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Behringer X AIR XR16 Digital Mixer Is Finally In My Live Broadcast Studio!

Photo Moment - September 06, 2017

The Behringer X AIR XR16 is up and running! Definitely not fully configured yet, but let me show you what it's like so far! Also, we're using YouTube's new Ultra Low Latency Streaming Mode. What do you guys think about it?

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Dude, Maybe reduce the caffeine?
Not a chance
It will caught up with you.
I drink one, MAYBE two cups a day. Why do so many people assume I'm jacked up on caffeine, or worse? My mouth moves fast, and my brain (usually) moves faster. That's my life man… not everyone moves at the same pace.
what compressor or precision limiter to get a vocal reduction only when shouting that doesent color sound so singer hears exacly same but lower no coloring below just limiting after ex 12 db......donrt want it to color even touch the other partsss just limit clean ........big hugs from ibiza
If this allowed multitrack recording I would buy it, going to have to go with the xr18.
Totally… I do wish this had that. You can record from TWO sources though, as a stereo pair that you split. But not all inputs.
How you record your audio ?
In the X16 directly, however I've had issues where it randomly stops recording (tried different USB sticks, and the unit has even been in for service, but it still does it), so I also record to an external recorder for backup.
is there a tutorial on how to set this up to go live and record at the same time?
some of the best audio ive heard on youtube... better than more expensive productions!
was just about to point out you had the ipod channel selected but nvm lol
yes a gate sounds odd on a vocal channel when no other audio is also running.
did you try proper effects loop to reduce line noise? not sure if it was ambient room noise or line noise re: 25min
Why didn’t you go with the XAir 18 with its build in computer interface?
Oh I think we're taking about two different products. There's the "X18" and the "XR18". The latter is the bigger version of what I have which is what I was thinking of. Either way, same question still applies 😁
You have to convert the analog audio coming out of your XAir 16 to run it into the computer the XAir 18 has that functionality built in over USB.
Aha. Got it. That's not not how I use it though. I don't use a computer to broadcast. The analog audio mix goes from the X Air into my video switcher, which then goes into the streaming hardware over SDI. I record stems on the X Air for future editing. That is one area where the 18 would’ve been better; it will record all tracks individually whereas the 16 only records two tracks.
PhotoJoseph Ok that’s cool, also do a YouTube search there are tons of videos on the XAir mixer these videos will teach you all you need to know. Also there are a couple of really cool feature in the XAir mixers you might want to play around with. There is a ducking feature, say your playing bumper music in an intro and you want to talk at the same time you can set the ducking to audio reduce the the level of the music as you talk. Also there is an auto mix feature where if you have like a panel discussion with multiple mics or mics and a Skype feeds, when one person is talking all the other mics get auto reduced and you can set your mic as the master and auto reduce all the others! Now you did mention in your video about recording as we discussed before the XAir 16 doesn’t have any USB audio interface to a computer, that usb jack on the mixer is only used for recording to a usb flash drive. Yes it also can be used for playback but that can be a bit tricky, the files need to only be in the wav file format and you have to convert any other file like mp3 to wav in the compatible bit rate and the file names can’t have I think numbers or spaces in them. Also I don’t think the XAir 16 can do simultaneous play back and record so you best to just use an external source like that iPod your using it’s easier!
Thanks! As it is this thing is so beyond my comprehension. I finally got it dialed in and making any changes is somewhat terrifying!
talk about the mixer begins at 8:20
@photojoseph - I have the xair 16 - and I usually record the audio to garageband - but the audio volume is always so low. How can increase the volume being sent out?
obviously 5 and 6 was setup to be used as a matrix. XR18 and the X air 18 does not a carry Matrix like the X32 but it can be configure to be a matrix. The only drawback is you lose two of your AUX, but you can also use your main left and right as additional output.
hey Joseph, can you use the X-air with software like OBS?
The X-AIR is totally independent of your computer. It just outputs a mixed audio signal. So, any XLR to USB converter will allow you to use it with OBS.
This helped me a lot! Thanks.
I've picked up the 18 and my head is still spinning...... lol
Interesting but complete overkill for your needs. This is not a music program so crystal clear spoken voice is good enough.
Possibly, but it’s giving me the control over the audio quality and ability mix and reroute audio differently to different sources. It’s working out very well!!
PhotoJoseph It is a fun, interesting, and very powerful toy, for what this channel is. Keep focused on content. For someone mixing for live performances, an excellent tool.
Fun to see the X Air used with ATEM for live broadcast! I have an XR18 & ATEM 1 M/E 4K. Check out the AUTOMIX function on the X Air, Joseph (useful if you have multiple people on multiple mics: it adjusts mic levels automatically, depending on who's speaking!). Also, if you had the XR18 version, you could use USB to record each individual input plus Main L/R (to record in Logic, for example) as well as pass through audio over USB from computer to X Air. The Behringer X-Touch control panel is also so very helpful in live production (gives you physical controls, like a traditional mixer; talks to X Air over Ethernet). And with XR18 you can also use the P16 monitoring panel (super cool for adjusting/selecting what's in your headphones).
Oh wow… there's always more to play with! Never seen the AUTO MIX feature before. I'm not at the studio now and I've never noticed that UI but when I launch the X-AIR app here (not connected to the mixer) it does show the function… can't wait to play with that!


