[LAU] Looking for digital mixer for church use
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Mon May 15 18:25:06 UTC 2017
Bill Purvis <bill at billp.org> schrieb am Mo., 15. Mai 2017 um 18:31 Uhr:
> Thanks for the suggestion. Just been looking at it, looks great - I'd love
> one for myself!
> However, I'm looking for something with a 'virtual' desk, like the Ui16
> only more channels.
If you want something without physical faders from the X/M32 range you can
go either with a X32 Rack or a X32 Core/Midas M32C with one of the stage
boxes (Behringer S32/S16/SD16/SD8 or Midas DL16/DL32).
> Looked around the Behringer range, and wondered about the XR18? Not as
> many as I'd like, but
> the price is good. The main spiel talks about control via iPad or Android,
> but I note in the
> small print that it says PC, Mac or Linux.
I've been using an XR18 until a few days ago when I upgraded to a Midas
MR18. Both are great devices, very much like the X32 series but not
extensible like the X32 series. That's perfect for me as portability is my
main concern and I don't need many inputs/outputs.
Keep in mind, though, that the X32 series is much more versatile w.r.t.
routing than the X Air series. It has more FX slots, busses, channels, DCAs
and is simply more flexible in every aspect.
So, for a mostly fixed installation I'd definitely go with a X32 Rack (and
maybe an additional stagebox as mentioned above) instead of an XR18.
> The Ui16 just needs a modern browser and runs well
> with an old laptop running Linux/Firefox.
The desktop applications for both X32 and X Air series are not very
demanding. They even run on a Raspberry Pi (how do Raspberry Pi browsers
handle the Ui16?).
While there is no official Android app for the X32 series there's a 3rd
party app (Mixing Station) from which the official X Air Android app
descended. IMHO all those apps are superior to the Ui16 web interface, even
though the Android app is a bit ugly.
You can easily download and try the apps even without the hardware.
Moreover, all those mixers are controlled via OSC and the protocol is
documented. Thus there are a couple of 3rd party tools available for these
BTW, both, X32/M32 and XR18/MR18, work fine as audio interfaces on Linux.
You might have discovered that there is a Soundcraft Ui24 coming soon which
is pricewise between XR18 and the X32 Rack. You'd instantly be familiar
with it but I'd prefer the X32 series anyway for it's flexibility.
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