Behringer MX2004A Eurorack Mixer

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8 mono channels/4 stereo channels (all with faders), 3-band EQ (fully swept mid) on mic channels, and 4-band EQ (fixed) on stereo channels. 2 aux sends/2 stereo returns, 2+2 bus output.

Professional Features in Rack Format
When does a mixing desk become a real console? How large does it have to be to allow professional operation? These questions designate a real challenge. How about 20 channels (including aux returns), 3-band EQs with semi-parametric mids in the microphone channels, 4-band EQ in the stereo channels and 2 aux paths, one of them pre/post switchable per channel? Peak, mute, and solo LEDs, ALT 3-4 bus with faders and....all of this in a compact unit that fits anywhere - in project and MIDI studios, for mixes in clubs, video post-production studios, and permanent installations. Wherever you want to mix, the Eurorack MX2004A can do the job.

It's extremely affordable yet features the same quality that's made Behringer consoles so popular. The MX2004A uses many of the same components as the award-winning MX9000. The time when size was an indication of quality is gone for good. Here you get more mixer than you ever would have dared to expect in such a small box. Eight mono channels, 4 stereo channels and 2 stereo aux returns - adds up to 20 inputs that you can use as needed.

16 channel inputs
8 mono inputs
4 stereo inputs
2+2 subgroups
8 mic preamps
3-band EQ (mono channels): high, low, semi-parametric mid, low-cut
4-band EQ (stereo channels)
2 aux sends
2 stereo aux returns
RCA 2-track input/output
+48 V phantom power
8 channel inserts

Unbelievably Flexible Application
There's hardly an application that can't be mastered with read more the MX2004A. Using the aux returns as additional inputs gives you an unbelievable 20 line inputs plus an RCA 2-track input. And that's only the beginning. In order to be able to deal with several signal sources on stage, the MX2004A features balanced ULN (Ultra-Low Noise) discrete microphone input stages with conjugate-pair high-current transistors. Thanks to extreme bandwidth (5 Hz to 100 kHz) they deliver exceptional performance and enormous headroom at all gain settings. The mono channels additionally sport a 10-dB pad for the high-level line inputs and an unbelievable 60 dB of amplification. This means that even the weakest signals enter the channel strip at unity gain. The solo mode can be switched between PFL (Pre-Fader Listening) and solo-in-place, allowing input signal monitoring for optimal gain settings as well as stereo post-fader checks.

You're in Control
The MX2004A's special control room matrix expands your horizon in any live situation. During program pauses you can route a CD player or tape deck to the main mix. Or use the Control Room pot to control the level of a sub-mix that you've created with the ALT 3-4 bus. If you need additional outputs - for broadcasting, 2-track recording, or whatever, you can use the control room and main mix outputs simultaneously. The possibilities are virtually endless. For more flexibility in live situations, the Effects To Monitor button routes selected effects, like reverb, to the monitor path. When activated, this function routes aux return 2 to aux send 1. If aux 2 is not connected, aux return 1 is routed to aux send 1.

An Effective Low-Cut Filter Makes All the Difference
Behringer's extremely steep (18 dB/octave), 75-Hz low-cut filter is an incredibly useful tool in live mixing. With it you can almost entirely remove low-frequency noises without thinning out the low end of your mix. On the contrary: combined with the low shelving EQ you can add incredible punch to thin vocals or instruments. And did we forget to mention the balanced inputs capable of handling line or microphone level signals?

No Options - Extras Included
The MX2004A is delivered with a complete rack-mounting kit. You decide whether to set it on a desk or mount it in a 19 in. rack. For additional flexibility, the ALT 3-4 bus enables you to easily route various channels to your recorder. In addition, you can create a separate mix of selected channels and route it to the main mix via the control room/phones matrix or to a stereo input. The possibilities are breath-taking, but the audio quality is what Behringer is proudest of. The most important factor in recording is pure, transparent, noise-free sound. The MX2004A delivers the same high-quality sound as the already legendary Eurodesk MX9000. This is due to their exclusive ULN (Ultra-Low Noise) circuitry and the massive headroom of our summing amplifiers. The generously proportioned external power supply - standard for all Behringer consoles - also plays an important role here. With the MX2004A you can rest assured that you're equipped to master any situation - live or in your project studio.
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Input Channels
Mic input: electronically balanced, discrete input configuration

Mic E.I.N. (22 Hz - 22 kHz): -129.5 dBu, 150 Ohm source
-117.3 dBqp, 150 Ohm source
-132.0 dBu, input shorted
-122.0 dBqp, input shorted

Distortion (THD&N): 0.007% at +4 dBu, 1 kHz, Bandwidth 80 kHz

Gain range: +10 dB to +60 dB

Max input (Mic): +12 dBu

Line input: electronically balanced

Sensitivity range: +10 dBu to -40dBu

Max input (Line): +22 dBu

Channel fader range: +10 dB to -85 dB

Aux Send gain range: off to +15 dB

Hi shelving: 12 kHz +/- 15 dB, Q fixed at 2 oct.

Mid bell: 100 Hz - 8 kHz +/- 15 dB, Q fixed at 1 oct.

Lo shelving: 80 Hz +/- 15 dB, Q fixed at 2 oct.

Lo Cut (High Pass) filter: -3 dB at 75 Hz, 18 dB/oct.

Main Mix Section
Noise: bus noise, fader 0 dB, channels muted:-100.0 dBr (ref.: +4 dBu), fader 0 dB, all input channels assigned and set to Unity Gain: -88.5 dBr (ref.: +4 dBu)

Max output: +28 dBu balanced XLR,
+22 dBu unbalanced, 1/4 in. jacks

Aux Returns gain range: off to Unity to +20 dB

Aux Sends max out: +22 dBu

Distortion (THD&N): 0.007 %, at +4 dBu, 1 kHz, bandwidth 80 kHz
below 0.02 %, 22 Hz - 22 kHz normal operating levels,
any input to any output, bandwidth 80 kHz

Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 120 kHz +/- 3 dB, any input to any output

Dimensions (H x W x D): approx. 1-1/2 in./3-1/2 in. (40/90 mm) * 16-1/4 in. (410 mm) x 15-1/4 in. (385 mm)

Net Weight: approx. 6 kg (PSU not included)

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:

Submitted November 29, 2009

"This mixer is great for what it is worth."

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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I will be using this mainly for home use and recording use. This mixer is nice!
This mixer has very strong sound quality. It's great for small gigging, home use, and recording sessions.
This mixer's structure is very nice and sleek. It has nice features, except the fact that it has no subs.
Ease of Use
Very simple. For one who knows about mixer's, this is a walk through the park. But for ones who are beginner's, I recommend reading the manual.
This pure German quality. Built Strong with a nice finish. I would still advise to take very well care of it though.
In short, for the what it's worth You get what you want. But now that is discontinued, there are many other mixers out there. I got lucky to get a bargain for 150! When it first came out it was almost 400!
Manufacturer Support
Haven't needed yet thankfully!
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