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Behringer X Air XR18

18-channel remote-controlled digital mixer with Wi-Fi®

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Overview

Our take on the Behringer X Air XR18

Behringer's X Air XR18 18-channel digital mixer lets you control your show from virtually anywhere in the venue with your Wi-Fi-enabled tablet or phone. The rack-mountable XR18 is designed to sit onstage wired to the musicians and speakers while you control the show wirelessly from your personal device. After downloading the app, you connect to the X18 via its built-in wireless router, and mix away using your device's touchscreen as the control surface.

Compact remote controlled mixer

Behringer's X Air XR18 18-channel digital mixer lets you control your show from virtually anywhere in the venue with your Wi-Fi-enabled tablet or phone. The rack-mountable XR18 is designed to sit onstage wired to the musicians and speakers while you control the show wirelessly from your personal device. After downloading the app, you connect to the X18 via its built-in wireless router, and mix away using your device's touchscreen as the control surface.

18 inputs

The XR18 features sixteen Midas-designed microphone preamps that give every vocal a high-fidelity start to its journey to a good mix. Combination XLR/TRS jacks allow you to use these inputs for line-level instruments as well as mics. You can plug guitars directly into channels 1 and 2, which can handle the high-impedance signals and send them to guitar amp simulators in the XR18's software, saving guitarists from having to lug their amps around to every gig. You'll also appreciate having two more line inputs that you can link together as a stereo pair.

8 outputs

In addition to the main outputs, the XR18 features six auxiliary outputs so you can create six different monitor mixes and keep the whole band happy.

Digital interface

You can record and play back up to 18 channels at once with your computer's DAW via a USB connection, for studio-quality multitrack live recording. Another connection lets you plug in an optional Behringer P16-M personal mixer, via Ethernet cable, for musician-controlled monitor mixing. You can hard-wire your computer to an XR18 via its Ethernet port and Cat5e cable for a more robust control connection. You'll even find MIDI connections for instrumental control.

Saving settings and presets

When the mix is perfect, you can save your settings as a scene that you can recall for a later show, saving valuable set up time. You also have the ability to save a preset, a subset of the mixer's overall settings, like the vocal EQ and compression or the mix of a drum kit. The first eight channels of the XR18 can get assigned to Auto-Mix, which automatically lowers the levels of some of the mics when a prioritized mic is active, clearing up the sound in multi-mic panel discussions for instance. 

Channel strip processing

Every input and output channel enjoys access to the channel strip controls that include gain, phantom power, high-pass filtering, a noise gate, limiter/compression, 4-band parametric equalization, and bus assignments. The tap of virtual button brings up a more detailed description on your device's screen. The other plug-in type effects, like reverbs and delays, also show up on the screen as virtual hardware devices when selected.

Plug-in effects

You can fill each of the four stereo effects slots with one of at least forty different effects, like graphic equalizers, compressors, including a multi-band version, different reverbs, delays, a pitch bender, even guitar amp simulations. Behringer modeled each plug-in to emulate or sound like a modern or classic piece of hardware. A 100-band RTA displays the spectrum of the sound so you can see any hot spots and dips that need equalization.

Behringer XR18

XR18 ready for rack-mounting

Product Highlights:

    18-channel Digital Mixer:
    • control surface not included — uses onboard Wi-Fi to connect to your tablet, smartphone, or PC via free app
    • 16 combo TRS/XLR inputs
    • Midas-designed programmable microphone preamps
    • 2 TRS 1/4" line inputs
    • 8 XLR analog outputs (Main L/R and 6 Aux)
    Channel Strip Digital Processing:
    • mic preamp gain, phantom power, phase switch, tunable low-cut filter
    • noise gate/ducker, compressor/expander
    • 4-band parametric equalizer
    • bus send controls and panning
    • 4 effects slots
    • over 40 effects available (including reverbs, compressors, EQs, delays, and modulators)
    • can store and recall over 100 scenes (whole mixer settings) and 100 presets (partial settings)
    • Auto-Mix on ch 1-8: ducks non-prioritized channels when prioritized mic active
    Studio and Network Connections:
    • 18-channel digital interface via USB 2.0 with DAW remote control
    • Ethernet port for connecting a PC or external router
    • wireless tablet, smartphone, PC control via free apps
    • MIDI connections
    • Ultranet connection for a Behringer P-16 personal monitoring system
    Other Features:
    • rack ears included
    • built-in RTA (real-time analyzer)
    • headphone output
    • weight: 7.1 lbs.
    • dimensions: 13-1/8" W x 5-15/16" H x 5-1/2" D
    • warranty: 3 years (with product registration)
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • XR18 18-channel digital mixer
    • 59" AC power cord (IEC 3-prong)
    • 2 Rack mount ears
    • Four M4 x 10mm rack mounting screws
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Global Care Information
    • Behringer decal
    Reviews

    Behringer X Air XR18 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (2 Reviews)

    Behringer X Air XR18

    Nick from Elm City, NC on 12/9/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds so much clearer than the analog board. During sound check I can move around and make adjustments to improve the sound using an iPad . Still learning features, but have been extremely pleased. Initial setup as up and running within minutes after running cabling. I am able to now be more active in Sunday services and not stuck in the sound booth.

