The Behringer X32 is a 40-input, 25-us digital mixing console with 32 programmable Midas preamps, 25 motorized faders, Channel LCD's, 32-channel audio interface, iPad/iPhone remote control, physical modeling plug-ins of classic gear, and 100-band RTA.
Digital mixers tend to be on the pricey side as opposed to analog mixers, not just because of features, but due to the extra layers of complication from combining digital control with an analog section. However, Behringer has a reputation for providing feature-rich products at remarkably affordable prices. What happens if you combine that with technology from two of the most respected names in live sound reinforcement? You have the Behringer X32, the nexus where the expertise of legendary console manufacturer Midas, the iconic signal-processing genius of Klark Teknik, and Behringer’s bang-for-the-buck all come together—giving you a triple-threat of a digital mixer that gives you the features and sound quality you expect from a Midas console at an incredible value. Not only do you get features for days, including a fully interactive and intuitive user interface, 25 automated faders with DAW control, and ultra-low-latency network audio, you get the stellar sound of Midas-designed preamps.
Behringer X32—Just the Facts:
- 40-input channel, 25-bus digital mixing console for Studio and Live application
- 32 MIDAS-designed, fully programmable mic preamps for audiophile sound quality
- 25 Fully automated motorized 100 mm faders allow for instant overview, powerful scene management and DAW control
- 16 XLR outputs plus 6 additional line in/outputs, 2 phones connectors and a talkback section with integrated or external mic
- Individual and dynamic LCD Scribble Strips on all channels and buses creating easy assignment and intuitive channel distinction
- 32 x 32 channel USB 2.0 audio interface, with DAW remote control emulating HUI and Mackie Control
- iPad and iPhone apps for professional remote operation available free of charge—no host PC required
- High-resolution 7" day-viewable Color TFT for easy viewing of workflow components and parameters
- Main LCR, 6 matrix buses and 16 mix buses each featuring inserts, 6-band parametric EQ's and full dynamics processing, plus 8 DCA and 6 mute groups
- Virtual FX rack featuring 8 true-stereo FX slots include high-end simulations such as Lexicon 480L and PCM70, EMT250 and Quantec QRS etc.
- 40-Bit floating-point DSP features "unlimited" dynamic range with no internal overload and near-zero overall latency (0.8msec)
- Powerful scene management for convenient handling of complex productions
- 48-channel Digital Snake ready via AES50 ports, featuring KLARK TEKNIK’s SuperMAC networking capability for ultra-low jitter and latency
- USB type-A connector providing file storage and uncompressed stereo recordings plus show presets and system updates
- Dedicated and easy-to-use channel strip section with direct access controls and graphic user interface for intuitive workflow
- Additional user-definable control section allows for on-the-fly adjustments of your favorite parameters
- Ultranet connectivity for Behringer's P-16 Personal Monitoring System plus AES/EBU stereo digital output and MIDI
- Networked remote control for show setups with on-screen software editor via Ethernet
- Built-in expansion port for audio interface cards or digital networking bridges
- Future firmware updates, incl. new FX plug-ins, downloadable from behringer.com free of charge
- 3-Year Warranty Program
- Designed and engineered in Germany
Behringer X32—Under the Hood
Enhanced workflow and multi-channel networking
The X32 features a dramatically enhanced workflow and capabilities including “Acoustic Integration” for total connectivity and control of your speaker and In-Ear Monitor (IEM) systems. There are more than 50 onboard FX “plug-ins” and classic processor examples based on True Physical Modeling. The X32 is more flexible than ever, with swappable expansion cards for connecting to other multi-channel audio networking via USB, ADAT, MADI, and Dante protocols, in addition to the onboard Ultranet and AES50 connectivity. Above all, the X32 gives you the power of digital control over Midas-inspired analog sound—without compromise.
Intuitive user interfaceEven if you’re new to digital mixers, the X32’s intuitive user interface offers a facile mixing experience that instantly feels like home. And then there is the X32’s latest version 2.0 firmware, which adds scene-management features and EQ functions, including a 100-band Real Time Analyzer, flexible library import/export capability and faster FX editing. There are also 16 FX “plug-ins” of famous classic audio hardware that are “true physical models, which means that Behringer essentially “rebuilt” classic analog gear in the digital domain. The firmware update also adds “Acoustic Integration,” which is digital networking that allows you to connect to Turbosound iQ speakers via a simple CAT5 connection. This high-performance iQ Series also includes authentic acoustic modeling of some of the world’s most famous speakers—all remote controllable from your X32.
