Behringer X32 and stereo monitor mixes
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jslish
on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 3:53pm
jslish
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 3:53pm

Hey guys, we are looking at getting the Behringer X32 as our FOH mixing board. I'm curious how easy it is to mix your monitor mixes from your iPhone. ...and also, how do you guys do stereo mixes in your in-ears? It looks to me like you can't control the panning within the iPhone app. ...is this true?

Love to hear any thoughts on this stuff before we buy it. Thanks guys!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:00am

It's super easy to mix from your phone. Before that, we had the Presonus Studiolive 24.4.2 and used an app to mix monitors with that. The X32 is so much more user-friendly. Setting up the wireless network was a little bit tricky, but youtube tutorials fixed that.

For a long time I just assumed there was no way to do a stereo ear mix. But at some point we finally set one up that way and the app automatically recognized it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:10am

We just got this console, and let me tell you, it's a huge upgrade from the StudioLive 24 we were using before. The iPhone app is also much easier, and our musicians have let me know a few times how much they like it better than our old system. We don't use stereo mixes for our in ears, but you can do panning on the app if you've set up stereo linked bus outs on the board first. You can actually try this in the demo mode on the X32-Q by selecting mix bus 3-4, 5-6, 9-10, or 11-12. Then, a small panning indicator appears at the top of each channel on the mix page, just tap it once to open the pan control.

I would also like to comment that the sound on this board is fantastic (especially for the price) and we love the digital snake as well. Our FOH guys have also mentioned that they feel like that have more precise control with EQ and dynamics now, and of course, the added effects that are now available with the v2 update. Finally, I would suggest getting their P16 monitor system for your stationary band members. They only run $200 each, and they just work. Depending on your budget, we were able to get a great package deal with the console, digital snakes, cables, travel case, and P16 units.

The one negative you always read about the X32 is the "banks of 8" issues with the inputs. Yes, you have to take inputs from each source (on board, digital snake, computer, etc) in banks of 8, but once those have been routed to the console, you can then move those channels to any fader you want.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:55am

Hey, you can definitely control panning on the iphone app. As of a couple months ago the Android had no panning feature though, not sure if this has changed or not. We run 7 stereo in-ear mixes (or 6 stereo and 2 mono if we have an 8 person band, since bus 15 and 16 are used for Delay and Reverb right now(would be nice to have 18 buses)) I send 4 of the mixes to 4 wireless in-ear systems and the other ones into an ART 6 channel headphone amp. Then I send the signal up to the stage through old XLR lines that were left under the stage from the original install. I only used one cable (3 wires) for each mix and everything is crystal clear with no buzzes or hums.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 1:11pm

Awesome! Thanks so much guys for all the feedback!

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 5:27pm

I know that you can control mixes with iPhone/iPad. Can you use your phone/tablet as an IEM? In other words will the mix play through my headphone jack on my iPhone/iPad?

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 6:44pm

Marty,

There hasn't been a company that has come up with the ability to do that yet, mostly due to Latency issues.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 7:01pm

Yeah, people commonly think that. I can't count how many of our band members came in the first time we had the board saying they couldn't hear anything and then I realized they were plugged into their phones. Even if they came out with something like that I don't know if I would trust it. Every once in a while someone on stage is complaining about being kicked off the wireless signal or losing connection, etc. Usually its due to their phones trying to connect to a previous wireless connection.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 7:17pm

The Behringer Board runs IEMs to Iphones and Ipod touch