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Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects

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Product Highlights

  • Built-In USB Audio Interface
  • Easy-to-Use 1 Knob Compressors
  • "British" Style 3-Band EQs
  • Mac, Windows, and Linux Compatible

You Pay: $179.99

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The XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects 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 X1204USB's 4 microphone preamps, "British" style EQ, and 4 easy-to-use one knob compressors.

The X1204USB 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 built-in 24-bit dual engine effects processor features 16 presets that include, reverb, chorus, flanger, delay, pitch shifter, and multi-effects. You can edit the parameters of every preset, and a tap tempo button is included to sync time-based effects. 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 X1204USB 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
Effects processor with 16 editable presets including reverb, chorus, flanger, delay, pitch shifter, multi-effects, tap function and storable user parameter settings
Built-in stereo USB audio Interface to connect directly to a computer
2 aux sends per channel: 1 pre/post fader switchable for monitoring/FX applications, 1 post fader (for internal FX or as external send)
Clip LEDs, mute/alt 3-4, solo and PFL functions 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 13.15" (97 x 247 x 334mm)
Weight 5.64 lbs (2.56 kg)
Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects
  • Power Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Rack Mount Hardware
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty, Extendable to 3-Years with Product Registration
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    BehringerXENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects
     
    4.2

    (based on 52 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (33)
    • Compact (31)
    • Excellent sound (28)
    • Versatile (24)
    • Simple controls (23)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (6)
    • Difficult to use (4)
    • Poor quality sound (4)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (28)
    • Performances (27)
    • Outdoor events / games (24)
    • Music videos (11)
    • Professional recording (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (31), Novice (10), Professional musician (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Amazing for the Price!

    I've been using this solid for a week and am very happy. I was originally attracted to this unit because of the internal, universal power and the USB. I haven't used either yet,...Read complete review

    I've been using this solid for a week and am very happy. I was originally attracted to this unit because of the internal, universal power and the USB. I haven't used either yet, it it's replacing all of my Mackie 1202 mixers and my other XENYX mixers.

    It's light and the FX are better than the other XENYX - you actually get parameters rather than just 99 random FX.

    I use the onboard compression with acoustic guitar pickups - works great.

    I was hoping the USB would replace my audio interface - since the input is pulled from the main, I'll have to do some weird routing of the ALT channels to get that to work.

    Behringer - only one feature is missing - need to pull the USB input from the effects, insert or ALT-3/4 - anything but the main!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not bad for a sale price

    This mixer is OK for real live performances and karaoke parties not a serious studio work.
    The main issue is the USB: it is only 44/48KHz 16-bit which is not...Read complete review

    This mixer is OK for real live performances and karaoke parties not a serious studio work.
    The main issue is the USB: it is only 44/48KHz 16-bit which is not suitable for a serious studio quality results. And there is no way to uninstall their Windows USB driver once installed.
    The both DAT-in and USB-in are connected in parallel to the main mix only and have no volume/frequency control so you should use the such controls in your Windows player.
    The both DAT-out and USB-out are connected in parallel to the main mix only, and they output everything but the DAT-in and USB-in even if you can hear the DAT-in and USB-in thru the main mix' output. So by default you are unable to record a minus (a backing track) from a DAT or USB along with your vocals and instruments back to your DAT or computer thru USB: you'll get only your vocals and instruments recorded back not the backing track. Well, you can try to record the vocals thru the USB and then mix them with the original backing track but there is some USB lag so your vocals will be recorded with some delay of the original sound coming thru the USB to the mixer and back which will require some manual time adjustments to get the vocal tracks in sync with the previous tracks.
    The Behringer's technical support refused to explain why they stripped the USB/DAT-in from the USB/DAT-out - there is just some weird "horrible sound feedback loop elimination" explanation (see their forum) which still creates this feedback loop once I enable the vocal coming from the mixer thru the USB back to the mixer thru the USB. :-)
    So the "USB to MAIN" button adds uncontrollable DAT/USB-in to the MAIN OUT not to the DAT/USB-out, and the Behringer's technical support refused to provide a soldering way to fix this issue.
    The only workaround I found so far to fix this issue is to put the USB-in to the MONITOR not the MAIN MIX (and remove the MAIN and ALT from monitoring to avoid feedback) and then patch from the MONITOR OUT back to the STEREO IN 5/6 or 7/8 and thus mix the "analog" USB-in to the MAIN: this way make the MONITOR channel impossible to use for monitoring but allows to control volume/frequency of the USB-in and record the USB-in back to the DAT/USB-out which in my case allows to record karaoke parties and live performances along with back tracks.