X32 provides a full complement of 25 long-throw, 100mm motorized servo faders for primary mix control. Working in concert with the LCD Scribble Strips and TFT Display, the faders serve multiple functions while always keeping you informed. Separate fader sections for inputs and groups/buses allow for convenient
assignments from inputs to groups/buses. With the ability to store up to 100 scenes, X32’s motorized faders snap to attention the moment a scene is recalled.
LCD Scribble Strips
X32’s automated control surface offers the visual feedback you need in the heat of performance. A total of 29 programmable LCD Scribble Strips offer channel/bus identification that mirrors what is being controlled. Use them to enter input/output tags, plus add icons, which unlike print, are instantly recognizable. Going a step further, you can assign colors to create visual groups for immediate, on-the-fly recognition of similar inputs. You’ll never sully your X32 with masking tape or face dry Sharpies again.
The X32 Channel Strip puts the most important channel processing parameters into one section so that the controls are always the same no matter which channel you’re working on.
This highly-efficient layout stems from s decades of console design and input from users. Optimized control illumination ensures a clear indication of levels or status from any viewing angle. Illuminated rotary encoders and switches give you control of preamp settings, frequency shelving, dual dynamics sections, as well as multi-mode fully parametric EQ, bus sends, main, mono and stereo panning.
7" main display
X32’s 7" day-viewable color TFT (Thin-Film Transistor) display was selected for its high-contrast performance and outdoor visibility. TFT is ideal for concert and open-air festival venues. High-precision, context-sensitive tactile encoders bring the screen to life in high definition, displaying all adjustments for a wide range of parameters. Control of vital functions such as effects, metering, routing and much more are just one or two button presses away.
Sends On Fader
X32 brings a higher level of convenience to aux and output bus mixes thanks to its integrated “Sends on Fader” feature.
This incredibly useful function allows you to build dedicated sub-mixes for monitor, secondary zone feeds, and much more—all without affecting the front-of-house mix or levels. The X32 allows you to send any signal to any aux or output bus and dial in the perfect mix via the channel faders. The console remembers where you set the faders and instantly recalls them when you select a bus for quick adjustments.
Eight DCA (Digitally Controlled Amplifier) groups let you control multiple signals via a single fader, such as the entire drum mix, the horn section, or the backup vocalists. DCA control affects the FOH mix while allowing the individual buses to remain unchanged. The result is a customizable workflow that provides maximum flexibility, while allowing individual buses and subgroups to serve the purpose they were intended for, such as zone sends and broadcast feeds.
Exploring the surface of the X32 reveals 11 strategically placed View buttons associated with various functions. These buttons enable immediate access to information about that specific function. For example, if you press the View button in the Equalizer section, information for that channel’s EQ is shown on the main display, providing in-depth editing of all related parameters. This direct access to visual fine-tuning gives the engineer a level of control previously available only on consoles costing significantly more.
Assign section raises the bar on digital consoles by providing a total of 36 fully customizable controls on three separate layers. Individual scribble strips are provided for immediate identification. Buttons can be defined to toggle parameters on/off, adjust the timing of effects by tapping or jump to specific screen views. LED rotary encoders can be assigned to specific channel parameters, or to additional parameters in the dynamics section relevant to the current channel selection.
“Acoustic Integration” – the Live Sound Revolution
Turbosound, famous for producing some of the world’s best speaker systems, has partnered with Midas to seamlessly integrate mixer and speaker systems.
Midas calls it “Acoustic Integration”.
The X32’s Ultranet bus allows streaming up to 16-channels of pristine digital audio to an array of Turbosound iQ speakers—all on a single
CAT5 cable, along with control data to set sound presets remotely.
The iQ Series also features “true physical modeling” of some of the most popular speakers, which can be remote-controlled via the X32, allowing you to apply different speaker models in real time from the comfort of the mixing desk. Quite revolutionary indeed.
100-Band RTA for all channel/bus EQ’s
The X32 includes a high-resolution, 100-band Real Time Analyzer (RTA), with full Bar and Spectrograph views. The RTA displays the audio energy distribution in 100 frequency bands over time, capturing a sonogram window of a full 10 seconds. You can switch between the large RTA view, which displays signal in full-screen resolution, or the Combined view with the RTA view shown above each of the channel and bus EQ curves, so you can see the results of your filtering choices in the audio. Additionally, the RTA can be displayed on top of the 31-band graphic EQs in the FX rack.
