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Behringer XENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer

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Product Highlights
  • Built-In USB Audio Interface
  • Easy-to-Use 1 Knob Compressors
  • "British" Style 3-Band EQs
  • Free energyXT2.5 Music Software Download
  • Mac, Windows, and Linux Compatible

The XENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer from Behringer is a 12-input audio mixer with an integrated USB computer audio interface. It enables you to mix together and shape the sound of multiple audio signals, and route the audio to several outputs. Special attention has been paid to the quality of the 1204USB's 4 microphone preamps, "British" style EQ, and 4 easy-to-use one knob compressors.

The 1204USB provides four mono channels and two stereo channels, making it ideal for smaller jobs. There are two aux sends on each mono channel (which enable you to route individual channels to stage monitors or external effects), and two stereo aux returns. The built-in USB interface allows for a bi-directional transfer of audio to and from your computer. The energyXT2.5 software is compatible with Mac, Windows, and even Linux operating systems, and includes virtual keyboard instruments and drum machines.

The 4 built-in compressors are designed to simplify the process of controlling dynamics in your mix. With a single knob you can dial in the amount of compression you need for any given sound. Individual compressors are a feature rarely seen in mixing boards in this price range. The 4 XENYX preamps offer 130dB of dynamic range, and the 3-band "British" style EQ's really allow you to create a fine-tuned mix. The XENYX 1204USB is well suited for recording studios, video editing suites, live sound mixing, podcasting and more.

Low noise, high headroom analog mixer
4 phantom-powered XENYX microphone preamps
4 compressors with easy "one-knob" functionality and control LED for professional vocal and instrumental sound
"British" 3-band EQs for warm and musical sound
Built-in stereo USB audio Interface to connect directly to a computer; includes audio recording, editing, and podcasting software plus 150 instrument and effect plug-ins and ultra-low latency driver
Free download of energyXT2.5 Compact BEHRINGER Edition music production software included with feature-rich audio/MIDI sequencer that loads on most computer platforms
2 aux sends per channel: 1 pre fader for monitoring applications, 1 post fader for external FX devices
Clip LEDs and mute/alt 3-4 function on all channels
2 subgroups with separate outputs for added routing flexibility
Control room & headphone outputs with multi-input source matrix
Long-wearing 60mm faders and sealed rotary controls
Switching power supply for maximum flexibility (100 - 240 V~), noise-free audio, superior transient response plus low power consumption for saving energy
Total # Of Inputs 12 Inputs
Mic/Line Inputs 4 x XLR Microphone Inputs
6 x 1/4" TRS Line-Level Inputs
Stereo Line Inputs 2 x 1/4" TRS Left & Right Paired Inputs
AUX Sends 2
AUX Returns 2 Stereo Returns
Inserts None
BUS (Group) Outputs 2 Sub Groups
2 Trk Master I/O 2 x Balanced XLR Outputs
ALT I/O 2 x 1/4" TRS ALT 3 - 4 Outputs
Stereo RCA 2-Track Outputs
Monitor Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS Control Room Outputs
1 x 1/4" Stereo Headphone Output
EQ Section 3-Band EQ on Every Channel
Solo/Mute Mute Button on Every Channel
Channel Level Control 60mm Faders
Trim/Gain Control Yes
Phantom Power +48V Phantom
Metering 12-Segment Stereo LED Meters
Clip LEDs on Every Channel
Frequency Response Mic Input to Main Output:
<10 Hz - 90 kHz (+0 dB / -1 dB)
<10 Hz - 160 kHz (+0 db / -3 dB)
Dynamic Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 110 dB A-weighted (0 dBu In @ +22 dB Gain)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.005% / 0.004% A-weighted
Power Supply Power Consumption:
40W

Mains Voltage:
100 - 240V, 50/60 Hz

Dimensions 3.81 x 9.72 x 12.91" ((97 x 247 x 328mm)
Weight 5.64 lbs (2.56 kg)
Behringer XENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer
  • Power Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Rack Mount Hardware
  • energyXT2.5 Audio Software Download Instructions
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    BehringerXENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer
     
    4.1

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound (11)
    • Compact (10)
    • Easy to use (9)
    • Simple controls (9)
    • Versatile (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (11)
      • Outdoor events / games (7)
      • Performances (6)
      • Professional recording (6)
      • Music videos (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (10), Novice (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Behringer 1204

      I wish I would have owned this thing when I played in my former band. Now I use it for recording. It's all a small band needs, and for the money, there's no...Read complete review

