X32 COMPACT DIGITAL MIXER
X32 COMPACT DIGITAL MIXER Getting Started
Mixer Operational Overview
Welcome to the X32 COMPACT digital mixing
console Quick Start Guide! This document will give
you an overview of the basic operations of the
mixer, allowing you to get up and running quickly.
While reading through the information in this
document, we encourage you to experiment with the
console's different screens and controls. The console's
user interface was designed to be extremely easy
to navigate through and learn. In addition to this
Quick Start Guide, there is an English user manual
available as a PDF download from behringer.com.
General user interface operation
The X32 COMPACT user interface is divided into five
(1) Channel Strip and Monitoring
(2) Input Channels
(4) Group/Bus/Main Channels
(5) Scenes/Assign/Mute Groups
View buttons rule
Throughout the top panel of the console,
you will find small buttons labeled View. Press these
buttons to immediately switch the console's large
color display (known as the Main Display) to show
information related to the section whose View
button you have just pressed.
For example, if you are editing the equalizer
and feel like seeing a large display of the EQ
frequency response curve or corresponding EQ
parameter value, simply press the adjacent View
button in the EQ section. If you need to check where
the monitor signal is being routed, simply press the
View button next to the Phones Level knob and the
main display will show the details.
With the View button approach of the X32 COMPACT
console, there is almost never a need to drill down
through multiple menu pages, since the View buttons
will always take you directly to the relevant screen.
Tip: The Setup/Global tab on the main display allows
preferences for the behavior of View and Select
buttons to be adjusted.
Customizing the X32 COMPACT through the
Press the Utility button, located to the right of
the main display, to bring up useful functions in a
"context-sensitive" manner. For example:
When you are adjusting the equalizer of a
console channel, pressing the Utility button
will offer copying, pasting, loading or saving of
Pressing the Utility button while holding a
channel select button depressed will present
a naming screen where you can customize the
channel's appearance on both the main display as
well as the small channel display
On the Routing pages, pressing the Utility button
will offer loading or saving different presets of
In the Scenes menu, pressing the Utility button offers
copying, loading, saving or naming console scenes
Sometimes there is more to say
Some of the individual pages
on the main display contain
more adjustable parameters
than can be controlled by
the 6 rotary push encoders
located beneath it. In these
cases there is a small page
number indication, e.g. "1/2". Simply press the Layer
Up/Down buttons to switch between layers.
Quick Start Guide
Section 1: Channel Strip and Monitoring
Within the channel strip, the rotary control knobs
are surrounded by an amber LED collar that
The X32 COMPACT's channel strip offers dedicated
indicates the parameter's value. Whenever this
controls for the most important processing
backlit knob is turned off, it indicates that this
parameters of the currently selected channel.
specific control/parameter is not available for the
To adjust controls for a given channel strip,
selected channel type. For example, if an output
simply press the Select button on the desired
bus is currently selected, the LED collar and the
input or output channel.
gain knob are turned off, because there is no input
Certain sections of the channel strip (such as the
gain to be controlled on an output bus.
low cut filter, noise gate, EQ and compressor)
The channel strip consists of the following
contain a respectively labeled button that can be
pressed to switch the specific effect on and off.
The button illuminates to show the effect is active,
and goes dark when bypassed.
The Input Channels section of the console is
located on the left hand side, and offers 8 separate
input channel strips. These 8 channel strips
represent six separate layers of inputs for the
Input Channels 1-8
Input Channels 9-16
Input Channels 17-24
Input Channels 25-32
Aux Inputs 1-6/USB playback
Press any of the correspondingly labeled layer
buttons on the left side of the console to switch
the input channel bank to any of the six layers
listed above. The button will illuminate, reminding
Section 2: Input Channel Banks
you which layer is active.
You will find a select button on top of every channel
Two more layers (Bus Master 1-8 and 9-16)
that is used to direct the control focus of the user
are also offered, allowing you to adjust the
interface, including all channel related parameters
levels of the 16 Mix Bus Masters, which is useful
(channel strip and main display), to that channel.
when you wish to include Bus Masters into
Please note that at any time, there is exactly
DCA Group assignments.
one channel selected (either Input Ch 1-32,
Aux 1-6/USB, FX Returns 1L-4R, Mix Bus 1-16,
On each fader strip you will find a motorized
Main LR/C, or Matrix 1-6). DCA Groups
100 mm level fader, Mute and Solo buttons,
(digitally controlled amplifier) cannot be selected
a Gate indicator, an input level meter,
because they control a number of assigned channels
Compressor indicator, and the channel
rather than one specific channel.
Each of these subsections correspond to the
processing steps of the currently selected channel,
and they each have their own View button
that, when pressed, switches the Main Display
to a page displaying all related parameters for
Monitoring and Talkback
There are two separate Level controls in this
section, one for the headphone outputs located on
either side of the console, and a second one for the
monitor outputs located on the rear panel.
Press the section's View button to edit various
monitoring preferences, such as the input source
for the phones bus and the monitor outputs.
This section also contains independent Talkback
buttons (A and B). Press the View button next to
the Phones Level knob, then press Page Select
right to access the Talkback A and B edit pages.
These screens also contain settings for the optional
goose-neck lamp and the console's internal
Each of the 8 input channels has an individual
(and customizable) color LCD screen that can display
a channel number, nickname, and even a graphical
channel icon. In the event that a channel's input
source has been changed to an input signal that
differs from the default setup, the LCD display will
also indicate the name of the actual input source.
Example: Channel 01 has the nickname Soundcard and is fed
from Aux input 5.