Controls and Connections
Overview: The Behringer X32 is a 40-input, 25-bus digital
mixer designed for both live and studio applications. Its ergonomic control panel
allows for a streamlined workflow with extensive signal processing, I/O routing,
and studio integration. Some of the X32's key features include: 32 MIDAS-designed
mic preamps, 25 fully automated motorized 100mm faders, 16 XLR outputs, 8 stereo
effects processors (16 mono) with 60 effects available, high-resolution 7" color
TFT display, iPad and iPhone apps for remote operation, and more.
MIDAS Preamps: The X32's mic preamps, gain controls and A/D stages
were designed and engineered by MIDAS, the company famous for their
award-winning mic preamplifiers. This proprietary preamp design captures every
nuance of the input signal. Gain setting is fully programmable and covers a
total range of 72 dB, with a resolution of 0.5 dB per step. The input section
uses audiophile-quality Cirrus Logic multi-channel A/D converters, which boast a
114 dB dynamic range.
Virtual FX Rack: The Virtual FX Rack features 8 true-stereo, studio-grade
effects engines, each assignable to any input, group, or output mix bus. Sixty
high-end FX modules are available and include a range of reverbs, delays, EQ's,
dynamics and more.
AES50: Included on the rear panel are two AES50 RJ-45 ports.
These offer up to 96 channels of bidirectional signal flow and are designed to
integrate with the Behringer S16 digital stage box, which is a multi-input,
pre-amp, break-out box for stage use. These ports can also be used to link other
X32s together eliminating the need for signal splitters. This is useful when
one X32 is used as a FOH (Front of House) mixer and all of the input channel
signals need to be passed on to a monitor mixer for the musicians.
X-USB: Behringer's X-USB port is a rear mounted USB (Type B, 2.0)
on an expansion board, that allows up to 32 tracks of
recording and playback through your computer, supporting 44.1 and 48 kHz
sample rates at 24-Bit resolution. Audio from a DAW can also be run through the X32's
built-in FX engines, lessening the work load of the computer. The X-USB port resides on a removable
board that can be
replaced with optional expansion boards, allowing for different types of DAW
connections such as, FireWire, ADAT, MADI, and Dante.
Ultranet: Ultranet is a proprietary protocol, utilizing CAT5 cable,
that allows up to 16 channels of personal monitoring using Behringer's optional
P16-M personal monitor mixer. This allows musicians to customize their own
monitor mix. Multiple P16-M units can be daisy-chained or used with a P16-D
View: All of the main control sections of the mixer include a View
button allowing that parameter to be displayed on the 7" LCD display. This makes
for easy editing as well as adding more detailed options than the front panel
Smartphone/iPad Integration: Behringer offers control apps for iPads
and smartphones (iOS and Android):
- X32-Mix: This iPad app lets you control all 32 mic inputs, 8 AUX
inputs and 16 buses, as well as the FX stereo returns and more.
- X32-Q: This app, for iPhone and Android, allows each artist to
adjust and tweak their own monitor mixes.
Controls and Connections
Input Channels: The Input Channel section contains 16
motorized fader strips used to access the three separate layers of inputs
for the console, as well as a fourth Bus Master layer. These four options
are selected with the following buttons:
- Input Channels 1-16
- Input Channels 17-32
- Auxiliary Inputs 1-6/USB playback/FX Returns
- Bus Master - This allows level adjustment of the 16 Mix Bus Masters.
Each of the 16 input fader strips includes:
- Motorized, 100mm level fader
- Mute and Solo buttons
- Select button - This directs the control focus of the user interface,
including all channel related parameters, to that channel. At any given
time, there can only be one Select button activated.
- Six segment LED level meter with Gate and Compressor indicators.
- Customizable color LCD scribble strip.
Channel Strip: The X32's Channel Strip section has dedicated
controls for the most important processing parameters. When an Input Channel is
activated with its Select button, all of these parameters will be available for
that channel. Rotary knobs in this section are surrounded by an amber LED collar
that indicates the parameter's value. Whenever the backlit knob is turned off,
it indicates that parameter is not available for the selected channel. Other
controls in this section are accessed by buttons that illuminate if they're
active. Each section in the Channel Strip has a View button which displays that
function's parameters on the 7" LCD display, making detailed editing easier. The
Channel Strip is divided into the following sections:
- Config/Preamp: This section provides an input Gain knob with
an 8-segment LCD level meter, 48V Phantom power and phase reversal
switches, a Low-cut filter switch with corresponding Frequency dial.