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    Powerful mixer. Bang for the buck!

    RJ from Honolulu, HI on 11/15/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great little mixer! I love that it can send 18 channels to a DAW via USB. I can record gigs & band practices, PLUS I can also do virtual soundchecks! In the laptop app, there are presets that allow you to quickly switch between analog or USB input across the board, so you can quickly jump in & out of virtual soundcheck. You can also select individual channels for USB input, so if someone is absent from band practice, you can use a recording of him/her from a prior practice session. Using the Ultranet feature with a Powerplay P-16M, it's SO EASY to get a great monitor mix. Plus, having 6 AUX outs means I have enough for the other band members (they don't use Ultranet, their loss), plus an AUX that I can dedicate to our FOH subs. It also has MIDI control over certain parameters. Using a MIDI foot controller, I unmute/mute a particular effect return at key points in a particular song. The same (and more) can also be accomplished via CC commands from a DAW, as long as your interface has MIDI. For FOH EQing & live soundchecks (not virtual soundchecks), I go wireless using an external router (for more security and the ability to use 5GHz). During performances, my laptop is hardwired to the XR18 via CAT5, and USB for DAW interaction. The CAT5 just in case the router flakes out, plus using USB for the DAW means the laptop is in close proximity to the mixer anyway. Whenever we have a "volunteer" to do our sound, he/she can mix wirelessly from FOH.

    Pros: - Good mic preamps - Ability to connect external router, wifi baby! - Can record 18 channels to DAW - Flexible & intuitive apps for laptop, iPad, and Android - Ultranet allows ridiculously easy monitor mixing - Small & lightweight, no bigger than a snake breakout box; includes rackmount ears

    Cons: - Built-in router is only WEP encryption, and is limited to the 2.4GHz band. - No iPhone support. Yup, you read correctly, no iPhone. - One more thing to mention. This isn't really a CON because the sheer number of CCs required makes this method of implementation necessary (or maybe it's industry standard). But if you use MIDI, know that the fade, mute, and pan CCs are on separate MIDI channels, so the mixer will hog up to 3 channels if you intend to use all the features.

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    Features and Specs

    General
    Mic inputs 16
    Line inputs 18 1/4"
    Phantom power +48V
    Channel EQ 6-band parametric
    Master EQ 6-band parametric or 31-
    Digital outputs USB
    Monitor outputs 6 x XLR
    Effects 4 slots, 40 effects per
    Talkback N
    Height (inches) 5-9/16
    Depth (inches) 5-15/16
    Width (inches) 13
    Weight 7.1 lbs

    Product Research

    Features

    Overview: The Behringer X Air XR18 is an 18-channel digital mixer that can be controlled by an iPad or Android tablet or PC. The mixer is equipped with 18 input channels (with 16 XLR/TRS combo jacks and two 1/4" TRS balanced line/Aux inputs), with 4 FX return channels, 6 Aux buses, and Main L/R outputs. The XR18 comes with rubber protection bumpers on the outer edges, plus rack ears for installing the mixer in an equipment rack.

    MIDAS Mic Preamps: The XR18 has 16 high-quality MIDAS-designed microphone preamps. MIDAS preamps are considered by industry experts as the industry's best sounding designs. The preamps found in the X Air series digital mixers provide high-quality audio reproduction in both live and studio applications. Each mic preamp can be setup and adjusted along many parameters, such as gain, phase, and phantom power. You can also insert effects, apply compression, engage low cut filters to remove unwanted low frequencies, and link adjacent channels together for stereo operation.

    Built-in Wi-Fi: The XR18 features a Tri-Mode Wi-Fi router that lets you control your mixer's functions wirelessly from your iPad or Android tablet, or PC. This allows you to move about the venue to hear what the audience is hearing, or set up stage monitors from the performer's perspective. You can even allow the performers to adjust their own monitors (in-ear or floor) from the stage via their own tablet. You can also set up wired connections directly to your PC, to a local area network (LAN), or to a dedicated Wi-Fi router for extended range or 5 GHz applications. A three-way switch (Ethernet - Wi-Fi Client - Access Point) lets you configure the XR18 to suit your needs.

    Ultranet Port: The mixer's Ultranet port allows you to connect an optional Behringer Powerplay P16-M personal monitoring mixer. This allows individual musicians to mix their own stage monitors. The RJ-45 port connects to the P16-M via CAT5e cable.

    A/D-D/A Conversion: The XR18 uses Cirrus Logic A/D (analog-to-digital) and D/A (digital-to-analog) converters. The converters are 24-bit @ 44.1 or 48kHz with 114dB dynamic range.

