Behringer X Air XR12 12-Input Digital Mixer for iPad/Android Tablets with Wi-Fi and USB Recorder

Behringer X Air XR12 12-Input Digital Mixer for iPad/Android Tablets with Wi-Fi and USB Recorder

Behringer X Air XR12 12-Input Digital Mixer for iPad/Android Tablets with Wi-Fi and USB Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • Built-In Wi-Fi Module
  • IOS, Android, Mac, PC, Linux Control
  • Midas-Designed Microphone Preamps
  • XLR Outputs
  • X32 FX Rack with 4 Stereo FX Slots
  • USB Connectivity for Storage
  • Records Audio via USB
  • MIDI In / Out
  • Includes Rack Ears & Protection Bumpers
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Behringer XR12 overview

  • 1Description

The X Air XR12 from Behringer is a 12-input portable rack-mountable mixer for iPad and Android tablets. It can be used for both live and studio environments in applications such as live stage, theater, houses of worship, rehearsals, and more. It features four Midas-designed mic preamps and an integrated Wi-Fi module for wireless control, giving you the ability to move around and manipulate all parameters of your mix. Furthermore, it has USB connectivity for file storage and future system updates. The built-in USB stereo recorder can record your live tracks uncompressed directly to your iPad or PC. You can then dial in a monitoring mix with effects and zero latency, while sending your stereo mix and the keyboard player's MIDI notes to your DAW for recording.

The X Air XR12 has additional features included as well, such as the MIDI in/out jack for controlling the mixer via MIDI equipment using Mackie control protocol via a live performance controller. This mixer also comes with several Behringer effects, such as a Leisure compressor and leveling amplifier, mid/sides Fair compressor, a 5-band Combinator compressor, modulation delay, Sub Octaver, and an Edison EX1 that allows you simple manipulation of the stereo field. Finally, the XR12 includes a Sound Maxer and a dimensional chorus effect, which can help you to restore natural brilliance and clarity to the original audio signal. Whether you're recording in the studio, or you want to capture intimate live performances, it's never been easier to record professional-sounding tracks with clarity.

4 Onboard X32 Effects Engines
The onboard virtual FX Rack provides access to four true-stereo (8 mono), multi-effects processors including delay, chorus, dynamics - plus the XR12 can run production-quality, true-stereo reverbs concurrently with 31-band EQ on the main and aux buses, all without the need for any additional hardware
X AIR gain Sharing technology can easily manage fully automated mixes with several live microphones. Dugan Auto-Mixing automatically manages microphone gain sharing (future firmware)
Real Time Analyzer
100-band Real Time Analyzer for all channels and bus EQs
Rack Mountable
Rack ears and protection bumpers included for flexible rack and onstage applications
Digital Signal Processing
40-bit floating-point DSP features "unlimited" dynamic range with no internal overload and near-zero overall latency
Compatible with Several Devices
Free iOS, Android and PC/MAC/Linux apps available for remote operation via Ethernet, LAN or Wi-Fi
UPC: 748252150844
In the Box
Behringer X Air XR12 12-Input Digital Mixer for iPad/Android Tablets with Wi-Fi and USB Recorder
  • Set of Rack Ears
  • Protection Bumpers
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Behringer XR12 specs

    Mic Preamps 4x Midas programmable mic preamps on combo XLR/TRS balanced 1/4" (6.3 mm) jacks
    Inputs Mic/Line: 4x XLR/TRS balanced 1/4" (6.3 mm) combo jacks
    Line: 8x 1/4" (6.3 mm) jacks
    Outputs Main: 2x XLR
    Effects 4x stereo (8 mono) onboard X32 effects
    Aux 2x 1/4" (6.3 mm)
    Headphone 1x 1/4" (6.3 mm)
    MIDI In/Out allows controlling the mixer via MIDI equipment (including Mackie Control protocol) or for use as a USB MIDI interface
    Antenna Yes
    Ethernet Capability Wired: Yes
    Wi-Fi: Yes
    USB Compatibility Yes: Connectivity for storage
    Stereo Recording: Directly to your iPad or PC
    Dimensions Not listed by manufacturer
    Weight Not listed by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.0 x 8.4 x 5.8"

