control over what is sent over the subs. And it's only $40 more! I like this mixer, I do, so I hate to recommend against buying it, but $40 more just isn't that much. I'm actually surprised Behringer even bothered to make the x1204USB with such a similarly priced, better equipped big-brother.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome mixer for the price!!

    By Vumile Ncube

    from Niles, Michigan

    Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

    This is a great mixer for the price. I use it with my mobile DJ rig and for recording. I can't be more pleased with this product.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect Fit

    By Ed

    from Brownstown, MI

    Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

    Okay so to set the tone here I am pretty new to making/recording music. I've been pretty serious about playing the guitar for a little over a year now having toyed with it in the past. I have a passion for singing as well and am taking lessons for both. So obviously along the way I needed to invest in some equipment to record and measure my progress. Plus, well, it's just cool stuff. I purchase a Presonus Audio box USB mixer which worked well and came with some decent software. Around the same time a friend of mine gave me an older model Behringer powered mixer similar to this one, but no USB, to try out. I got hooked. So I sold the Presonus and purchased this unit which gives me the inputs I need (the one I borrowed had twice the number) and USB connection for my laptop. I cannot be more pleased. It's a solid well-built unit. All the controls, knobs and sliders are high quality with a good solid feel. The unit is very easy to use. Which is good because the included documentation is weak at beast. But you can download a much better manual from the Behringer web site. Why it�ۡ���s not included with the unit is beyond me. I have a set of KRK Rokit Powered monitors and Shure Beta 58A mic that complete my setup. All the components work well together. I did not scrimp on the cables either and get no noticeable noise or buzzing which I have read about with other equipment. I did a lot of research on all of the components and made some mistakes along the way buying cheaper stuff, so one recommendation I can make for sure it make sure what you buy is meant to work together. It can be confusing for a rookie and even having friends who know this stuff did not help too much. They all want to spend a lot more. This unit does the job for a very reasonable price. Only knock I have is the software simply put....sucks. Period. The software that came with the Presonus was much better. I gave up on the included software pretty quick and am researching some options. I did not count on it though so I am not down grading the unit because of the bad software. Overall money well spent. I would not hesitate to buy another Behringer product.

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    (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    solid mixer that does it all

    By alan

    from kittery, maine

    Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

    I switched from a mackie vlz pro, and an mbox 2 mini just to this to simplify my setup. The effects are a nice touch, they sound fine for the price. Setup was a breeze, the mixer feels solid. I get no hum, and to be honest the audio interface sounds better than my mbox(this was the deciding factor on keeping it). All in all, for the price, you can't beat it.

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    (95 of 102 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    big bang for your buck

    By chris

    from paso robles ca

    Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB USB Mixer with Effects:

    I needed a small workhorse. the 1204 with effects was it. as with all behringer products they usually under promise and over deliver. sound quality is good, effects are good, over-all layout and build quality is solid. I wonder when other company's will catch on. good products for a reasonable price. I can route anything through this mixer. I can record, sub-mix, use it live or just use it as my studio patch bay for all my intstruments.

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