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    4.0

    Does a lot for the price

    By Jeff

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Excellent Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

      Versatile and has several features common on more expensive mixers.

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      5.0

      Great Mixer for the price

      By Bill

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Karaoke Djing
        • Music Videos
        • Performances

        Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

        This mixer has a lot of features for one in its price range. It has special effects and a USB interface that works with your pc or mac for recording or monitoring. It also comes with 19" rack adaptors. All the controls are smooth and the build quality is excellent. I am using this with vocopro wireless mics and a Hercules DJ controller all driving a Behringer 3000 watt amp for Karaoke. All are mounted in a 10U portable gator case, making a very light weight portable Karaoke setup. It all works quite well with a laptop and two Yamaha S115V club speakers. The X1204USB is the perfect complement for my setup.

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        3.0

        Good Product

        By BluReview

        from Little Rock

        Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

        Very good product. It could use more XLR inputs and less quarter inputs. Also, control room and headphone volume needs to be adjusted separately.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Very interesting but I have problems

        By andrepinarq

        from Brazil

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Events

        Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

        The table is quite interesting, is compact, lightweight, full-featured. However, I have trouble understanding how the effects work and how to connect with your computer. The instruction manual is not the best, which forced me to look in the youtube demo videos. Even so I do not understand how to apply the effects. To get the drives installation I have also found difficulty in the site. To be honest I still can not install anything and connect the mixer to the computer. I'm waiting for help from friends. I believe it is a great mixer but for those who do not know, there is a lack of information to operate the device.

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        5.0

        Good board for basic setup

        By LHS Multimedia

        from Lancaster, Ohio

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

          Great board for setting up a small show or event. Use it in my class to teach students how to use audio and to use at small events we do.

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          5.0

          More than I expected!

          By MSBS

          from Two Rivers, WI

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

            Loving my mixer. It exceeds my expectations. Using for my podcast. I really like the sliders versus knobs. The size and amount of channels gives me room to grow. Plus 2 aux sends is perfect for those Skype calls.

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            4.0

            a little complicated

            By gerome

            from maywood, NJ

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Compact
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use
            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Music Videos
            • Soundtracks

            Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

            If you are not familiar with this type of mixer its hard to figure it out, but if you are this is a great mixer and you will injoyed it.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Not bad for a sale price

            By krasoft

            from Toronto, Canada

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

            This mixer is OK for real live performances and karaoke parties not a serious studio work.
            The main issue is the USB: it is only 44/48KHz 16-bit which is not suitable for a serious studio quality results. And there is no way to uninstall their Windows USB driver once installed.
            The both DAT-in and USB-in are connected in parallel to the main mix only and have no volume/frequency control so you should use the such controls in your Windows player.
            The both DAT-out and USB-out are connected in parallel to the main mix only, and they output everything but the DAT-in and USB-in even if you can hear the DAT-in and USB-in thru the main mix' output. So by default you are unable to record a minus (a backing track) from a DAT or USB along with your vocals and instruments back to your DAT or computer thru USB: you'll get only your vocals and instruments recorded back not the backing track. Well, you can try to record the vocals thru the USB and then mix them with the original backing track but there is some USB lag so your vocals will be recorded with some delay of the original sound coming thru the USB to the mixer and back which will require some manual time adjustments to get the vocal tracks in sync with the previous tracks.
            The Behringer's technical support refused to explain why they stripped the USB/DAT-in from the USB/DAT-out - there is just some weird "horrible sound feedback loop elimination" explanation (see their forum) which still creates this feedback loop once I enable the vocal coming from the mixer thru the USB back to the mixer thru the USB. :-)
            So the "USB to MAIN" button adds uncontrollable DAT/USB-in to the MAIN OUT not to the DAT/USB-out, and the Behringer's technical support refused to provide a soldering way to fix this issue.
            The only workaround I found so far to fix this issue is to put the USB-in to the MONITOR not the MAIN MIX (and remove the MAIN and ALT from monitoring to avoid feedback) and then patch from the MONITOR OUT back to the STEREO IN 5/6 or 7/8 and thus mix the "analog" USB-in to the MAIN: this way make the MONITOR channel impossible to use for monitoring but allows to control volume/frequency of the USB-in and record the USB-in back to the DAT/USB-out which in my case allows to record karaoke parties and live performances along with back tracks.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Behringer XENYX X1204USB

            By bibotom

            from Shelton, CT

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

              Use this unit for a small rig. It works like a champ. The built-in compressor does a big help to the vocal tuning.

