The Behringer X AIR XR16 Digital Mixer is a powerful 16 input portable/rack-mountable mixer for iPad and Android tablets. Thanks to its 8 MIDAS-designed mic preamps, integrated Wi-Fi module for wireless control, plus USB connectivity for file storage, system updates and uncompressed stereo recordings via the USB Stereo Recorder, the XR16 is suited for both live and studio applications.
The X AIR XR16 lets you manipulate all parameters with your iOS device or PC. Using the free app, you can dial in the perfect sound from anywhere in the venue or control room. This is possible due to its integrated Wi-Fi module. You can connect up to 4 clients directly and concurrently via the Access Point mode. Wi-Fi Client allows you to add your mixer to the existing wireless network where the controlling apps and devices are connected. Alternately, wired connections can be made directly to your PC, to a local area network (LAN), or when connecting to a dedicated Wi-Fi router.
A front panel USB connector gives you the ability to record you live stereo tracks directly to the connected USB flash media or hard drives. This means you can dial in the best possible live mix with effects and zero latency, whilst sending a dedicated stereo mix to your thumb drive for recording, or play background music in a break.
With applications such as an onstage panel discussion, press conference or courtroom proceeding, it can be hard to maintain so many open mics and ensure maximum gain for the moderator. This issue has been resolved by the revolutionary X AIR Gain Sharing technology. This, allows you to easily manage fully automated mixes with several live microphones. It automatically controls the levels of the selected microphones in real time, without any unwanted artefacts or noise modulation. The Gain Sharing noticeably reduces the feedback, studio noise and comb filtering changes that can occur when two or more mics are in close proximity of each other.
The XR16 is equipped with very same effects engines as the X32 digital mixing console. The virtual effects racks provides access to four stereo, multi-effects processors including delay, dynamics an chorus. Furthermore, the XR16 can run stereo reverbs concurrently with 31-band EQ on the main and aux buses, all without the need for any additional hardware. All these effects are controlled via the X-AIR Android and iOS apps.
The XR16 has a 100-band real time analyzer with full bar and spectrograph views. This high resolution RTA displays the audio energy distribution in 100 frequency bands over time, capturing a sonogram window of a full 10 seconds. This 100-band real time analyzer is built into every input channel and bus EQ. You can view all the settings in the control app, allowing you to see and make surgical changes to frequencies in need of a boost or a cut. A low-cut, 4-band parametric EQ and the same Gate and Compressor dynamics suite found in the X32 are also found on every input channel. But now you can choose between expert or simple functionality. When in expert mode, you can get your hands on every tiny part of your dynamics. Simple mode is more suited for if you're the plug and play type, and lets you choose from one of four optimised presets, or load your own templates. A 40-bit, floating-point DSP has been added to the mix, meaning you'll experience virtually unlimited dynamic range with no internal overload and near-zero overall latency.
The main input of control for the XR16 comes from the X AIR apps for your computer, iOS or Android device. X AIR edit is a free piece of software that's compatible with either Windows, Mac and Linux. Simply install the software and connect your computer with a Cat5 cable, and now all X AIR mixer functions are instantly mirrored on your computer screen. With the X AIR for iPad, you connect to the XR16 over Wi-FI, and when you are, all the settings can now be adjusted directly from your iPad. The app allows you to save your favourite scenes, and load previously stored scenes and presets r customize your channel layout, all using an innovative drag ’n’ drop system. The same goes for the X AIR app for Android.
The main features of the Behringer X AIR XR16 Digital Mixer include:
- iPad/Android tablet controlled 16-input digital mixer
- 8 award-winning MIDAS-designed, fully programmable mic preamps
- Integrated Wi-Fi module
- Revolutionary Dugan Auto-Mixing
- USB connector
- Award-winning X32 effects rack featuring 4 stereo FX slots including high-end simulations such as Lexicon 480L and PCM70, EMT250 and Quantec QRS etc.
- 100-band Real Time Analyzer (RTA)
- Rack ears and protection bumpers included
- 4 Aux and main LR buses with inserts, full dynamics processing and 6-band parametric or 31-band graphic EQ
- 4 XLR Aux outputs and 2 XLR main outputs plus phones connector
- 40-Bit floating-point DSP features unlimited dynamic range with no internal overload and near-zero overall latency
- Free iOS, Android and PC/Mac/Linux apps available for remote operation via Ethernet, LAN or Wi-Fi
- MIDI In/Out allows controlling the mixer via MIDI equipment (incl. Mackie Control protocol)
- Future firmware updates, incl. new FX “Plug Ins”, downloadable from behringer.com free of charge
- Internal switch-mode power supply