      I wish I would have owned this thing when I played in my former band. Now I use it for recording. It's all a small band needs, and for the money, there's no beating it.
      Originally I was going to do some scratch recording with a line in directly into my computer's soundcard, but I have Windows 7 and was experiencing a problem with latency and feedback. I tried several other USB interfaces and found this one to be the best by far. The other company I was dealing with was quite annoyed by me buying products and returning them repeatedly because I wasn't satisfied. Once I found this one, they were glad to get rid of me, and I was glad I didn't have to go back.
      This thing does exactly what it's supposed to do, route sound. There's no hissing, no feedback, and it works perfectly.
      The other reviewers were talking about how it was difficult to use and how the software wasn't great.
      First off, if you've ever dealt with a mixer, this one is no different except for the red button that routes the sound through the usb interface.
      Secondly, I would never use this software for recording anyway. It might be ok, but I never tried it.
      Bottom line, it does what it's supposed to do, there's no lag, no feedback, no white noise, and it has a great price.
      P.S. One reviewer said it had great effects. This unit does NOT have effects. If you want effects, the Behringer 1204fx is what you need to get, however most recording software comes with plenty of effects.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      A Lot To Learn but worth IT!

      First, I am a novice at mixing and this unit is about semi-pro musicians, so I am a little lost. If you are new then this unit is a big learning experience, so...Read complete review

      First, I am a novice at mixing and this unit is about semi-pro musicians, so I am a little lost. If you are new then this unit is a big learning experience, so be prepared to test you're PC and electronic intelligence or get something simpler. For the money it was great, it does all the stuff I could want, effects, multi inputs, and so on. And Behringer is a great product. One warning! If you are hoping to power a small group then you will also need either powered speakers or a power head and speakers to get decent sound. It will power your mics OK but nothing more, though I did get my pre-amped guitar through it. Now I am micing my guitar amp and running it through the mixer , into my power head and out my studio monitors and the sound is great.

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      5.0

      What can I say....Excellent!

      By Bill

      from Hendersonville, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Behringer XENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer:

        Want trouble free service, AND NO BS at all?
        Do business with B&H! NEVER an issue.

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        4.0

        Perfect mixer for agency studio

        By Michael

        from Anchorage, AK

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Behringer XENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer:

        Working in an ad agency with a sound-proofed voice over room. Mute buttons and sliders are great for working quickly. Kinda wish we would've sprung for the solo buttons version.

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        4.0

        A Bargain for the Capability

        By Flynscot

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Music Videos
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Behringer XENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer:

          I bought this mixer as a dual purpose unit: I wanted to mix audio from a vocal mic and instrument mic for online video, and I wanted to be able to mix inputs from different instrument and vocal mics for digial recording of my son's music (he's a multi-instrumental musician and singer).My intial perceptions of this mixer are favorable. It's not a studio-quality board, but is very, very well made and designed for the consumer or entry-level pro-wannabe.I did have to return the first unit I received, because it had a bad master volume potentiometer that cut in and out. The return process was simple and quick- no issues.Sound quality is better than expected and the built-in USB interface works beautifully. Controls are smooth and precise, and the various VU and clip LEDs are accurate and useful while recording to my laptop.I considered going for a less-expensive Behringer model, but am very glad I spent the extra $ or so for more inputs and the built-in USB, I've already made good use of them.Overall, very highly recommended.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Product

          By Chase

          from Ann Arbor, MI

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

          • USB Main mix only

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Behringer XENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer:

          I've been using this mixer for about a month now to record my band. We use a DAW called Reaper, and it works really well with the software. The one thing That I would really like out of it is for each channel to send separately to the DAW instead of just sending the Main Mix. But it's ok, we've still been able to do our recording. Check us out[@]

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          4.0

          Great Audio Swiss Army Knife!

          By OyoBass

          from Taco, Ma!

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Does the job
          • Inexpensive
          • Punches Above its Weight
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Manual Very Limited

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Audio for Video
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Voice Over

          Comments about Behringer XENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer:

          I work for the education department of a large regional healthcare provider. I support the production of educational videos, as well as large events and classes.

          The Xenyx 1204 USB is "just what the doctor ordered" for video shoots, voice-overs and recording narration of PowerPoint presentations.

          I also plan to use it for larger productions when the built-in audio mixer/amps in are classrooms won't provide enough inputs.

          The low-cut (high pass) filters are great for getting rid of the mechanical rumble in our building, while the 3 band EQ and compression help get a pro-sounding narration quality.

          I found the self-noise to be more than I'd like at the higher gain settings needed to get acceptable levels from our TR-50 BPS lavalier mics. This is made even worse when comression is added to fatten up the sound. I would also like the flexibility of having sweepable mids, but for the price, the 1204 USB provides more than expected in sound quality and flexibility.

          ONE IMPORTANT NOTE: You will not be able to record via USB if your company/organization does not give you administrator privelidges. After spending an hour on the phone to the IT department, they finally were able set me up to be able to use the USB recording feature. Now the drivers work as expected.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          great for the price

          By scott

          from pittsburgh

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Behringer XENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer:

              I use this mixer for radio and television. Works great only problem is that the audio feedback is choppy and loud but the actual output is great quality.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Value

              By Pineapple

              from Rhode Island

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Behringer XENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer:

                    Solidly built with lots of i/o options. Compression adds punch for voice-overs. Includes a rack mount kit. Very flexible mixer.

