Sound systems are usually looked over when parties are planned. It is as if the tech booth guys don’t have much going on with the audio at every party. If you work within the industry, though, this isn’t the case. The work is poetic if you put your whole heart into it. This is why I take my job seriously and work with nothing but the best.
Behringer X32 Rack Reviewed
Behringer was founded in 1989 and was named after the founder, a Swiss engineer named Uli Behringer in Germany. Since then, Behringer has been in a lot of legal problems with the recreations of expired patents. I won’t claim or deny any of these allegations, of course. I am here to review their amazing equipment that is the X32 Rack.
The rack is 5.2 inches in height, 19 inches in width, and 11.3 inches in length. It weighs 14.4 pounds. Its series of buttons, dials, and jacks are a little daunting at first, but there’s nothing a little practice and study can’t do.
On the leftmost side, there are two USB slots; one is for storage and setup, while the other is for firmware updates and recording. Next are the channel number and the level meter. After this is a selector for either Input, Auxiliary, Bus, Matrix, or DCA. Further below is the Solo and the Mute button, with the Input Level Adjust dial.
The thing I like about this is the placement of buttons around the display screen. In the center of the rack is the Display screen. At the bottom part of this section are rotary encoders with button push capabilities. Beside the dials are the navigation controls with four arrows for each of the major directions. On the direct right of the screen are two-level meters, namely the Mono Bus/Solo and the selected channel’s meter level. On either side of those mentioned above are the display selection buttons.
See, the thing about this placement is that it has all that I need within a finger’s reach. I also don’t have to hunt down for the manual just to control the device, even on the second time using this. It’s professional and yet so easy to use.
The next set contains Talkback controls, Clear Solo buttons, and the Main Stereo Bus Level control. The final set on the rightmost side of the rack is the Monitor/Headphones Level control, the jack for the Headphones, and the power switch at the very bottom.
I am also very happy about the number of inputs and outputs this rack can hold. At the upper right corner is an External Talkback Mic input beside the Monitor/Control Room Output. Beside this are the Auxiliary Input connectors with their Output counterpart in the set below. Below this is Assignable Output connectors. On the other half of the back part are the Channel Input connectors.
The bottom half of the rack hosts the power socket, the optional card and slot, a jack for the Ethernet connector, MIDI Input and Output, and Ultranet Output, and Bi-directional ports. These are labeled with black ink.
Care and Maintenance
The manual that comes with every purchase gives clear instructions for those who use this product. It is especially important to me for the first few times using this, given that new equipment always confuses me.
The rack is compatible with the IOS applications for editing, mixing, and recording. It is convenient, especially in this day and age. I invested in an iPhone just for this rack, and so far, it has been working great.
The device is pretty straightforward. You plug your inputs and outputs in, and you produce audio for audiences to hear and enjoy. Except it is not that easy. There are so many things that come with using the equipment. Perhaps the hardest one is cord management behind the scenes.
This problem points out the feature I like the most about this rack. It has so many connectors that I don’t usually fill up the entire back when setting up. When I do fill it up, the rack doesn’t fail. It performs just as well with a small number of connectors attached to it.
Pros and Cons
I think I’ve said a lot of pro points for this equipment. It has a significant number of connectors. The control may be digital or manual, depending on your style. My one point of complaint would be that the screen on the rack itself is too small. It would have made my work a little bit easier if it were a bit bigger. Another point is that there are no instructions on how to clean the equipment. I like wiping down the surfaces after every use.
This Behringer rack has a lightweight build with heavy-duty performance. It is only one of the many good points surrounding the product. Anyone looking for a worthy investment coming into this industry should invest in one of these. It truly is a world-class device and worth every penny.
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