How to Hook Up a Behringer Mixer

Written by kevin krause
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Behringer produces several different mixer models for use in live sound settings. Whether you need a simple set-up for amplifying a speech or a more full-fledged system for mixing live music, the set-up process follows the same basic steps. Hooking up your Behringer mixer properly will go a long way in producing great sound out of your PA system.

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Things you need

  • Behringer mixer
  • Microphones
  • XLR cables
  • 1/4-inch Balanced line cables
  • Powered amplifier

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  1. 1

    Place your mixer in a location that will allow you to hear the sound coming from the speakers clearly. The best placement is opposite the speakers, centred between the left and right pair. Connect the power supply to your mixer.

  2. 2

    Connect the female end of an XLR cable to a microphone. Run the other end of the cable to your mixing board. Plug the male end into the "Mic" port of an open channel. These channels provide the preamps that will shape the sound characteristics of the microphone signal, processing them for output. Repeat the process for each microphone in your rig.

  3. 3

    Connect one end of a balanced 1/4-inch cable to the left channel jack labelled "L" found on the "Main Out" panel. Connect another cable to the right channel jack with the "R" label. Connect the opposite end of each cable to the matching left and right inputs on you amplifier.

  4. 4

    Power on your mixer and amplifier. Test each microphone connected to the mixer for output.

  5. 5

    Adjust the volume of each microphone channel to create a balanced mix. Use the "EQ" knobs to shape the tone and cut out frequencies that are causing squeal and feedback.

Tips and warnings

  • You can hook up other instruments and sound sources to your mixer using the various other connections provided on each channel. 1/4 inch jacks are good for instrument signals and even a CD player can be hooked up if your mixer has stereo RCA jacks on each channel.
  • Be careful not to overload your system. Driving your speakers too hard can damage the speaker cone.

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