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18-Channel, 12-Bus Digital Mixer for iPad/Android Tablets with 16 Programmable Midas Preamps, Integrated Wifi Module and Multi-Channel USB Audio Interface
A Better Way to Mix
Behringer's cutting-edge X Air X18 digital mixer integrates with your iPad or Android tablet — and even your smartphone — for unprecedented mixing power and mobility, allowing you to plug in your mic and line level sources and mix from anywhere in the venue or studio via the free remote control app.
The X18 is an 18 input desktop unit with 16 gain programmable Midas designed microphone preamps, Behringer's renowned X32 effects rack, a 100 band Real Time Analyser on all channels and bus EQ's, an 18 x 18 USB interface, integrated WiFi, a convenient tray for your tablet or small laptop, and much more.
Just add mics, and you have everything you need to mix a live show and record pristine multi-track studio sessions straight to your DAW.
- iPad/Android tablet controlled 18-input digital mixer for studio and live applications
- 16 award-winning Midas-designed, fully programmable mic preamps for audiophile sound quality
- Built-In Tri-Mode WiFi router for direct operation—no need for external routers
- 18 x 18 channel, bidirectional USB interface for direct recording on iPad etc.
- Revolutionary Dugan-style Auto-Mixing automatically manages microphone gain sharing
- Award-winning X32 effects rack featuring 4 stereo FX slots including high-end simulations such as Lexicon 480L and PCM70, EMT250 and Quantec QRS etc.
- 100-band Real Time Analyser (RTA) for all channel and bus EQ's
- ULTRANET connectivity for Behringer's P-16 Personal Monitoring System
- Ultra-wide tray suitable for almost all tablets, iPads and even mini notebooks
- 6 aux and main LR buses with inserts, full dynamics processing and 6-band parametric or 31-band graphic EQ
- 6 TRS aux outputs and 2 XLR main outputs plus stereo RCA output and phones connectors
- 40-Bit floating-point DSP features "unlimited" dynamic range with no internal overload and near-zero overall latency
- Free iOS, Android and PC/Mac/Linux apps available for remote operation via Ethernet, LAN or WiFi
- MIDI In/Out allows controlling the mixer via MIDI equipment (incl. Mackie Control protocol) or for use as a USB MIDI interface
- Future firmware updates, incl. new FX “Plug Ins”, downloadable from behringer.com free of charge
- Internal switch-mode power supply for noise-free audio and low power consumption
- 3-Year Warranty Program
- Designed and engineered in Germany
X AIR X18
The BEHRINGER X32 completely changed the game by rethinking what is possible from a digital mixer – and over 100,000 users are enjoying the results.
Now, that same technology has been incorporated into a small, but incredibly powerful, rack-mountable mixer that will forever change both the way you record – and the way you play live music.
The revolutionary X18 is a powerhouse 18 input/12 bus digital mixer that also serves as the launch pad for your favourite computer tablet – including iPad and Android tablets.
It is ideally suited for both live and studio applications, thanks to its 16 award-winning MIDAS-designed mic preamps, convenient integrated Wifi module for wireless control – and a lightning-fast, bidirectional USB Audio Interface.
The Behringer X18 gives you a whole new way to mix.
MIDAS – The Legend in Sound Quality
Ever since its formation in the 1970's, MIDAS has had a long history of innovation and leadership in the world of audio mixing consoles. Employed by the most famous touring acts and installations worldwide, legendary MIDAS consoles such as the XL4 and Heritage H3000 quickly became industry standards.
MIDAS has earned their impeccable reputation due to their no-compromise approach for audio and build quality and in particular for their award-winning Mic Preamps which are considered by industry experts as the industry’s best sounding designs.
Building on this legacy, the XL8 and PRO Series of Live Mixing Systems continue this great heritage of award-winning audio quality.
BEHRINGER is proud to incorporate MIDAS designed mic preamps for the ultimate in high quality audio reproduction in both live and studio environments.
Built-In Tri-Mode Wifi Router
Designed for the ultimate in mobility, the X18 comes with an integrated WiFi module for direct control of your mixer’s functions – without the need to setup and configure an external router.
The X18 gives you the freedom to focus on your mix, while allowing you to move about the venue to experience what every part of the audience is hearing, plus you can adjust live monitor wedges from the artist’s perspective – or better yet, let them mix their own IEM's and floor monitors via their own tablets.
Access Point is the easiest way to connect up to 4 clients directly and concurrently (i.e., iPad, Android smartphone/tablet or laptop). This mode should have your remote control up and running in less than a minute. WiFi Client mode allows you to add your mixer to the existing wireless network where the controlling apps and devices are connected.
Alternately, wired connections can be made directly to your PC, to a local area network (LAN), or when connecting to a dedicated WiFi router, e.g., for extended range or 5 GHz applications.