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              5.0

              Great small mixer

              By Megapictureman

              from Lake In The Hills, IL

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate Controls
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Fits Well In The Case
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Church Services
                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

                I use the XENYX X1204USB as a mixer to input for my Canon XA10 video camera. As the record mix is different than the house mix, I use output from selected channel inserts on a Eurodesk MX 3282A as inputs to this board. This board has all the functions of the larger Eurodesk and more. I had been using a small board that had all rotary controls and no mute buttons. I especially vaule the slide controls on this board along with the mutes. The mutes allow me to do a sound check prior to the event and then when the event starts I can select the selected channels at the correct levels without having to turn a rotary switch and then remember what the correct setting is!

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                4.0

                Great Mixer for the Price

                By Andy

                from Bay Area

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Controls
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Performances

                Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

                I use this to record podcasts with mulitple mics and additionally as a USB audio interface for an electric guitar. Very easy to use right out of the box, and although the pre-amps are a bit quiet, it's easy to make up for it in the mix.

                Audio records clean and with very little noise once settings are configured. Very good value - recommended.

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                5.0

                Good and cheap

                By Louie6

                from Balitimore MD

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Power Output
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

                    Its a very nice product. I am a up and comming rapper doing paid shows and im only 18. Good mixer and it works great for sound quality. Looking into purchasing the next advanced one.

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                    5.0

                    Great for podcasting

                    By March Mountain

                    from Murica

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Podcasting

                        Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

                        I use this mixer to record podcasts and other audio for use on my radio program. I use an EV RE320 and several computer inputs, and it has worked great.

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                        5.0

                        Xenyx is Xceptional.

                        By Marcus Tuneopolis

                        from Los Angeles/Pa.

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

                          Just received my Xenyx X1204USB and as a pro keyboard player, I was very impressed with it's build quality, the fx and the sound, not to mention all of the available configurations for a mixer in this price range. This will serve me well on tour. I'm Xstatic.

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                          5.0

                          Nice!!

                          By Djbandana

                          from the bronx

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Professional Recording
                            • Soundtracks

                            Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

                            i will used this product i lot i tell my friends about this mixer and 3 of then allready buy it we having fun with it thans to bnphotovideo that help me find a good mixer

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                            1.0

                            Thumbs Down

                            By That VidBlaster Guy

                            from Fairhope, Alabama

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

                                  I bought this mixer to handle the audio for my internet broadcast (audio & video). I've owned a USB mixer before and like the fact that it handles both the Line In and Main Out to/from the PC... except... that doesn't work on this mixer. Audio makes it to the mixer from the PC, but it stops there. No audio produced by the PC (videos, music, etc) get returned to the PC.

                                  We'll see how Behringer Tech Support responds. It will determine whether I buy any other Behringer product again in the future.

                                  If no joy, then this little guy goes back.

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                                  5.0

                                  Better than expected at this price level

                                  By rdi

                                  from Santa Clara, CA

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate Controls
                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Excellent Sound
                                  • No Bloatware

                                  Cons

                                  • No Usb Audio Out Controls
                                  • Somewhat Noisy Mic Preamp

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

                                    The mixer works out of the box and takes 5 minutes at most to learn all the controls. Admittedly, I couldn't figure how to configure the FX processor before I read the manual, but other than that the mixer is very straight-forward.

                                    The build quality is very good for the price (knobs are made of hard plastic, compared to the rubberized knobs on my synth).

                                    I bought this particular mixer for the USB audio functionality to connect it to my laptop. It shows as a standard USB audio device and no driver is required. I had trouble recording in Cool Edit Pro, but after downloading Behringer's driver from their website, it works fine. No bloatware of any kind! (I like that!)

                                    I have only 2 minor complaints:
                                    - There is no physical knob or slider to control the USB audio out volume (you can still adjust from the computer though).
                                    - Mic preamps are a bit noisy at high gain levels. Definitely audible with the Behringer C-2 mics, but those seem to have low sensitivity.

                                    Also note that most inputs are on top, as opposed to the back side, as in some other mixers.

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                                    4.0

                                    Does the job

                                    By Tim

                                    from Charlotte NC

                                    About Me Professional Musician

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Music Videos
                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

                                      It's exactly what I expected. Overall, happy with the purchase. Good price.

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                                      4.0

                                      very good

                                      By ruli dj

                                      from pharr tx

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                      • Poor Quality Sound

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Events

                                      Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

                                      Very good mixer excellent effects and the price is very good

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                                      5.0

                                      Very good

                                      By Fabio Mello

                                      from Recife - PE - Brasil

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Amateur Recording

                                          Comments about Behringer XENYX X1204USB - 12-Input USB Audio Mixer with Effects:

                                          Very good product. Meets my expectations and my needs.I made a small studio at home and I had the great surprise of the mixer to get the exceptional qualities.

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