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Rating and Reviews: Behringer QX1622USB XENYX

With 4 XENYX mic pres, "one-knob" compression, 4-band EQ on every channel, onboard digital effects and more, this mixer packs a lot into a small footprint.

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"Good project studio mixer with a litlle room for improvement." submitted January 3, 2015

By Kurt N in Robbinsdale, MN
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Musical Background: Former professional, current active hobbyist. 40 years experience in electronic music.
Music Style: Pop, electronic, semi-classical.
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Sound: This mixer performs well in the most important mixing task of being dead quiet. If you experience any unwanted noise, it would be coming from your cables, instruments or some outside source of electrical interference. Feature: The built in compression and digital multi effects are a real bonus, especially at this price. They all sound great. The EQ is excellent. I do have some nitpicks on the features. The four mono inputs allow you to connect via XLR or 1/4" plug, but not both. It would be nice if they added an input select switch for those channels so you could use both inputs without changing connections. Although the built in effects sound great and all of the important effects you're likely to use are covered, I wish there was more flexibility in the adjustment parameters on some of them. It would be nice to have the ability to select at least a couple of effects and set them up in series or parallel. The multi-effects they provide are useful, but you are limited to a few preset choices. You can't save user presets, but any adjustments you make will remain if you go to another effect and come back. They don't automatically return to a default setting which is nice. I also wish there was a way of adjusting the viewing angle contrast on the display. It's hard to see what effect is active unless you are almost directly over the mixer. All that being said, the effects are very high quality and are a real bonus. You can always connect an outboard processor via the inserts for more flexibility, especially if you want different effects on different channels. There are separate mix controls on each channel for internal and insert effects. Ease of Use: I've been using a similar type of mixer for more than 30 years, so if I said really easy, it might not seem quite so easy to someone with little or no prior mixing experience. I still have to say as far as mixers of this type go, it is really easy to use. Quality: This mixer appears to be very well made. The sockets are tight and the controls feel very sturdy. In a studio, there's nothing about it that would lead me to believe there would be any durability issues. If used on the road, a solid, fitted, foam-lined carrying case would be essential. Value: This mixer provides a huge bang for the buck. The built in high quality effects are what really set this apart in this price range. Manufacturer Support: Some of functions on this mixer are configured a little differently than my old mixer. I thought I had a couple of inputs which weren't working. I looked in the manual and tried all kinds of things with no luck. I e-mailed the company and got a response in fairly short order that immediately solved the issue. The person who responded was very friendly. This does lead me to one complaint. The manual covers four models of Xenyx mixers. Although they have a lot in common, there are distinct differences and it can be very confusing looking at information and illustrations which don't apply to my model. There should be a specific manual for each model. This may have prevented me from having to e-mail on a small issue I should have been able to easily find in the manual. A troubleshooting guide would also be helpful. The Wow Factor: Very appealing. Mixers like this are a basic utility for bands and anyone working with multiple sound sources. The wow on this would be the excellent built in effects. Overall: I bought this to replace a 30 year old mixer with a similar number of inputs and outputs. I made a good choice.
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