16 FX “plug-ins” based on true physical modeling
Behringer has added 16 FX plug-ins to the X32, giving you access to a total of 50+ effects that would otherwise cost tens of thousands of dollars in hardware.
Based on true physical modeling of classic audio hardware, Behringer essentially “rebuilt” classic analog gear in the digital domain and included models of legendary processors such as Urei’s 1176, Teletronix LA-2A, and Fairchild 670 compressors, as well as the legendary Pultec EQP-1a and EQ5 equalizers. A cutting-edge 5-band multiband compressor is also included. Additionally, X32 can now run 4 studio-quality stereo reverbs together with 8 channels of 31-band graphic EQ, allowing you to replace your old outboard gear with a fully recallable onboard solution.
Gain splitting and remote control for FOH and monitoring
Gain Split mode separates channel gain (trim) from the Head Amp (preamp) gain, allowing both the FOH and/or the monitor engineer to adjust local trim digitally – and independently of the preamp gain. Additionally, the new HA Gain Remote option allows console gains to be remotely controlled by an external console, such as when using the X32 Rack as a stage box.
More routing and processing flexibility
The X32’s highly flexible routing allows main outputs and XLR outputs to be treated separately, allowing signals from AES50 sources or expansion cards to be routed directly to the X32’s analog outputs. For example, now you can use the outputs from an X32 Rack for directly routing back PA or monitoring signals from a main or FOH console. New output tap points can be set as pre- or post-mute for greater usability with P16 personal monitoring mixers. This is very useful in situations where you don’t want mute groups to interrupt your signal flow.
Powerful tools for scene and show management
With the ever-increasing complexity of live performances, along with everything else an FOH engineer has to deal with, Midas introduces the stress-reducing Cue List, an innovative way to automate loading scenes and new Snippets at different points during a show. Each of the 500 Cue entries can load any of the 100 Scenes or Snippets separately or at the same time. This gives you an amazing total of 500 Cues x 100 Scenes x 100 Snippets. For example, store your EQ settings for drums on channels 1-8 as a Snippet, recallable in an instant as its own preset, completely independent of the console’s overall scene. It’s like taking a snapshot of a parameter on an input, return, FX slot, bus, Matrix, Main or DCA group and saving it for quick access whenever you need it.
Ready for the road
The award-winning X32 features Touring Packages (TP) for its extended family; the X32, X32 Compact, and X32 Producer. These road-ready packages include mixers preloaded in custom-designed, heavy-duty touring-grade road cases. The durable housing features marine-grade plywood swathed in rubberized plastic laminate to protect the mixer from the elements and rigors of travel. The exterior is reinforced with impact-resistant aluminum extrusions, and all latches are recessed to respect your touring crew’s hands and clothes during transport. The interior swaddles the mixer in high-density, protective foam.
Midas—the preamp with the golden touch
The X32’s input signal path, including mic preamps, programmable gain controls, and A/D stages, was designed by Midas, renowned for their award-winning mic preamplifier designs.
Conceived as an integrated system built around premium A/D converters, the X32’s proprietary preamp design ensures superb sonic performance. Gain settings are fully programmable and cover a range of 72dB, with a precision resolution of 0.5dB per step. And with maximum input headroom of +23dBu, the X32 virtually cures your dependency on pads. Providing the D to the X32’s A are audiophile-quality Cirrus Logic multi-channel A/D converters, which boast a 114 dB dynamic range, ensuring impressively-low distortion and low-noise performance.
Audio Networking and Interfacing
X32 includes an array of control and networking capabilities as standard features. Dual-port AES50 digital networking supports up to 96 channels of audio over shielded (STP) CAT5 cable, allowing remote stage boxes and sharing signals among several connected X32s. Onboard Ultranet provides a 16-channel digital mix direct to P16 Personal Monitor Mixers, without added hardware, cost or latency. X32 connectivity includes Ethernet, USB 2.0, and MIDI.
For personal monitoring, connect the P16-M personal monitor mixer into X32’s Ultranet port with a shielded (STP) CAT5 cable, and let the performer dial in their ideal 16-channel personal monitor mix, freeing you up for other tasks. You can daisy-chain additional P16-M units, or use the P16-D Ultranet distributor to set up a plug-and-play monitor system that supplies up to 8 individual P16-M units with power and audio. Cascading additional P16-D hubs can expand the system to provide 16-channel feeds to literally hundreds of personal mixers.
