Behringer X32 User Manual

Behringer X32 User Manual

40-input, 25-bus digital rack mixer with 16 programmable midas preamps, usb audio interface and ipad/iphone remote control
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40-Input, 25-Bus Digital Rack Mixer with 16 Programmable MIDAS Preamps,
USB Audio Interface and iPad/iPhone Remote Control


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  • Page 1 User Manual X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER 40-Input, 25-Bus Digital Rack Mixer with 16 Programmable MIDAS Preamps, USB Audio Interface and iPad/iPhone Remote Control...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    5.8 How do I share signals over AES50  Supermac network? ...............22 5.9 AES50 cabling requirements ........22 5.10 What kinds of Utilities are available? .......22 5.11 Using the X32 RACK in recording and production studio environments ......23 5.12 Remote control ..............24 5.13 Recording a 2-track directly with the console ...............
  • Page 3: Important Safety Instructions

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized TO BIND MUSIC GROUP BY ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED Important Safety or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades UNDERTAKING OR REPRESENTATION. THIS MANUAL Instructions with one wider than the other.
  • Page 4: Introduction

    A virtual FX rack offers 8 true-stereo (16 mono) multi-effects processors, with 39 FX models that eliminate the need for any additional outboard gear. Welcome to the X32 RACK User Manual! After years of intense development, 4 high-quality effects such as delay, chorus and reverb can run concurrently with we are proud to offer a mixer that combines tremendous power and flexibility 8 channels of 31-band graphic equalization.
  • Page 5: Operational Overview

    Assigning these will obviously carry no and a card slot for 32 channels of input and output to and from a connected computer signal, but they can still be used when preparing shows for a full X32 console. via USB 2.0.
  • Page 6 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 14:11 Ch01 A: S16 A: 48K 0:00 - 0:00 : 37 C: X-USB con g home gate sends main Insert Position clip Reverse Delay Post Source Insert Link Lo Cut 0.10 +0.0 Input 01 0.03...
  • Page 7: Effects Processing

    FX 1-4 can be configured as side chain or insert effects, while FX 5-8 can only • for complete editing control of the X32 RACK via Ethernet. Details of the remote be used in insert points of channels or buses editor’s download, setup and operation are included in a separate user manual...
  • Page 8 Switch the console off and back on without holding the USB button to boot the console with the existing firmware. CAUTION: Please do not block the vent openings on the sides of the X32 RACK cabinet! Specifically when mounting the X32 RACK in a road case, please ensure...
  • Page 9: Callouts

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 2. Callouts (1) (3) (4) (5) (10) (11) (13) (10) (16) (17) (21) (12) (14) (15) (19) (18) (20) (1) USB button opens the Recorder View on the MAIN DISPLAY, causing the LED TALK button engages the Talkback microphone. Routing is defined in the (16) to glow green.
  • Page 10 AES50 A and B connectors allow 96 channels of bidirectional audio for (23) (30) connection to S16 digital snakes or other X32 family products. Shielded AUX IN and OUT jacks send and receive signals via ¼" and RCA connectors. (24) CAT-5e cable should always be used for AES50 connections between X32 XLR OUT jacks send audio via XLR cable.
  • Page 11: Callouts

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 3. Callouts X32 RACK Live Performance Setup with S16, X32, and P16 Monitor System VIEW VIEW VIEW VIEW VIEW VIEW VIEW VIEW VIEW Digital cable (CAT5) Analog Cable VIEW – 6 VIEW – 5 –...
  • Page 12: Control Room

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual X32 RACK Recording Studio Setup Control Room Recording Room S16 Input List B3031A Studio Monitors B3031A Studio Monitors 1. Lead Vocal Computer tower with DAW software 2. Vocal 2 3. Vocal 3 4. Vocal 4 5.
  • Page 13: Fx Descriptions

    Triple Delay FX Descriptions Here is a list and brief description of the effects available on the X32 RACK. When Stereo and Dual versions of an effect are offered, use the Stereo version when the left and right signal are to be altered together (e.g. on linked stereo channels or buses), or Dual when you want to dial different settings for the left and right signal.
  • Page 14: Gated Reverb

    ER DELAY L and ER DELAY R. ER LEVEL sets the bright colored sound. X32’s Plate Reverb will give your tracks the sound heard on loudness of the early reflection level. REV DELAY controls the amount of time before countless hit records since the late 1950s.
  • Page 15: Stereo Phaser