- Gate/Dynamics: A Gate/Ducker switch engages the noise gate
and the Dynamics button activates
the Compressor, with each having their own corresponding Threshold dial. Both functions
use an 8-segment LCD strip for level adjustment.
- Equalizer: An Equalizer button activates this section with 4
frequency bands that can be adjusted: High, High Mid, Low Mid, and Low.
A Mode button determines the type of EQ: Low Cut, Low Shelf, PEQ
(standard parametric), VEQ (vintage style), High Shelf, High Cut. Other
controls include a Frequency knob, a Q knob (adjusts the bandwidth of
the selected frequency), and a Gain knob for the overall level.
- Bus Sends: Four bank buttons along with four corresponding
level controls allow quick adjustment of the Bus Sends. A View button
allows editing and routing on the LCD screen.
- Main Bus: Mono Bus and Main Bus buttons determine if the
selected channel is assigned to the Main Mono or Stereo Bus. A Pan/Bal
knob adjusts the overall left-to-right positioning and a Level knob
adjusts the overall level.
- USB Recorder: This section has a USB (Type A, 2.0) port for
installing firmware updates and for recording performances.
Display and Monitoring: The Behringer X32 includes a
high-resolution 7" color TFT display for easy viewing of workflow components and
parameters. This section includes the following controls:
- Main/Solo Meters: A 24 segment LED meter displays the main output
level as well as the solo level of all channels whose Solo buttons are
- Category Select Buttons: Eight Category Select buttons along the
side of the screen provide quick editing access to all the main functions of
the mixer. These include: Home, Meters, Routing, Setup, Library, Effects,
and Mute Group. The eighth button, Utility, accesses certain utility
functions within each of the previous seven options.
- Push Encoders: Six push encoders are provided along the bottom of
the LCD screen that allow quick editing of that particular function within
any of the editable screens.
- Layer Buttons: Some screens in the Main Display have more than
six editable parameters which can be accessed by the Layer Up/Down buttons.
- Page Select Buttons: These two buttons will scroll through the
available screens or confirm/decline certain actions.
- Monitor Level: Adjusts the level to the Monitor outputs.
- Mono: Switches the Monitor output to mono.
- Dim: This button will attenuate the Monitor signal. The amount of
attenuation can be set, along with other Monitor settings, when the View
button in this section is activated.
- Talk A/B: These two push-buttons allow either the built-in talk
mic or an external mic to be used for Talkback.
- Ext Mic: A balanced XLR connection is provided for an outboard
- Talk Level: Adjusts the talkback volume.
- Lamp: This socket can be used for a 12VDC/5W console lamp.
Group/Bus/Main Channel Banks: This section of the X32 has
eight channel strips that can control the following layers, which are
determined by four selector buttons:
- Eight DCA (digitally controlled amplifier) groups: DCA groups
are useful in situations where you have a collection of similar signals,
and you want to quickly adjust their overall level, but also easily
adjust the individual levels of the channels assigned to the DCA group.
- Mix Bus masters 1-8: A "Bus" is a combined set of channel
signals where each channel feeding the bus can be done so with a
variable level, such as an effects loop, where different channels
feeding the Bus for the effect need to be at different levels. This
setting lets the faders control the busses for channels 1-8.
- Mix Bus masters 9-16: Allows the faders to control the busses
for channels 9-16.
- Matrix Outputs 1-6/Main C: Controls Matrices 1-6 and the main
Scenes/Assign/Mute Groups: This assignable controls section
lets you take the adjustments you make the most and assign them to a group
of dedicated controls. It includes 8 buttons, 4 knobs, and 4 LCD scribble
strip screens that will display the currently assigned function.
Additionally, the controls are divided into three groups A, B, and C,
allowing for a total of 36 different assignable functions. This is also
where Scenes can be saved/recalled and Mute Groups are assigned.
- Scenes: This section contains the controls for
storing/recalling Scenes. A Scene is a "snapshot" of all of the settings
and parameters of the mixer and can be stored/recalled at any time.
Controls in this section are: Prev, Next, Undo, and Go.
- Assign: The Assign section has 8 buttons that can be assigned
to any function for quick access. There are also 4 assignable knobs with
corresponding LCD displays that show the current parameter. A, B, and C
buttons switch between the three banks of Assignments.
- Mute Groups: 6 Mute Group buttons can be programmed to mute
multiple channels simultaneously with the push of one button.