When your application calls for a multiple-microphone setup, such as an onstage panel discussion, press conference or courtroom proceeding, etc., it can become a challenge to maintain so many open mics – and preserve maximum gain and priority for the moderator.
A major first for compact audio mixers, our revolutionary X AIR Gain Sharing technology can easily manage fully automated mixes with up to 16 live microphones.
Based on the legendary Dan Dugan automix system, the X18’s gain sharing paradigm automatically controls the levels of all selected microphones in real time, without any gating artefacts or noise modulation.
This function dramatically reduces the typical feedback, studio noise and comb filtering challenges that can occur when two, or more mics are in close proximity of each another.
X AIR Gain Sharing technology provides a consistent system gain structure, even when multiple speakers are talking at the same time.
4 Onboard X32 Effects Engines
Equipped with the very same FX engines as the now legendary X32 Digital Mixing Console, the on-board virtual FX Rack provides access to four true-stereo (8 mono), multi-effects processors including delay, chorus, dynamics – plus the X18 can run production-quality, true-stereo reverbs concurrently with 31-band EQ on the main and aux buses, all without the need for any additional hardware.
You can select any combination of high-end simulations of legendary studio effects, such as the Lexicon 480L and PCM70, as well as the EMT250 and Quantec QRS reverbs.
On-board processing means your computer doesn’t have to do the heavy lifting during a mixing session with DAW plugins as the X18 has a whole studio of FX under its hood.
Custom-designed, and physically modelled after some of the most iconic and sought after processors, all effects run inside the low-latency environment of the X18 mix engine, ensuring flawless performance, flexible routing and the end of cable faults forever!
The incredibly fast and comprehensive 18 x 18 channel, bi-directional USB interface makes the X18 an amazingly powerful digital mixing solution for recording directly to your iPad or PC.
Dial in the perfect monitoring mix with effects and zero-latency, while sending up to 16 microphone signals – and the keyboard player’s MIDI notes to your DAW for recording.
Whether you’re making rock history in the studio, or you want to capture intimate live performances – it’s never been easier to record stunning tracks with exceptional clarity.
100-Band RTA for all Channel/ Bus EQ’s
The X18 includes a high-resolution 100-band Real Time Analyser (RTA), with full Bar and Spectrograph views. This high-resolution RTA displays the audio energy distribution in 100 frequency bands over time – capturing a sonogram window of a full 10 seconds.
Switch between the Large RTA view, displaying any available signal in full screen resolution, or the Combined RTA view shown above each of the channel and bus EQ curves – and see the results of your filtering choices. Additionally, the RTA can be displayed on top of the 31-band graphic EQs in the Main LR or Aux buses.
Monitoring and controlling frequencies has never been easier!
16 Channels of Personal Monitoring
The easy way to send sound, our ULTRANET connectivity allows you to send 16 digital sources over a lightweight and easy-to-deploy Cat 5 cable to P16-D Digital ULTRANET Distributors, or directly to P16-M Personal Monitor Mixers.
This powerful and advanced technology makes it easy for individual performers to create their own “more me” mix – and frees you up to put on your best show.
ULTRANET also provides the perfect conduit for sending your mix to the new TURBOSOUND iQ Series loudspeakers, which can tap into the 16-channel digital bus directly.
Launch Pad for Every Platform
While the tablet mixers made by our competitors only work with iOS-compatible tablets, the X18 is an equal-opportunity launch pad for your dreams thanks to its ultra-wide tray that accepts PC/Mac/Linux mini-notebooks and tablets, Android devices – and yes, even iPad's of all sizes.
By using an internal Wifi router and a suite of ultra user-friendly dedicated apps, the X18 is the one tablet mixer on the market that accommodates the world’s most popular operating systems!
Uncompromising Channel Processing
The X18 allows you to achieve the same incredible level of EQ finesse as the award-winning X32 thanks to its 100-band Real Time Analyser, which is built into every input channel and bus EQ.
Visual feedback built into the control app allows you to see and make fast, surgical adjustments to frequencies in need of a boost or a cut. You’ll wonder how you ever EQ’d without it!
Every input channel also features Low-Cut, 4-band fully parametric EQ and the same Gate and Compressor dynamics suite found in the X32 – with one very special addition; you can choose either Expert or Simple functionality:
- In Expert mode, you can drill down and get your hands on every nuance of your dynamics.
- Or, if you’re more of the ‘plug and play’ type, Simple mode lets you either select from one of our 4 carefully-optimised presets – or load your own channel templates.
Add to this 40-Bit, floating-point DSP and you’ll experience virtually “unlimited” dynamic range with no internal overload and near-zero overall latency.
In addition to the Main L/R bus for Front of House, 6 Aux buses are provided for dialling in the perfect monitor mixes, complete with inserts, dynamics, and either a 6-band parametric EQ or 31-band graphic EQ.
And if all these outstanding EQ options put a smile on your face, you’ll love it even more when we tell you that 100-band RTA's are available for these, too!