    A Stereo Phaser, or phase shifter, applies multiple STAGES of modulated filters to the input signal to create a “notch” in the frequency response, and then applies a MIX with the original for a “swirling” effect. Use X32’s Stereo Phaser to add a “spaced-out” sound to vocal or instrument tracks.
  • Page 16 Stereo Tremolo creates an up and down volume change at a constant and even mix or level out volume inconsistencies of slap bass tracks. (Inspired by the SPL tempo just like the guitar amps of yesteryear. Use X32’s Stereo Tremolo to add a Transient Designer) unique “surf-music”...
  • Page 17 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual Mood Filter Chorus + Chamber The Mood Filter uses an LFO generator and an auto-envelope generator to control Taking up only one FX slot, the Chorus + Chamber effect combines the shimmer a VCF (voltage-controlled filter), as well as a side chain function where the and doubling characteristics of a studio-grade Chorus with the sweet sound of a channel B signal controls the envelope of channel A.
  • Page 18 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual Delay + Chorus Dual / Stereo TruEQ This combination effect merges a user-definable Delay (echo) with a studio- The TruEQ incorporates a special algorithm that compensates for the gain quality Chorus sure to fatten up even the “skinniest” track. Uses only one FX slot.
  • Page 19: Topic Guide

    ¼" output in the front panel to connect your headphones. Note that if the X32 RACK has previously been in use by somebody else, and you You will either hear the monitor source signal, which is Main Stereo by feel unsure about its actual status, you can reset it to default settings in either of default, or any channel with its solo button being active.
  • Page 20: How Do I Add One Of The 8 Internal Effects To The Sound

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 5.4 How do I add one of the 8 internal effects • Adjust rotary control #6 to select the specific processor you have applied the to the sound? effect to, in this case “Ins FX 5L”. Press the encoder to connect the selected insert effect.
  • Page 21: Everything You Ought To Know About Solo And Monitor Sources

    AES50 A bus, then press the encoder to make the connection. 3. Press the Monitor button. 5. Analog Outputs 1-8 on the X32 RACK are now routed to the first 8 outputs of 4. Adjust the 6th encoder to select the audio source for the monitor bus, the AES50 A connector, which in turn feeds the 8 analog outputs of the S16 for example LR PFL (LR Pre-Fader Listen).
  • Page 22: How Do I Share Signals Over Aes50 Supermac Network

    Navigate to a channel whose settings you want to copy using the to 3 per AES50 port) in a monitor/FOH setup: Channel Select knob. 1. Connect the AES50 A port on the first S16 to the AES50 A port on the X32 • Press the HOME button, then the UTILITY button.
  • Page 23: Using The X32 Rack In Recording And Production Studio Environments

    (local or stage box), using the ’Routing/card out’ page. Note however, that the mic preamp gain (also for The X32 RACK can function equally well as part of a live sound or recording recording) will be controlled from the FOH console, and Gain changes during studio environment.
  • Page 24: Remote Control

    3 hours of stereo recording. Please test the recording capability of your USB X32-Edit application on a PC. To be able to do this the X32 RACK has to be set device before you do the “real stuff” as some sticks may not be supported or be up properly.
  • Page 25: Usb Interface Operation Guide

    The console will automatically detect the X-USB card during the regular boot expansion card cycle, and it will display the card’s presence in several instances. Check the BEHRINGER website at for updates of X-USB firmware or system requirements. Please find the recommended hardware/software minimum configurations in the specifications section.
  • Page 26 In this case, the X32 RACK mic inputs would be selected to feed reasonable amount of headroom for recording the preamp signals.
  • Page 27 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 16 in / 16 out zero-latency overdub setup, which would be impossible if signals were run through the computer. In this case, the 16 input signals are put on channels If you don’t actually need more than 16 concurrent input and output tracks to 1-16, while the tape (card) returns are put on channels 17-32.
  • Page 28: Configuring The Pc To Interface With The X-Usb Card

    These screens will allow configuring the X-USB expansion MacOS: The X-USB is CoreAudio compatible and thus works with card in the X32 RACK as an audio interface for your computer. low-latency on Mac computers without any additional driver installation.
  • Page 29 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual The ’Output Channels’ screen allows you to name each output channel for more organized mixing. The ’Synchronisation’ screen allows manual selection of the sample rate and clock source.
  • Page 30: X-Usb Specifications