The Powerplay P1 Personal In-Ear Monitor (IEM) Amplifier puts control at the artist’s fingertips. Use a P16-M to create a personal mix to feed to your P1 belt pack. Whether on stage or in the studio, the P1 provides performers and recording artists with a dependable and affordable personal monitoring solution.
The S16 digital stage box closes the gap between stage and FOH (Front of House) by placing 16 fully-programmable, remote controlled Midas mic preamps and 8 analog, balanced XLR returns at the stage end. Up to three S16 stage boxes can be daisy-chained via Cat5 cable for a 48 x 24 system. Dual AES50 ports on the X32 allow up to 96 input channels to be connected and routed in the same system.
S16 stage box features:
- AES50 network ports featuring KLARK TEKNIK SuperMAC technology for ultra-low latency (in-ear compatible)
- Remote operation via shielded CAT5e cable up to 330 ft / 100 m length
- Dual AES50 ports, each for cascading up to three S16 units – no merger or router required
- Precise LED metering plus 7-segment displays for signal control on stage
- Phones output assignable to any of the inputs/outputs for on-stage monitoring
- Connectivity for BEHRINGER’s P16 Personal Monitoring System for in-ear applications
- Dual ADAT outputs for use in splitter mode and stand-alone digital multi-core applications
- MIDI in/out for bi-directional communication between FOH console and on-stage MIDI devices
In addition to the S16, a wide range of remote I/O options is available for the X32, including the S32, SD16, and SD8 digital stage boxes, all of which feature the same high-end Midas mic preamps.
What are AES50 and SuperMac?
SuperMAC is a proprietary implementation of AES50 owned by Klark Teknik. Originally developed by Sony Pro-Audio Labs in Oxford, UK, it forms the basis of the Audio Engineering Society’s AES50 open standard. For digital audio networking, AES50 simultaneously provides high channel counts, extremely low latencies, accurate phase-aligned networked clock distribution, error detection, and network redundancy, with the ease of use necessary to meet the needs of the live performance industry. This unique combination also benefits both live and studio recording applications, as well as post-production, broadcasting, and audio routing infrastructure.
- 48 bidirectional audio channels @ 48kHz over Neutrik etherCON-terminated cable
- Remote operation via shielded CAT5e cable up to 330' (100 m) length
- Single cable duplex interconnection for audio and sample clocks
- Ethernet physical layer audio data transmission
- High channel count and ultra-low deterministic latency (2 x 3 samples = 1/8 ms per node)
- Accurate phase-aligned clock distribution
- Comprehensive error detection and management
- Provision for redundant networking
- Minimal configuration – total ease of deployment and use
- Ethernet TCP/IP protocol-compatible auxiliary data channel
Are you experienced?
Whether you come from an analog mixing background or are accustomed to digital consoles, your first experience with X32 has been engineered to be intuitive, fluid, and straightforward.
A product of elegant simplicity, the X32 workflow and controls allow smooth adjustments to critical elements as the mix progresses, while the TFT screen keeps you informed every step of the way. This integration of physical controls, motorized faders, an array of LCD and TFT displays, makes the X32 experience the premier solution for live sound, broadcast, studio recording, and post-production.
Each X32 comes loaded with comprehensive I/O and functionality. Onboard USB 2.0 connectivity delivers a full 32 x 32 channels of audio and MIDI to your DAW. Integrated multi-channel digital audio interfaces connect to remote stage boxes and/or the P16 Personal Monitor System.
Remote control via Ethernet
Native Ethernet control enables remote operation by a computer, iPad, or iPhone over a wired or wireless network, from anywhere. Now Douglass Adams’ dream of setting up a sound system on a nearby moon and controlling it from geosynchronous satellites in planetary orbit is a reality—well almost. (Roadies In Space!)
The FX Racks
Midas has added 16 new FX plug-ins to the M32, giving you access to a total of 50+ effects that would otherwise cost tens of thousands of dollars in hardware.
