The Behringer Europower series of powered mixers has gained global popularity over the years due to an easy price point, functionality and its lightweight design. These mixers are highly versatile and nimble enough to fit into nearly any application.
This how-to discusses the basic set-up and some recommended configurations for the Europower PMP1000, PMP3000 and PMP5000 models. These units are powered, meaning they can provide amplification to passive components and also work in unison with other powered components. Out of the box, the unit is capable of being quickly plugged into the wall and connected to loudspeakers and/or monitors. Before doing so, ensure that there is enough airspace surrounding the mixer. The amplifier in the unit can overheat and cause damage in constricted areas where airflow is minimal. Behringer also warns that earthing (grounding) the loudspeaker outputs, connecting the loudspeaker outputs to each other or connecting the loudspeaker outputs to the outputs of another amplifier can cause severe damage to the unit. Do not plug anything into the loudspeaker outputs on your mixer to anything other than loudspeakers.
With the mixer in its intended space, plug the power cable into a grounded wall receptacle. Position the (passive/active) speaker enclosures where you'd like them and install them on their respective stands if they have them. Separate and organise speaker cables, microphone cables (XLR) and instrument cables. Some microphones require something called "phantom power." The PMP models all offer this on the interface. The phantom power option is as simple as pushing a button. The microphone will indicate whether it requires phantom power. Plug the loudspeaker cables into the speaker enclosures and snake the cabling to the mixer to plug into the loudspeaker jacks. Connect the microphone and instrument cables into individual "tracks" on the mixer. Ensure that the settings are turned down or minimised prior to powering on to avoid sharp noise and potential damage to the unit and/or speakers. Turn the unit on.
Take the microphone and position it at least 4 to 5 feet from any loudspeaker that is connected to the mixer. This will limit the potential for feedback. Instruments should be positioned 4 to 5 feet away from the speakers as well. Bring the volume up on the microphone track and instrument track to the "0" setting on the board. Then bring up the main volume on the right side of the board. Test the volume as you do so and monitor the LED level indicator, being sure not to let the volume get too high. Excess volume will clip the sound and can produce poor results in a live or recording situation.
The PMP series of mixers has several options to equalise sound to precise specifications. After dialling in the preferred tone, move your attention to the built-in effects console on the top right of the mixer. Spend time viewing and listening to the different sound effects options available to you. Write down the codes for the effects you like and will likely return to.
When dialling tone for the first time, it's good to set all equaliser settings to neutral positions first and then lightly adjust each setting individually to advance the sound.
The PMP series mixers will work with most speaker ohm ratings. Be sure to set the mixer output to match your loudspeaker ohm rating prior to plugging in and powering on, as serious damage can be caused to the speakers.
Tips and warnings
- When dialling tone for the first time, it's good to set all equaliser settings to neutral positions first and then lightly adjust each setting individually to advance the sound.
- The PMP series mixers will work with most speaker ohm ratings. Be sure to set the mixer output to match your loudspeaker ohm rating prior to plugging in and powering on, as serious damage can be caused to the speakers.