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual The ’Settings’ screen allows the stream, ASIO, and WDM sound buffers to be set. Any detected drop outs will be documented as well, in which case a larger buffer should be selected. 6.3 X-USB Specifications...
  • Page 31: Main Display

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7. Main Display 7.1.2 Console Screens The color screen of the X32 RACK offers a wealth of visual feedback and hands 7.1 Overview on control for the console. Whereas the dedicated front panel controls offer immediate hands-on adjustments for the most important operations of a 7.1.1 Display and Navigation Controls...
  • Page 32 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual Global Screen Elements 15:33 Ch01 OpeningScene A: S16 A: 48K : 15 02: next 0:00 - 0:00 C: X-USB con g home gate sends main FatSn a re AES50-A: Displays, by name, what AES50 based equipment is connected to the The “global”...
  • Page 33 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual Rotary Encoder Elements: Gain Lo Cut Source Delay Ins Pos Insert +0.00 Input InsF Link Lo Cut Select Delay Insert Connect The bottom of most screens contain 6 slots of information that are always paired 2.
  • Page 34: Home Screen

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.2 Home Screen 3. Tap the 2nd encoder to toggle phase flip on/off for the currently selected channel. The home screen contains a high-level overview of the selected input or output channel, and offers various adjustments not available through the dedicated 4.
  • Page 35 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.2.3 Home Screen: Gate Tab 7.2.4 Home Screen: Dynamics Tab The gate tab contains the following parameters, divided among two pages, The dynamics tab contains the following parameters that can be adjusted using that can be adjusted using the six rotary-push encoders:...
  • Page 36 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.2.5 Home Screen: EQ Tab • Linear: In this mode, the rate of gain change is constant (as set by the timing controls). Therefore, the greater the signal dynamic excursion, The EQ tab displays all aspects of the channel equalizer and also displays a the longer the compressor will take to complete a gain change.
  • Page 37 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.2.6 Home Screen: Sends Tab 7.2.7 Home Screen: Main Tab The sends tab contains the following parameters that can be adjusted using the The main tab displays and controls all aspects of the main bus assignments.
  • Page 38: Meters Screen

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.3 Meters Screen The meters screen displays different groups of level meters for various signal paths of the console, and is useful for quickly ascertaining if any channels need level adjustment. Since there are no parameters to adjust for the metering displays, none of the metering screens contain any “bottom-of-screen”...
  • Page 39: Routing Screen

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.4 Routing Screen To assign various inputs to the console’s input channels, perform the following steps: The routing screen is where all signal patching is done, allowing you to route internal signal paths to and from the physical input/output connectors located on 1.
  • Page 40 Feet, Meters, and Milliseconds. The X32 console allows for many different kinds of output signal paths, and this screen is where these output paths are assigned to an actual physical rear panel 8.
  • Page 41 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.4.3 Routing Screen: Aux Out Tab 7. Tap the 4th encoder to assign the selected output path, completing the process. The route screen’s aux out tab allows the user to patch an internal signal path (such as a mix output used as an effects send) to the 6 separate ¼"/RCA 8.
  • Page 42 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.4.4 Routing Screen: P16 Tab 7.4.5 Routing Screen: Card Output Tab: The routing screen’s P16 tab allows the user to route various console signal paths The routing screen’s card tab allows the user to patch various signal paths to the to the rear panel P16 Ultranet output.
  • Page 43 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.4.6 Routing Screen: AES50-A and AES50-B Tabs: 2. Tap the 1st encoder to connect the currently selected signal path to the AES50 pathway. The routing screen’s AES50-A and AES50-B tabs allow the user to patch various console output paths to the outputs of the dual AES50 connectors.
  • Page 44: Libraries Screen

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.5 Libraries Screen 9. Tap the 6th encoder to export the currently highlighted preset to an attached USB drive. The libraries screen allows loading and saving of commonly used setups for the channel inputs, effects processors, and routing scenarios.
  • Page 45: Effects Screen

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.6 Effects Screen 5. Adjust the 5th encoder to scroll among the different available audio effects. Choices include: The effects screen controls various aspects of the eight internal effects processors. On this screen, the user can select specific types of effects for 1.
  • Page 46: Setup Screen