Based on true physical modeling of classic audio hardware, Midas essentially “rebuilt” classic analog gear in the digital domain and included models of legendary processors such as Urei’s 1176, Teletronix LA-2A and Fairchild 670 compressors, as well as the legendary Pultec EQP-1a and EQ5 equalizers etc. A cutting-edge 5-band multiband compressor is also included. Additionally, M32 can now run 4 studio-quality stereo reverbs together with 8 channels of 31-band graphic EQ, allowing you to replace your old outboard gear with a fully recallable onboard solution.
The all-tube signal path in Teletronix’ LA-2A Leveling Amplifier has left its mark on countless albums of the past decades. A ubiquitous choice for vocals, the ultra-smooth optical attenuator is closely modeled in LA Compressor. It provides natural and effortlessly musical compression. (Inspired by Teletronix LA-2A)
When UREI released the 1176LN Limiting Amplifier in the late 60’s, it broke new ground by incorporating the recently invented field-effect transistors, hence the reference to FET compressors in plug-in models trying to avoid trademark violations (we’re rebels and we don’t care). The Ultimo Compressor is based on the early Rev. E model and authentically captures the smooth character of the original class-A output stage and its legendary fast Attack. (Inspired by UREI 1176LN)
The original Fairchild 670 tube compressor is as rare as it is expensive. Originally used for mastering as protection when cutting lacquer and for broadcast limiting, the Fairchild was an integral sonic component of Motown and the British invasion. Two small trim VR’s (variable resistors) set the control sidechain action, a six-step switch determines the timing, and the two large Input and Threshold knobs adjust levels. Behringer’s Fair Compressor model is true to the original signal path, providing models for dual, stereo-linked, or M/S operation. (Inspired by Fairchild 670)
The Combinator is an amazing 5-band compressor that emulates famous broadcasting and mastering compressors. A highly complex processor, it uses automatic parameter control that produces stunning and “inaudible” results. Makeup-gain for each frequency band is automatically adjusted by the Spectral Balance Control (SBC) function, to maintain a balanced audio spectrum.
Undisputedly one of the best passive studio equalizers ever made, recording engineers claim the Pultec EQP-1a to be the “secret sauce” of sound enhancement and one of the few audio creations that improve sound simply by passing signal through it. Behringer analyzed this classic to the core and created an exact physical model that reproduces the multi-faceted sound in painstaking detail. Even the transformers and tube output stage have been faithfully modeled! (Inspired by Pultec EQP-1a)
Pultec simply wrote the book on passive equalization. By digitally “rebuilding” every aspect of the original Pultec classic, the XTEC EQ5 captures the very essence of the original model and authentically emulates the smooth character of its rather unique components. (Inspired by Pultec MEQ5)
The Sub Octaver provides two channels of earth-shaking sub-harmonic generation, one or two octaves below the input signal. While originally designed for bass players, the effect can be adjusted for high-, mid- and low-frequency tracking to apply to a wide range of applications. This is your secret weapon for beat-boxing...
The Edison EX1 is the recreation of Behringer’s own analog classic. This remarkably-effective tool allows manipulation of the stereo field. Selectable M/S input/output modes allow the processing or creation of M/S recorded sound sources. (Inspired by Behringer Edison)
The Sound Maximizer restores natural brilliance and clarity to any audio signal by adjusting the phase and amplitude integrity to reveal more of the natural texture of the sound. It has the ability to bring sounds forward in a mix without the loss of headroom or phase problems introduced by frequency-dependent amplitude (EQ) (Inspired by Sonic Maximizer 482i)
The Dimensional Chorus is the perfect emulation of what has been referred to as “the best analog chorus ever created”. Four simple Mode preset buttons activate amazing effects, best described as “space” and “dimension”. Absolutely faithful to the original, multiple preset buttons can be pressed simultaneously. (Inspired by Roland Dimension D Chorus)
Modulation Delay combines three of the most used time-modulation effects into one easy-to-operate unit. Enjoy true-stereo delay with a lush and spacious chorus, topped off with three reverb models to choose from.
The Lexicon 480L is the gold standard of digital reverb. It’s most-used presets include Rich Plate, Room, and Rich Chamber, which have been included in the X32’s model. It precisely captures all the nuances of the original via Behringer’s True Physical Modeling, which incorporates the unit’s AD/DA gain stepping converters—nailing the entire analog and digital circuit paths right down to the last detail. (Inspired by Lexicon 480L)
Enhancers let you emphasize the bass, midrange and high output at selectable frequencies. You can generate maximum punch, clarity, and detail, without turning up the overall volume.