    Behringer XR12 reviews

    X Air XR12 12-Input Digital Mixer for iPad/Android Tablets with Wi-Fi and USB Recorder is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty amazing device! Firmware updates add new features. The Behringer XR12 comes at an amazing price point for the powerful features inside. I almost couldn't believe what they were claiming, but everything was true. To start with, the unit itself is really nicely sized and looks great. As soon as I dropped it behind our main mixer, everyone was exclaiming ooh and ahh every time they saw it. It definitely sets itself apart from other equipment. I love that you have three modes to connect with, although the bootstrap to get up can be a bit clumsy at first. In the wifi router mode, you can connect directly to the unit from multiple different apps (Android and iOS) and feel secure that no one is going to muck up your settings. When connected on an existing network, the password is key, as you want to keep it private. If you're going to put it on any existing WiFi network, make sure you set it up securely. I didn't try the direct ethernet connection, but I'm sure it's great. With WiFi, it's really not even needed, but nice to have. There are plenty of inputs and outputs, and all of them are solid. The USB connection is stable and solid once you connect to the XR12, but I noticed that upon booting up, if you don't start by connecting to the USB device in the app, it will sometimes act like it's not there. Not a huge deal, and it's easily worked around (unplug the USB key, plug it back in), but I hope they fix that in an upcoming firmware upgrade. The jewel of the device, though, is the mobile applications. I tried three version: iOS on iPad, Android on tablet, and phone (both iOS and Android). All worked fine, and honestly, each have their own strengths. The iOS app looks the best and is probably my main work machine. It is easy to understand and use, and all the controls are conveniently located where I would expect them to be. The Android versions may not look as nice on the main screen, but they have a couple of different features that make Android more useful in some cases. For example, the RTA waveforms are far more easy to read and differentiate on Android (due to color and such) than they are on the iPad. However, depending on the size of your Android device, you may have to switch between banks of channels in the app, which isn't the case in the iPad version. I know Behringer is working hard to bring the two apps into parity, and when they do, none of this will matter, but for now, you might prefer one interface over the other. I did notice a lag on the iOS app between when you hit the control for the EQ and when it appears. This lag wasn't present on the Android versions. This may be more of an issue on older devices than newer ones. Feature-wise, you're MORE than maxed out with this unit. You can adjust gain, cutoffs, insert effects, assigns sends and busses, set EQ's and more, all from your tablet. You can save and restore specific scenes and settings, and even customize the interface. For example, I wanted to show channels 1-4, and then my two effects channels, one send and another input channel, all with custom colors and labels on the scribble strips. Doable? Absolutely. It looked (and worked) great. Really, this device brings you into the realm of a full digital mixing station, and that's pretty darn impressive for this price. The options for effects, applied to channels or inserted into mixes, is astounding. Not only can you choose from a 30+ library of effects, but you can tweak every setting on each effect, and use it on the channel insert or effects send. Seriously, this is pretty amazing technology. A perfect example of where this mixer has raised the bar (up!) is when I had this inline for HoW and I was getting some ringing on the lapel mic of one of the actors. I was able to pull up a True EQ, find the ring and bring it down. Then, because I knew it would be happening every time the actual production was going, I saved that setting and was able to recall it later each night. Completely ringed out with nada a concern about other settings. Sweet! The USB recorder (two channel, assignable) is sufficient, but the apps need work here. It would be easy for them to add additional functionality around playback and recording options, and I suspect Behringer will improve this at some point. It's enough for now that I can record off the unit, and playback pre-loaded tracks in my HoW setting. Later, I'm hoping for things like queuing up playlists, setting A-B points, and transport controls with greater granularity. As frequently as Behringer has been issuing updates, I'm hoping they'll get to this in the next six months to a year. I'm ranking this review 4/5 because of the limited MTR features, and the (currently) missing auto-mix. As soon as auto-mix arrives (Q2 2016), I suspect this review will be 5/5. Read on... I gave this review a star less than perfect ONLY because I know there is a couple of really great features that I feel should be in this model, as opposed to the XR18. Specifically, ability to record more than two tracks (based on my electronics and firmware background, I believe this unit is capable of handling at least four track recording), and the oh-so-delicious auto-mixing feature. Right now, auto-mixing is an XR18 feature. Rumor has it that this feature will be added to XR12+ firmware in the Q1-Q2 range of 2016. It's on their webpage for the XR12! I suppose Behringer keeps some of the features down to differentiate their line a bit (and it clearly works to some extent, because I lust after the XR18), but I feel these are upgrades that could make the XR12 the defacto standard for this new breed of device. In the meantime, there's not much more than Behringer could add here without just giving us the whole farm; it's impressive. I highly recommend this product, and the entire line in particular. I don't know that I'll be using any other equipment, in our application, except maybe our full-line digital mixer for masters. Awesome job Behringer!