MIDI In/Out for Live Performance Controllers
The physical MIDI I/O port on the X18 mixer can also be used for connecting external MIDI controllers, such as our X-TOUCH or B-CONTROL products, for dynamically controlling channel level, muting and panorama adjustments during your performance.
And since the full-featured X18 also supports the Mackie Control protocol, you easily apply comprehensive remote editing and parameter adjustments via any compatible MIDI devices.
Dedicated Apps and Software – All Platforms Covered
Since we realise that “one size doesn’t always fit all”, we went the extra mile and provided apps for all the most popular devices and operating systems. So we engaged dedicated (and highly caffeinated) development teams for our iOS, Android, PC/Mac and Linux based applications for the X18 mixer.
When you download an X18 app for your OS, you can rest assured that you will get the fully optimised experience we intended.
X AIR EDIT (PC/Mac/Linux)
If your application requires a computer for BEHRINGER X AIR mixer remote control, the X AIR EDIT was made just for you.
Simply copy and launch the free software with your computer, connect to the mixer via its built-in Ethernet (LAN) connector using a Cat 5 cable (max. 100 m length) – and all X AIR mixer functions are instantly mirrored on your computer screen.
Since your PC screen is larger than the one on your telephone, X AIR EDIT allows you to open and scale more app windows, such as for routing or FX editing – letting you decide how much information you need at a glance.
All touch screens are supported, or you can use a mouse to adjust your physical mixer’s settings. You can even control multiple mixers remotely from a single computer, or create several strategically placed computer stations to control the same mixer.
With X AIR EDIT, your PC, Linux or Mac computer becomes your virtual mixer – both live and in the studio!
X AIR for iPad
Front of House is wherever you and your iPad are – thanks to the new X AIR app for iPad.
Simply download the free app to your iPad, set the BEHRINGER X AIR mixer to Access Point mode and connect your iPad to the X18 network that will show up. After launching the X AIR app, select the mixer image, and all of your X AIR mixer’s settings can now be adjusted directly from your iPad.
You can save your favourite scenes, and load previously stored scenes and presets to/from your iPad or customise your channel layout – all with the support of innovative drag ’n’ drop functionality.
X AIR for Android
Designed specifically for all Android mobile devices (4.0 or higher), which includes tablets and smartphones, the app can be used in one of two modes: full access mixing mode; or bound to a specific aux bus for creating personal monitor mixes remotely on BEHRINGER X AIR mixers.
Using this free and easy to learn app, each performer can use their Android device to dial-in the perfect personal IEM or wedge monitor mix, without having to consult the audio engineer for assistance. With the X AIR App for Android, personal monitor mixing just got a whole lot more personal – both live and in the studio!
But it doesn’t stop there – in full access mixing mode, the app provides control over all channel processing including the RTA overlay, effects editing, storing/loading scenes or presets, and much more – whether you’re running a 12" tablet or a 5" smartphone.
Pristine preamps, ultra-wide dynamic range, and more
With 16 Midas-designed mic preamps and 40-bit floating-point DSP that delivers virtually unlimited dynamic range with no internal overload and astonishingly low latency, the X18 delivers impeccable sound quality — the same as Behringer's acclaimed X32 digital mixer.
The X18's preamps are fully gain-programmable and remote-controllable from your iOS and Android device, for nearly unlimited flexibility in a live show situation. Because applications are loaded to the specific device, you can prepare your channel layout offline while sitting in the tour bus before a show.
Built-in Wi-Fi and tablet integration for unprecedented mixing mobility
Behringer's X18 gives you the ultimate in mixing mobility. Imagine always being able to mix from the most advantageous spot in the house!
The X18 acknowledges the reality of modern live mixing — that you don't want to be tied down to a fixed front-of-house mix location. Integrated WiFi gives you remote control over the mixer's functions from your tablet or laptop without needing to set up and configure an external router.
Now you can focus on your mix, moving around the venue to experience what your audience is hearing at any place in the auditorium. Tweak the mix from the balcony. Adjust the monitors from the performers' perspective.
This is live mixing the way it should be — natural and intuitive. The result will be better-sounding shows!
- Mix from anywhere in the venue
- Instant wireless for your tablet or laptop
- Complete remote control over mix functions
- No need to set up and configure an external router
Stunning Performance – Superb Value
Three companies shared a common vision – to engineer and build the very best sounding, technically advanced audio products for discerning professionals.
The feature-packed X18 is the result of the engineering, manufacturing and application expertise of legendary console manufacturer MIDAS, the iconic signal processing genius of KLARK TEKNIK – and BEHRINGER’s unique ability to deliver a superior value proposition.
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Behringer X18 18 channel mixerBy: Mark Sander on 2 March 2021Takes a bit to get your head around everything this has to offer but it's worth putting the time in to get the most out of it. The amount of built in effects is outstanding and the presets make setting up easy if your no expert. Highly recomend