Exciters increase presence and intelligibility in live sound applications and are indispensable for adding clarity, air and harmonic overtones in the recording studio. (Inspired by SPL Vitalizer and Aphex Aural Exciter)
The TruEQ STEREO GEQ delivers musical and responsive signal processing for general room equalization and monitoring. X32 provides up to 16 mono graphic EQs and multi-band parametric EQs in all channels and buses to handle the most demanding stage monitoring situations. Plus, the X32’s motorized faders can be switched to control the filter bands of the graphic EQ, with the channel LCDs showing the corresponding filter frequencies—and you can even put this on a user-defined hot-key for immediate access. (Modeled after Klark Teknik DN360)
The Quantec QRS room simulator stands head and shoulders over other competing reverberation strategies in the way it models sound propagation in air and room resonances. Invented in the early ‘80s, it delivered authentic room character from an algorithmic reverb long before convolution-based processing was available. The X32’s Vintage Room, modeled from the QRS, is an ideal reverb for mixes or sub-groups, adding space to complex signals—highly valued in classical music and broadcasting environments.
Plate Reverb emulates the characteristics of a plate reverb chamber with control over the damping pad, modulation depth and speed, and crossover. Plate Reverb will give your tracks the sound heard on countless hit records since the late 1950’s. (Inspired by Lexicon PCM70)
The 3-Tap Delay in the X32 records the input signal and then echoes it back after a user-definable period of time and number of repeats. What makes the stereo and triple delay useful and outstanding is the linked tap-timing and musical choice of echo patterns. Use the 3-Tap Delay to fatten up vocals and instruments, or to add an enhanced spatial element to any performance.
The Hall Reverb effect provides a broad spectrum of reverberation possibilities, from small room to large, or even cavernous proportions. When softly mixed with the original signal, Hall Reverb can be used to create a warm, more natural sound. (Inspired by Lexicon 480L)
This handy dynamic Flanger & Delay duo blends the “whoosh” of soaring jet planes with classic delay and can be adjusted from mild to wild. This combination effect only takes up one FX slot. (Inspired by Lexicon PCM70)
Wave Designer is a powerful tool for adjusting signal transients and dynamics such as attack and sustain. Use it to make a snare drum really “crack” in the mix or level out volume inconsistencies of slap bass tracks. (Inspired by SPL Transient Designer)
The Stereo Precision Limiter is perfect for setting a precise volume limits, ensuring distortion-free and optimal signal integrity. Use the Stereo Precision Limiter to boost quiet signals or reduce the level of “hot” signals to prevent clipping. (Inspired by Sony Oxford Dynamics)
The De-Esser is a must-have tool for reducing the amount of sibilance in vocal mics while preserving the natural timbre of a vocal performance. Use it to enhance the smoothness of the upper mid to high frequencies in vocals as well as drum overheads and strings, etc. (Inspired by SPL 1239)
Based on the legendary EMT 250, Vintage Reverb delivers a shimmering, bright reverb that won’t drown out or overpower your live/recorded tracks. Use the Vintage Reverb to sweeten vocals and snare drums without sacrificing clarity. (Inspired by EMT 250 Plate Reverb)
Taking up only one FX slot, the Chorus & Chamber effect combines the shimmer and doubling characteristics of a studio-grade chorus with the sweet sound of a traditional chamber reverb. (Inspired by Lexicon PCM70)
The X32 also provides robust studio functionality. Record and playback up to 32 tracks on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 operating systems, or Mac computers via integrated USB 2.0 connectivity. X32 supports a variety of sample rates, allowing you to record up to 32 tracks of live audio directly to your computer for mixing later. Take advantage of X32’s built-in FX engines to augment your DAW’s plug-in collection, or to free up valuable computer resources. X32’s recall capability makes it easy for both project and professional studio engineers to stay organized by storing projects as scenes, either internally or externally on a USB stick.
DAW Ready—MIDI plus Mackie Control and HUI Protocols
Thanks to its onboard MIDI ports, the M32 console can function as a high-level, large-format control surface, similar to Mackie Control and HUI, integrating seamlessly with most popular DAW platforms. M32’s motorized faders can be used to send positional information to onscreen DAW faders, while each mute and solo buttons of each bus control their onscreen counterparts. This powerful control surface relationship, which functions bi-directionally between the M32 and your DAW, allows you to work more quickly and attend to the finer nuances of the overall mix. After all, mixing with your hands and your ear provides a level of musical finesse that can mean the difference between a good recording session and a work of art. You can be a front-of-house engineer or a front-of-mouse engineer—your choice.
