NAMM 2014: MORE X-FACTOR FROM BEHRINGER — AudioTechnology
Introducing the Digital iPad/Tablet Mixer X18 Behringer is sticking with its “game over” promotion that it ran during the blitz of info accompanying the X32 release last year. Why not? The X32 has been very successful and X18 has borrowed a few features from the bigger sibling including four stereo FX slots that use the same audio engine as the X32. The X18 features 16 Midas-designed preamps, has six aux outputs, Ethernet and Behringer’s own Ultranet ports (the latter for connecting Behringer’s PM16 personal monitoring system), MIDI connections and a USB port that allows 18 X18 bi-directional routing for DAW recording. Where Behringer has been clever is by connecting your tablet of choice either by wi-fi or the Ethernet port only – there’s no physical docking involved – meaning the designers have avoided the pitfall of Apple changing its iPad connector anytime in the future. In a live situation you can control the X18 remotely, checking the mix on stage and around the venue, and Behringer says that artists can control their own monitor, suggesting the X18 can interface with more than one wireless device at a time. Before Android users get too excited, despite the X18’s name, an Android X18 app is still being “planned” and only an iOS version is available. So at this point, that’s a different kind of “game over” for those Android folks.
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