    USB Audio Interface: The XR18's Type B USB port accepts a USB cable for connection to a computer for multi-channel audio and MIDI recording. Up to 18 channels can be simultaneously recorded, and 18 channels are available for playback. You can assign each channel for recording and playback. Sixteen channels of MIDI I/O can be transmitted on the same USB connection.

    Effects: The XR18 is equipped with 4 studio-quality stereo (or 8 mono) multi-effects processors, including delay, chorus, and dynamics. These are the same effects processors found in the award-winning X32 mixing console. In addition, 31-band EQs are available on the main and aux buses. The processing is performed onboard, instead of your computer or tablet.

    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.

    Connections and Controls:

    • Inputs: The X Air XR18 features 16 programmable mic preamps, each with XLR/TRS balanced combo jacks. Two of the inputs (channels 1-2) can be designated as balanced or unbalanced Hi-Z inputs. Channels 17 and 18 are Line/Aux 1/4" TRS balanced inputs which can be used individually in mono or together in stereo. (These channels have limited processing compared to the other input channels.)
    • Outputs:
      • Main/Aux: The XR18 has two 1/4" TRS balanced main outputs in mono or stereo. There are also 6 XLR balanced Aux outputs.
      • Headphones: The mixer's Headphone jack accepts a 1/4" TRS plug for connecting a pair of headphones. The headphone output has a rotary level control.
    • Digital:
      • Remote: The Remote Switch on the top of the front panel lets you select the network connection: Ethernet, Wi-Fi Client, or Access Point. An RJ-45 port is provided for the Ethernet connection.
      • MIDI: The MIDI in/out jacks send and receive MIDI signals to and from external equipment.
      • USB: The Type B USB port lets you connect the mixer to a computer for multi-channel audio and MIDI recording.
      • Ultranet: An RJ-45 port is provided for connecting the P-16M personal monitoring mixers or P16-D distribution hubs.

    Specifications:

    • MIDAS Mic Inputs:
      • THD+Noise (20dB gain, 0 dBu out): <0.005%, A-weighted
      • Phantom Power: +48V
      • Equivalent Input Noise Level (XLR): -128 dBu, A-weighted
      • CMRR (XLR): >60dB (@20dB gain), >65dB (@40dB gain)
    • Inputs:
      • Frequency Range (48kHz sample rate, 0dB to -1dB): 10 Hz - 22 kHz
      • Dynamic Range (analog in/analog out): 106 dB
      • A/D Dynamic Range (preamp to converter): 109 dB
      • D/A Dynamic Range (converter and output): 108 dB
      • Crosstalk Rejection (1 kHz, adjacent channels): 90 dB
      • Mic 1-16 Input Impedance (XLR jack): 5 kΩ (unbalanced); 10 kΩ (balanced)
      • Non-clip Maximum Input Level (XLR): +23 dBu
      • Hi-Z 1-2 Input Impedance (TRS): 1 MΩ (unbalanced); 2 MΩ (balanced)
      • Line 3-16 Input Impedance (TRS): 5 kΩ (unbalanced); 10 kΩ (balanced)
      • Line 17-18 Input Impedance (TRS): 10 kΩ
      • Non-clip Maximum Input Level (TRS): +16 dBu
    • Outputs:
      • Output Impedance (XLR): 50Ω
      • Output Level (XLR): +4 dBu (nominal); +16 dBu (maximum)
      • Headphone Output: 40Ω / +35 dBm (stereo)
    • USB Audio/MIDI Interface:
      • Type: USB 2.0, Type B
      • Supported Operating Systems:
        • Windows 7 or higher
        • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher
        • iOS 7 or higher (iPad)
        • Linux
      • Sampling Rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
      • I/O Audio Channels: 18 x 18
      • I/O MIDI Channels: 16 x 16 (1 port)
    • WLAN Module:
      • Antenna: External, SMA connector, 50Ω
      • Access Point: Number of Clients: Max 4
      • IEEE 802.11 b/g Standard: 2.4 GHz
      • Frequency Range: 2,412 - 2,462 MHz
      • WLAN Channels (Wi-Fi Client, Access Point): 1-11
      • Max Output Power: 19 dBm (802.11 b) / 18 dBm (802.11 g)
    • General:
      • Power Consumption: 30 W
      • Dimensions: Width 13" Height 5.524" Depth 5.919"
      • Weight: 7.1 pounds

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    Why did you buy this?

    Upgrading from an XR16. Should have gotten the XR18 to begin with, but at the time, it cost much more. Behringer recently lowered the price. The band really needs those extra AUX outs, plus now we have Ultranet for easy monitoring, and the capability to multi-track record to a DAW. [ Robert  Sep 20, 2017 ]
    Value priced and loaded with options. Interface for recording, digitally record live performances, on board effects, controllable by Android or IOS gadgets. [ TODD  Sep 07, 2017 ]
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