Optional Expansion Cards
The X32’s expansion slot provides flexible and expandable connectivity for many different applications. A wide array of X-Expansion Cards can easily be used in place of the pre-installed X-USB card to release the power of X32 into existing MADI, Dante and ADAT networks. Fully compatible with these widely available audio protocols, the X32 delivers a seamless integration in digital live sound, recording and broadcast environments.
X-UF—High-speed FireWire/USB 2.0 audio interface for professional recordings
The X-UF Expansion Card ensures a stable high-speed solution for professional live and studio recordings. It provides 400Mbit/second throughput to transfer your high-track count session to popular Software DAWs on Mac and PC via FireWire or USB 2.0. Additionally, the X-UF turns your M32 into a sophisticated control surface and includes remote HUI and Mackie Control emulation.
X-MADI—High-performance 32-Channel MADI Expansion Card for M32
Increasing its I/O capabilities, the X-MADI Expansion Card brings MADI networking to the M32. The MADI or AES10 protocol is quickly becoming an industry standard in many broadcast applications. X-MADI provides optical duplex SC-plugs (IEC874-19) to connect with fiber-optic MADI devices, with multimode fiber optic cable lengths of up to 2 km supported. Dual BNC terminals are also provided for transmission via standard 75-Ohm coaxial cable of up to 100m length. The BNC and fiber optic connectors can also be used simultaneously, creating a redundant failsafe network with fiber-optic installations. X-MADI card is the perfect solution for integrating the M32 into current installations using the MADI protocol.
X-ADAT High-performance 32-channel ADAT expansion card for M32
Contrary to predictions, the ADAT lightpipe did not go the way of the Bubal hartebeest (this is why you have Google). The X-ADAT Expansion Card allows the M32 to integrate with any equipment featuring ADAT I/O. This includes stand-alone recorders, digital audio workstations, and other digital mixers and signal-processing gear. The X-ADAT card provides 32-channels of ADAT inputs and outputs on its 8 fiber optic Toslink connectors. The card features 24-bit signal transmission and operates at both 44.1 and 48kHz sample rates. The X-ADAT card also has a BNC word-clock in/out capability allowing it to sync with an external clock, or provide the clock signal for other devices. External clock synchronization is also possible through any of the 4 Toslink ports.
X-DANTE High-performance 32-channel Dante expansion card for M32
By installing the X-DANTE card in place of the X-USB card, your M32 will interface with Dante networks using virtually any 100Mbit/s or Gigabit Network infrastructure, providing dependable multi-channel audio that can coexist with other IP-based data traffic on the same network. The X-DANTE card uses 24-bit signal transmission with sample-accurate synchronization and low latency, ensuring the highest audio integrity. A secondary input allows you to set up a seamless, redundant network. Full remote control of the M32 is possible using the integrated Ethernet switch. When the X-DANTE card is connected to a computer, Audinate’s Dante Controller application gives you full control over configuration and signal routing among your Dante-enabled devices.
X32-Edit (PC, Mac, Linux)
It’s said that the essence of engineering is laziness, and what better way to prove that than by giving you the ability to mix from wherever you are? Simply connect the X32 to a laptop or desktop PC or Mac Computer via LAN, wireless network or Ethernet cable. The X32-Edit app gives you command of the X32 remotely via computer. Move a fader on the PC, it moves on the X32; press a button on the computer, the button toggles on the X32. You’ll find this feature extremely helpful for stage-side monitor control, individual control of multiple installed X32s, as well as multiple remote control stations of the same X32. The X32-Edit app also lets you create scenes on your PC beforehand to minimize the time required for sound checks.
X32-Mix for iPad
Rather than set up a static mix, which can change when all those mobile absorptive/reflective panels (audience) show up, the free X32-Mix app for iPad lets you mix from anywhere in the room. Just plug in a wireless router via Ethernet and then wirelessly connect up to 10 iPad devices—especially handy for custom monitor mixes. You control all 32 mic inputs, 8 Aux inputs, and 16 buses, plus the FX stereo returns and Matrix, Main, and DCA levels. Select a fader bank on the iPad, slide the virtual faders and X32’s motorized faders instantly mirror your action. Plus, with the Sends on Faders functionality, you can control 16 independent monitor mixes.