    LR + Mono: This is the default mode of the console. In this mode, NOTE: The X32 can be locked against unintended use by pressing the 6th encoder channels can be panned between the left and right mix outputs, as well to activate ’Lock Console’.
  • Page 47 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.7.2 Setup Screen: Config Tab: 6. Adjust the 3rd encoder to set the word clock synchronization of the console to use its internal digital clock, or slave to an external digital clock. The setup screen’s config tab allows adjustment of various audio-related settings, Choices for the clock signal include:...
  • Page 48 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.7.3 Setup Screen: Remote Tab: 7.7.4 Setup Screen: Network Tab: To adjust the various remote settings, perform the following steps: The setup screen’s network tab contains settings used when connecting the console to a standard Ethernet network. The user can set parameters such as 1.
  • Page 49 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.7.5 Setup Screen: Scribble Strip Tab...
  • Page 50 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.7.6 Setup Screen: Preamps Tab The Scribble Strip tab allows the color, icon and name that appears in the small LCD display of a channel, bus, matrix or DCA group to be adjusted. The Preamps tab allows the digital trim to be adjusted for all local and 1.
  • Page 51: Monitor/Talkback Screens

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.8 Monitor/Talkback Screens: 5. Tap the 3rd encoder to toggle the delay function on/off. The monitor/talkback screen contains the following separate tabs: TIP: The delay function is useful for aligning the sound of audio monitored...
  • Page 52 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.8.2 Monitor/Talkback Screen: Talkback Tabs: 7.8.3 Monitor/Talkback Screen: Oscillator Tab: The talkback tabs offer various adjustments for the talkback paths of the console, The oscillator tab offers controls for the console’s onboard oscillator, a very handy such as destination of the talkback signal and more.
  • Page 53: Scenes Screen

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.9 Scenes Screen 8. Tap the 4th encoder to complete the save operation. The console’s current state will be overwritten on the scene number that was selected with The scenes screen allows setup for saving and recalling different memory scenes the encoder.
  • Page 54 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.9.3 Scenes Screen: Parameter Safe Tab 7.9.4 Scenes Screen: Channel Safe Tab The scenes screen’s “parameter safe” tab configures which console parameters The scenes screen’s “channel safe” tab configures which console channels are are and are not saved/switched with the console scenes. This is very useful and are not changed when a console scene change occurs.
  • Page 55: Mute Group Screen

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.10 Mute Group Screen 7.11 Utility Screen The mute group screen allows for quick assignment and control of the console’s The utility screen is a supplemental screen designed to work in conjunction 6 mute groups, and offers two separate functions: with the other screens that may be in view at any particular moment.
  • Page 56: Usb Screen

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 7.12 USB Screen 7.12.2 USB Screen: Configuration Tab The USB screen controls various aspects of the console’s onboard audio file The configuration tab allows setting up all aspects of the stereo recorder. In this...
  • Page 57 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 5. Rotate the 4th encoder to select the specific signal source to feed the currently selected channel of the stereo recorder. Choices include: • Main L • Main R • Main C/M • Any of the 16 Mix Bus Outputs •...
  • Page 58: Specifications

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual 8. Specifications Processing 32 input channels, 8 aux channels, 8 FX return channels, 16 aux buses, Number of processing channels 6 matrices, main LRC Internal effects engines, true stereo / mono 8 / 16 Internal total recall scenes (incl.
  • Page 59 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual Input/Output Characteristics Frequency range, @ 48 kHz sample rate, 0 dB to -1 dB 10 Hz - 22 kHz Dynamic range, analog in to analog out (typical) 106 dB A/D dynamic range, preamp to converter (typical)
  • Page 60: Block Diagram

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual Block Diagram...
  • Page 61: X32 Midi Implementation

    > for CC and Note commands ‘Value’ 0…127 = controller number/note number, and the button momentarily toggles the controller value/note-on > valid scenes must be stored in the internal X32 show file. It is not possible velocity to 127 (depressed)à0 (released] to recall empty scenes.
  • Page 62 MIDI RX/TX > REMOTE Enables a specific form of bi-directional MIDI communication for remote controlling a computer DAW application using control elements of the X32 console. REMOTE can be used in 3 modes, Mackie Control, HUI and raw MIDI CC (raw) controllers (see Setup/remote) •...
  • Page 63: Dimensions

    X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual Dimensions...
  • Page 64 X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER User Manual FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION COMPLIANCE INFORMATION X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER MUSIC Group Services US Inc. Responsible Party Name: 18912 North Creek Parkway, Address: Suite 200 Bothell, WA 98011, +1 425 672 0816 Phone Number: X32 RACK DIGITAL MIXER complies with the FCC rules as mentioned in the following paragraph:...
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