    Date published: 2016-03-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Working fine so far; deserves a model update to improve WiFi I've used the product once so far, as a preamp for a theatrical film showing in a church venue. Both XLR and 1/4 signal in worked fine for the 3 input channels that I needed. I used XLR out to pipe into the church's main sound board. I used both the left-right pan functionality on the control software, plus a bit of the equalizer on one channel. I haven't played with any of the fancy features, such as the internal bus control or the effects processors. The WiFi needs an improvement -- Behringer has chosen a chipset that only supports 2.4GHz and WEP crypto. 2.4GHz is the more conflicted area of the WiFi spectrum, while 5GHz (unsupported by this product) is generally more reliable. The support of only WEP crypto (security) is a significant flub. WEP has been easily crackable for at least 10 years using simple software that anybody can download to a laptop, and the current best-practices WPA2 encryption has been available for years even in consumer devices. Presumably most users won't have to worry about using this preamp in a hostile environment where somebody in the audience is trying to hijack control of your mixer from their mobile phone, however if you are, you'll want to eschew the WiFi control and use the direct ethernet cable connection... which of course means that you're now tethered via cable to the Behringer from a laptop. The Android app ecosystem for this unit was slightly confusing, since there are two different apps, one of which is a heavily stripped-down version that's just for people who want volume sliders; the other is the full app that provides all functionality. The default setting on the Android app sets the master volume sliders to zero, and they're hiding in a separate section and not labeled master volume, so it took me some initial experimenting to get the Behringer to output an audio signal. Note that this mixer, by design, has no on-unit volume controls. You must use a tablet or laptop. - Review by Bruce Hahne, (c) 2017
    Date published: 2017-03-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally received this mixer, pre-ordered it in March... I installed this unit in our children's worship area. The musician that sings can control the sound right from his ipad. I have also installed a PC in the back of the room that can be used for larger events when a sound-man is needed. I have run it through it's paces, and so far I love everything about it. I have setup some effects and mixed a singer and his guitar. Love it!! I have not been able to get the music playback from a flash drive working yet, I think it is a file format issue. Asks for WAVs, not mp3's...
    Date published: 2015-07-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This mixer is amazing! For how small it is and portable it makes any gig a breeze. I use this mixer for my company work and also for fun. With the iPad you can literally walk anywhere in the venue. It adds a whole new level to this industry. If you are on the fence of buying this I highly recommend buying one. You won't regret it.
    Date published: 2016-07-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Perfect! I use this for live mixing of everything from small bands and karaoke to public seminars. All of the functions and layout are well thought out by sound engineers not computer programmers. The multi level dynamics and effects make your front of the house mixing a breeze Rusty
    Date published: 2015-08-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Behringer X Air XR12 seems ideal for installation purposes I've been waiting for several months for this mixer to start shipping. I'm using this in a clients home studio. He hosts a national radio show and uses this mixer as his interface for connecting to my studio where the program is produced. He uses an EV RE-20 mic with mild EQ and compression from the XR12. It sounds perfect. He also gets a return audio feed from me through the mixer which also provides his headphone mix. The nice thing is that I can set it up, then disconnect the PC/Tablent control and just let it sit in the rack doing what it does. When he turns it off at the end of the show, all of the settings are saved. He doesn't need to do anything to it but turn it on and it's ready to go. We also use the USB port for doing a backup recording of his audio. The routing options within the software allow you to send direct feeds, Aux or Buss feeds, or the main stereo output to the USB drive and it will record any two sources as a stereo file. I could see this working well for a small band, or a person with a home voiceover studio who wants to get the settings right and then save them and not have to worry about it. I can also see this used in a contractor installation situation where you want preset processing on a small number of mics but don't want to run the risk of someone messing with the settings. For that matter, a hotel or conference center with an A/V office could manage a fleet of these remotely via ethernet or wi-fi. We just received this so it's still very new, but I'm very pleased with it so far. It has exceeded my expectations. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I haven't had it in use long enough. That said, so far so good!
    Date published: 2015-07-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome It does everything and more that the company blurbs say. I ti fits comfortably into my 2 space rack and is a breeze to set up and use. You can save the setup of any particular gig or room and just dial it back up. The effects are impressive, the compressor and channel dynamics are great. The mic pre- is transparent and noiseless. For $ - this thing is a steal and very LIGHT to carry!
    Date published: 2015-10-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing for the price I have owned a full-size Behringer X32 for a couple of years, and I ordered one of these at short notice to act as a band pre-mixer for a musical theatre show on which I would otherwise have run out of inputs on the main board. I had it up and running in five minutes flat, using my existing WiFi router. I'm running four mics (two with phantom), six line inputs, and a bass DI into the XR12, combining to three mono mixes (main L, main R, aux 1) to pass to the main board, and it was trivial to set up and sounds just as good as the main board, as indeed it should since it has the same pre-amps and the same brain. Next, I plan to use it for a small gig with four singers on wireless and a simple piano/bass/drums band in place of that venue's ancient analog board, perhaps using my Behringer BCF2000 as a control surface, although the iPad app works great too (although I prefer the more skeuomorphic UI design of the one for the X32 - the X-Air one is too technical and Tron-like). Absolutely a steal for $299, plus B&H got it across the country to me in three days for free.
    Date published: 2015-07-28
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