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                    4.0

                    LOTS OF BANG FOR THE BUCK!

                    By Tomelwich

                    from Orlando, Fl

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Behringer XENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer:

                      Song writer studio hub.
                      Clean and punchy with lots of ins and outs.
                      Lacks separate sends for the usb.

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                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      It gives more than your money's worth

                      By VideTec

                      from St. Vincent and the Grenadines

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Behringer XENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer:

                        I use this product for outdoor church meetings. We connect some musical instruments and microphones and found no problems in mixing for professional output. I also use this product to train new sound technicians for our church. The USB feature doesn't benefit me at all.

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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        fantastic mixer for small use

                        By pomonasi

                        from la crescenta, ca

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • NA

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording

                        Comments about Behringer XENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer:

                        i bought this unit to have a small recording session within my apartment. i didn't want to spend a fortune while looking for the most bang for the buck. i considered other brands but for what this mixer offers, no other brands came close. i mean, this thing is set for anything you want in a small setting. of course, i should have gone with the built-in effects unit but i dont have any regrets.
                        recordings come out extremely clear, compressions work great, and everything is so straight forward. i didnt have enough time to fiddle around with it too much but so far, it has been excellent.

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                        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Behringer 1204

                        By Pennacle Studios

                        from Memphis, TN

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Controls
                        • Compact
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Behringer XENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer:

                          I wish I would have owned this thing when I played in my former band. Now I use it for recording. It's all a small band needs, and for the money, there's no beating it.
                          Originally I was going to do some scratch recording with a line in directly into my computer's soundcard, but I have Windows 7 and was experiencing a problem with latency and feedback. I tried several other USB interfaces and found this one to be the best by far. The other company I was dealing with was quite annoyed by me buying products and returning them repeatedly because I wasn't satisfied. Once I found this one, they were glad to get rid of me, and I was glad I didn't have to go back.
                          This thing does exactly what it's supposed to do, route sound. There's no hissing, no feedback, and it works perfectly.
                          The other reviewers were talking about how it was difficult to use and how the software wasn't great.
                          First off, if you've ever dealt with a mixer, this one is no different except for the red button that routes the sound through the usb interface.
                          Secondly, I would never use this software for recording anyway. It might be ok, but I never tried it.
                          Bottom line, it does what it's supposed to do, there's no lag, no feedback, no white noise, and it has a great price.
                          P.S. One reviewer said it had great effects. This unit does NOT have effects. If you want effects, the Behringer 1204fx is what you need to get, however most recording software comes with plenty of effects.

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                          (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          A Lot To Learn but worth IT!

                          By Randfixer

                          from St. PetersburgFlorida

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate Controls
                          • Compact
                          • Excellent Sound

                          Cons

                          • Difficult To Use

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events

                          Comments about Behringer XENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer:

                          First, I am a novice at mixing and this unit is about semi-pro musicians, so I am a little lost. If you are new then this unit is a big learning experience, so be prepared to test you're PC and electronic intelligence or get something simpler. For the money it was great, it does all the stuff I could want, effects, multi inputs, and so on. And Behringer is a great product. One warning! If you are hoping to power a small group then you will also need either powered speakers or a power head and speakers to get decent sound. It will power your mics OK but nothing more, though I did get my pre-amped guitar through it. Now I am micing my guitar amp and running it through the mixer , into my power head and out my studio monitors and the sound is great.

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                          4.0

                          Great deal for the money

                          By RC Video

                          from Olathe, Ks

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Performances

                            Comments about Behringer XENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer:

                            I use this board for depo work event recording.

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                            (1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            Hardware good - Software is horrible!

                            By John Tyletr

                            from Norton, MA

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact

                            Cons

                            • Difficult To Use

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Music Videos
                            • Soundtracks

                            Comments about Behringer XENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer:

                            The hardware is good. The energy xt 2.5 software is geared toward engineers, and needs to e written for dummies like first time users of equipment. It took a week for me to figure out my equipment and the software. Their manuals are horribe because they fail to tell dummies like me: STEP ONE...here's how to hook up the machine.
                            STEP TWO...Here's how to make sure you get an input signal.
                            STEP THREE...do this....

                            THey give an overview of their products, which is horrible. Glad I didn't spend thousands on equipment - it might take months to figure it all out.

                            John Tyler

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                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            I still can not believe how good it is

                            By John B

                            from Coney Island, NY

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Behringer XENYX 1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer:

                              I got this mixer, for times when I have a small band's who play on the stages were the main sound board, does not have a sight line to the stage, but I also now use it as a stage mixer for samplers, key boards, sound effect units and drum kits (for the compressors. I am getting way more use out of this than I ever thought I would. I know some bands have bought this after seeing how good it is.

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