Do you gig out solo or with a small piece band? Or maybe you have a small studio that requires some additional tracks. [easyazon_link identifier=”B000J5XS3C” locale=”US” tag=”musiclaptop-20″]The Behringer 8 Channel Mixer[/easyazon_link] is a super affordable option. I personally have used this for recordings, and they have always turned out sounding really good. And here are a few reasons why, check out some of these sweet features:
- 8 input Mixer (2 mic, 2 stereo + Aux Returns) 2 phantom powered channels
- Great Preamps
- British Sound – Neo-classic 3-band EQs for warm and musical sound
- 1 Post Fader (send effects to each channel)
- 1 Stereo aux return
- 3 Year Warranty
[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”B000J5XS3C” locale=”US” src=”http://funhomerecording.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/51kc14iILKL.SL160-1.jpg” tag=”musiclaptop-20″ width=”160″]The Xenyx 802 review – The board is a perfect size for gigging or just having on your desk in the studio. But, don’t let the size and the price make you question its awesome sound it can give you. You see, with 8 inputs you have control of how your mic is and other inputs with very little confusion of how to use them on the mixer.
The board is simple to use and built solid. The knobs and buttons are all feel real good and professional. You can connect and XLR mic cable, 1/4″ guitar type of cable and RCA such as your MP3 player’s like iphones. For what you get at around 60 dollars, is a really exceptional Eight input mixer. More on the details below.
How about that British EQ!
[easyazon_image align=”right” height=”160″ identifier=”B000J5XS3C” locale=”US” src=”http://funhomerecording.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/51pmJNWlu9L.SL160-1.jpg” tag=”musiclaptop-20″ width=”160″]The Behringer Xenyx 802 8 input mixer is based on the same circuitry as British consoles of the 60’s and 70’s, and we all know how cool some of those old records sound. Obviously there is a lot more than a mixer to making record sound great, but we really like the mini version on this board. With a nice condenser microphone put through these preamps, your vocals sound really good, especially with podcast. You have the nice control of the EQ in front of, which I personally like.
The 3-band eq consist of highs, mids and lows. We applied some techniques to the EQ and to be honest they were pretty decent. A decent amount of warmth and we could shape the sound to get a more detailed tone out of vocals, drum and guitars. Particularly acoustic guitars had a nice brite and warm tone. Thumbs up for that!
Behringer 8 Channel Mixer inputs and outputs
This is an 8 input mixer, but there are some things to note about it. You have two XLR +48volt phantom powered channels. Those work great for our dynamic or condenser mics. That is also the two channels that have the XENYX mic preamps. Two other channels will use a 1/4″ cable that work together in stereo. So like piano, keyboard would work great. You also have the option of for the other two channels to use a CD player or MP3 like an iphone to play music through. If you’re doing a gig and you want to play music in between sets, this works great. Or record your set, hook up and send to your recording gear.
Connecting to a P.A. is really simple to do, you have two stereo outputs, just run those and you’re all set. You also have a control room output for studio monitors and separate from that you have the option to run headphones out. you can get a headphone amp if you are tracking more than one musician.
Mic preamps and FX
[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”B000J5XS3C” locale=”US” src=”http://funhomerecording.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/41gQMdvyFiL.SL160.jpg” tag=”musiclaptop-20″ width=”160″]Without a doubt, the preamps really make this mixer sound great. They have lots of headroom to work with. Offering a 130 db range and bandwidth that goes far below 10Hz to above 200kHz. Basically they can make a cheap condenser mic sound like a more expensive one.
Apply effects like reverb or delay for example to any of the channels. Using the red knob you can add some or non to your track. So, lets say you have a guitar and vocal setup, you want a lot of reverb on your vocals and maybe just a tiny bit on the guitar, no problem, dial in what you like.
What does “2 bus” mean. Well for the tracks that are separate 3/4 and 5/6, this means that what ever you put in track 3, will only becoming out of the left side of the speaker, and track 4 will come out of the right side of the speaker in mono. Now if you’re recording like I do, than this is no problem using DAW software to make them come out of both sides of the speaker. If you want to run two mics on one guitar amp, then this will be a nice stereo effect.
I use the [easyazon_link identifier=”B000J5XS3C” locale=”US” tag=”musiclaptop-20″]Behringer 8 Channel Mixer[/easyazon_link] to make recordings all the time. I don’t have a studio, so I like this because it is small and can be east to set up with the rest of my gear. For under $60 dollars you really can’t go wrong. It does have its limitations, like only being able to run one effect, but for the price and its size it is perfect. Behringer makes great affordable products that I personally own a ton of.