Rear Panel: The X32's inputs and outputs are grouped into the
- Inputs 1-32: All the 32 main inputs into the mixer are female
3-pin balanced XLR connections with MIDAS preamps.
- Auxiliary In/Out: This section provides six 1/4"
balanced TRS connections and a pair of stereo unbalanced RCAs for the Aux Input and a
duplicate set of the same plugs for the Aux Output.
- Outputs 1-16: The X32 provides 16 assignable male 3-pin
balanced XLR output connections. Outputs 15 and 16 act as the Main
- Monitor/Control Room: The Monitor out section includes a stereo
pair of balanced male XLR connections and a pair of stereo 1/4" balanced
- X-USB Card Slot: A USB (Type B, 2.0) connection allows up to 32
channels of audio to be transmitted to and from a computer. This card
is removable and can be replaced with other optional expansion cards such as
FireWire, ADAT, MADI, and others.
- Remote Control: A USB (Type B, 2.0) and an RJ-45 connection are
provided for remote control from a computer.
- MIDI In/Out: Female MIDI In and Out connectors can send and
receive MIDI commands via standard 5-pin DIN cables. These provide MIDI
integration with a DAW or recording software.
- AES/EBU Out: Allows the Main signal to be sent out digitally on a
3-pin AES/EBU XLR cable.
- Ultranet: This is an RJ-45 port used with Behringer's P16-M
personal monitor mix units. These let musicians dial in up to 16 channels of
personal monitor mix and can be daisy-chained together or used in
conjunction with a Behringer P16-D
- AES50 A/B: Two AES50 ports (A and B) are provided for digital
networking of up to 96 channels of audio over shielded CAT5 cable. This can
be used for sharing signals among several X32s or to run to remote stage
- Main Inputs: 32
- Aux Sends/Returns: 8/8
- XLR outputs: 16
- RCA inputs/outputs: 2/2
- Monitoring outputs XLR/1/4" TRS bal: 2/2
- Aux inputs/outputs, 1/4" TRS bal: 6/6
- Phones outputs, 1/4" TRS: 2 (stereo)
- Digital AES/EBU output, XLR: 1
- AES50 ports: 2
- P-16/Ultranet (RJ-45): 1
- USB Type A, top panel, for audio and data import/export:
- USB Type B, rear panel, for remote and DAW interface: 2
- Ethernet, RJ-45, rear, for remote control: 1
- Internal effects engines, stereo/mono: 8/16
- Signal processing: 40-bit floating point
- A/D - D/A conversion: 24 bit@ 44.1/48 kHz, 114dB dynamic range
- I/O latency (console input to output): 0.8 ms
- Network latency (stagebox in > console > stagebox out):
- THD + noise, 20 dB gain, 0 dBu out: <0.006% A-weighted
- Input Impedance XLR, unbal./bal. : 5 kΩ
/ 10 kΩ
- Non clip maximum input level, XLR:
- Phantom power, switchable per input:
- Frequency range, @ 48 kHz sample
rate, 0 dB to -1 dB: 10 Hz - 22 kHz
- Dynamic range, analog in to analog
out: 106 dB
- A/D dynamic range, preamp and
converter: 109 dB
- D/A dynamic range, converter and
output: 108 dB
- Cross talk rejection @ 1 kHz,
- Output level, XLR, nom. / max. : +4 dBu / +21 dBu
- Output impedance, XLR, unbal. / bal.
: 75 Ω / 75 Ω
- Input impedance TRS jack, unbal. /
bal. : 20 kΩ / 40 kΩ
- Non clip maximum input level, TRS:
- Nominal output level, TRS: +4
dBu / +16 dBu
- Output impedance, TRS, unbal. / bal.
: 150 Ω / 300 Ω
- Phones output impedance / level: 40 Ω / +25 dBm (stereo)
- Switch-mode power supply: Autorange 100 - 240 V (50/60 Hz)
- Power consumption: 120 W
- Main screen: 7", 800 x 480, 262k
- Channel LCD screen: 128 x 64,
LCD with RGB color backlight
- Main meter: 24-segment (-57 dB
- Operating Temperature: 41˚F -
104˚F (5˚C - 40˚C)
- Dimensions: 35.0" x 8.75" x
- Weight: 45.4 lbs. (20.6 k)
Warranty Terms: Behringer offers a 3-year warranty when you
register your product within 90 calendar days of purchase. If the product is
not properly registered, the warranty period is one year.