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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
XR18 ready for rack-mounting