Then the control panel… I see the big one at $450 (ouch) but also there's this mini one for only $50! https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/XTouchMini?gclid=Cj0KCQiAwp_UBRD7ARIsAMie3XbKugkqff7PvxaX679uppuyF9bNwmNtUK91xzjZVejN5YDSJrx_hfMaAtq1EALw_wcB — would that do the same thing? I see it's USB connected though so does that USB into the mixer (AFAIK it only has a USB port for a memory stick to record to), or does it go to a laptop but still connect to the mixer on the network?


Finally, yeah I do wish my 16 had the ability to record each channel discreetly. That's definitely one feature it's lacking. I can however record a single stereo track, and assign any input or output to each channel, so for a two-person interview it does work. That said, I tried it for the first time yesterday for my interview with Ginger, and for some reason it stopped recording and corrupted the file at some point during the show! I ended up with an unusable 0K file on the memory stick. So bummed. I'll reformat the USB stick and try again.


So many toys!! Thanks Philip. Do you represent Behringer?
PhotoJoseph No connection with Behringer other than enjoying some of their tools! :)
My background is in video production (TV, postproduction) and otherwise dabbling in audio, lighting, music, art. I'm a big GH4 fan (GH3, GH4, FZ2500) and Blackmagic user (with a refurbished GVG110 to control my ATEM).

That Mini controller isn't for direct control of X Air mixers (some people have rigged up control using that; check Behringer Forum & YouTube for their experiments). A cheaper option than the full XTouch is the XTouch Compact: doesn't have LCD scribble strips. But both XTouch & Compact have motorized faders: the faders move, to correspond with their Settings whether you make changes in the computer software/iPad or on the control panel. These panels are also great to use with DAW (like Logic and Audition) and in editing (Premiere).

These X Air boxes are so full of features! I'm constantly learning new things about them, too. Now that you're seeing what they can do, I recommend you think about upgrading to the XR18 (or MR18), for even more useful features: multichannel 2-way channels via USB for recording/playback, more Aux outputs, extra Ethernet-based (but proprietary) port for connecting to monitoring stations (check out that Behringer P16M panel - great flexibility for a solo operator!). I've used USB for multitrack recordings of events, and so much easier than hooking up external audio recorder to Aux outputs.

Anyway, keep up the good work! As an adjunct instructor at local community college (video editing; motion graphics) I can appreciate how much time and effort you put into explaining things. :)
Thanks again Phillip, I appreciate the info and encouragement. Of course posts like yours usually cost me money… 😁
i have an xair 12 and my macbook pro air 13 doesnt recognize the mixer :( can you help me?
You probably have the wrong version of the X-AIR app installed. That was my mistake when I first set it up. Go to their website and make sure you get the right model app installed.
Use those noise gates when you're mixing a live drum kit or in a place with a noisy background, not when you're sitting in a (mostly) quiet room. I use an X18.
+PhillipZX3 Got it
I got an xr16 and x18 they are great, I feel I should have bought an xr18 instead of the x18 because the form factor is so much better on the xr16 and much lighter
airjaff Everyone I know who has an XR16 wishes it were an 18.
The Linthicums what about if they have an x18? Do they wish they had an xr18?
Natürlich. Buy them all.
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