X32-Q for iPhone and iPod touch
X32-Q is the perfect tool for setting up your personal monitoring mix with the X32. Compatible with iPhone and iPod devices, each artist can run their own X32-Q to adjust and tweak their personal wedge mix. X32-Q includes an assignable MCA (Mix Control Association) feature that makes monitor mixing simple enough to be adjusted during performance. Assign any input or combination of inputs to one of the 4 MCA controls inside X32-Q and instantly get “more me”, “less band”, “more click track”… with a single sweep of your finger.
X32-Q is also available for Android devices (min 2.2), allowing you to set up your personal monitoring mix with the BEHRINGER X32 Digital Mixing Console. Compatible with Android mobile devices, each artist can run their own X32-Q Android app to adjust personal IEM or wedge monitor mix with an interface similar to the iPhone app. The app includes an assignable MCA (Mix Control Association) feature for monitor mixing simple enough to be adjusted during performance. Assign any combination of inputs to one of the 4 MCA controls inside X32-Q Android and instantly get “more me,” “less band,” “more click track…”, with a single sweep of your finger.
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- Number of input processing channels: 32 input channels, 8 aux channels, 8 FX return channels
- Internal effects engines, true-stereo/mono: 8/16
Internal total recall scenes (incl. preamp and fader): 100
- Signal processing: 40-bit floating point
- A/D-D/A conversion: 24-bit @ 44.1/48kHz, 114dB dynamic range
- I/O latency (console input to output): 0.8 ms
- Network latency (stage box in > console > stage box out): 1.1ms
- XLR inputs, programmable mic preamp, designed by Midas: 32
- Talkback mic input, XLR: 1
- RCA inputs/outputs: 2/2
- XLR outputs: 16
- Monitoring outputs XLR / 1⁄4" TRS balanced: 2/2
- Aux inputs/outputs, 1⁄4" TRS balanced: 6/6
- Phones outputs, 1⁄4" TRS: 2 (stereo)
- Digital AES/EBU output, XLR: 1
- AES50 ports, SuperMAC, Neutrik etherCON: 2
- Expansion card: 32-channel audio input/output, various standards
- P-16 connector, Ultranet (no power supplied): 1
- MIDI inputs/outputs: 1/1
- USB Type A, top panel, for audio and data export/import: 1
- USB Type B, rear panel, for remote control: 1
- Ethernet, RJ45, rear panel, for remote control: 1
Mic Input Characteristics
- Design: Midas
- THD + noise, 20dB gain, 0dBu out: < 0.006% A-weighted
- Input impedance XLR, unbal/bal.: 5k ohm/10k ohm
Non clip maximum input level, XLR: +23dBu
Phantom Power, switchable per input: 48V
- Equivalent input noise level, XLR (input shorted): -128dBu
- CMRR, XLR, @ 20dB gain (typical): > 70dB
- CMRR, XLR, @ 40dB gain: > 80dB
- Frequency range, @ 48kHz sample rate, 0dB to -1dB: 10Hz-22kHz
- Dynamic range, analog in to analog out (typical): 106dB
A/D dynamic range, preamp and converter (typical): 109dB
- D/A dynamic range, converter and output: 108dB
- Crosstalk rejection @ 1kHz, adjacent channels: 100dB
- Output level, XLR (nom./max.): +4dBu/+16dBu
Output impedance, XLR (unbal/bal): +4dBu/+21dBu
- Input impedance, TRS (unbal/bal): 75 ohm/75 ohm
Non clip maximum input level, TRS: 20k ohm/40k ohm
Nominal output level, TRS: +16dBu
- Output impedance, TRS (unbal/bal): 150 ohm/300 ohm
Phones output impedance/level: 40 ohm/+25dBm (stereo)
- Residual noise level, XLR and TRS: -87dBu A-weighted
- Main screen: 7", 800 x 480, 262k color TFT
- Channel LCD screen: 128 x 64, LCD with RGB color backlight
- Main meter: 24-segment (-57dB to clip)
- Switch-mode power supply: Auto-range 100-240V (50/60Hz)
- Power consumption: 120W
- Standard operating temperature range: 5°C – 40°C (41°F – 104°F)
- Dimensions (approx.): 35-3/8" x 20-3/4" x 7-7/8" (900 x 528 x 200 mm)
- Weight: 45.4 lb. (20.6 kg)