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Behringer MDX1600 AUTOCOM PRO-XL - Two Channel Compressor/Limiter with Gating and De-Essing

B&H # BEMDX1600 Mfr # MDX1600
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The AUTOCOM PRO-XL MDX1600 from Behringer is an interactive, reference-class two-channel expander/gate/compressor/peak limiter with integrated dynamic enhancer, de-esser and low contour filter, housed in a single space rack-mount chassis.

Applicable to recording, mixing or mastering, the unit provides total dynamic control. Additionally it features a unique adjustable IDE dynamic enhancer that provides subtle and very musical compensation for the bass "boost" effect that can result from heavy compression.

Switchable program adaptive compression circuitry combines the advantages of both hard and soft knee characteristics
Adjustable dynamic enhancer with level meter for boosting high frequencies under heavy compression
Interactive gain control peak limiting circuitry combines clipper and program limiter for reliable and inaudible protection against signal peaks
Switchable de-esser removes excess sibilance from vocal tracks
Interactive ratio control expander/gate circuitry for virtually inaudible noise suppression
Automatic or manual adjustable attack and release times
Switchable low contour filter prevents "pumping" due to low-frequency dominated compression
Stereo coupling function with independent output level settings
Switchable side-chain input with side-chain monitor function
Separate 12-segment LED meters for input/output levels and gain reduction
Servo balanced inputs and outputs with gold-plated XLR and 1/4" TRS connectors
Function Expander, gate, compressor, peak limiter and de-esser
Number of Channels Two
Inputs 2 x XLR
2 x 1/4" TRS phone
2 x 1/4" TS Sidechain
Outputs 2 x XLR
2 x 1/4" TRS phone
2 x 1/4" TS Sidechain
Maximum Input Level +22dBu
Compression Threshold -20dB to +20dB, variable
Compression Ratio 1:1 to infinity:1, variable
Attack Time Automatic or manual
Manual: 0.3mSec to 300mSec
Release Time Program dependent
Gate Threshold OFF to +10dB, variable
Gate Rate Attack: Program dependedent
Release: SLOW/FAST, variable
Maximum Output Level +21dBu
Make-up Gain -20dB to +20dB, variable
Frequency Response 0.35Hz to 200kHz, +0/-3dB
Dynamic Range Not specified by manufacturer
Noise SNR: 115dB, unweighted
Dimensions (WxDxH) 19" x 8 1/2" x 1 3/4"
Specialties Includes peak limiter, de-esser and dynamic enhancer
Behringer MDX1600 AUTOCOM PRO-XL - Two Channel Compressor/Limiter with Gating and De-Essing
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  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    BehringerMDX1600 AUTOCOM PRO-XL Compressor
     
    4.3

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    4.0

    Nicely Built Audio Device

    By Rig Runner

    from Sumpter Township, Michigan

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Behringer MDX1600 AUTOCOM PRO-XL Compressor:

    I find that this is a nicely built product. The faceplate is well marked and easy to read and the display LED's are very informative and helpful. Some have said this is a great entry level compressor/limiter and I guess it does okay for the job it was intended for. It is easy to use and to set up to get a nice sound output. I can however see that the amount of effect on the sound can be somewhat limited so I guess that is why some experienced users may think of it as more of an entry level product.

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    5.0

    Stopped complaints the first week

    By Sound Guy

    from Dallas

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound

    Cons

    • Needs more setup examples

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Behringer MDX1600 AUTOCOM PRO-XL Compressor:

    Used to feed 70 volt distributed system. Brings the loud passages down and boosts the quiet passages. Now the system performs in the optimum range.

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    4.0

    A good 80% solution

    By Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church

    from Manassas, VA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Sound Quality
    • Low Cost
    • Saves Time

    Cons

    • Limited Function

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ

    Comments about Behringer MDX1600 AUTOCOM PRO-XL Compressor:

    I got this with the intent of using compression and expansion to normalize audio output levels to a consistent dynamic range across a variety of input sources, and this almost works perfectly for that purpose. The compression and expansion substantially moderate strong and weak signals, but leaves about 20% more dynamic range than I hoped for.

    This shouldn't be much of a surprise for a unit that is so inexpensive. For someone not needing absolute production quality, who would certainly have a budget for some of the units that cost as much as four times more, this is a solid performer that will provide dynamic range management. If your input source tends to be pretty consistent and you just want to boost the low and compress the high signals, this would be an excellent choice.

    A few specific observations:

    The compression seems to be a bit less than the interface controls would suggest, which makes it difficult to over-compress a signal and unacceptably degrade the signal. Nice for beginners or less demanding needs, perhaps not as controllable as needed in professional applications.

    The limiter also seems rather soft, which also prevents user error from making a signal sound wrong. Again, good for beginners and less demanding applications, probably not a good fit for professional use.

    The "auto" setting on the compressor is remarkably effective, and most users will want to use this rather than try to tune the attack and release times.

    Overall, this is a unit that is hard to make mistakes with. If you need something that provides acceptable performance with a minimum of potential pitfalls and high ease of use, this is a good unit. If you're getting something for a dedicated studio where you can afford fifteen minutes to perfect a single channel input, you probably need to spend a lot more money.

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