How to Record With a Xenyx 1832FX

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How to Record With a Xenyx 1832FX
Faders on a mixing board. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Before digital audio workstations, audio mixing of songs and sound material was accomplished by mixing boards. The Behringer Xenyx 1832FX is a throwback to those older mixing consoles, but updated to handle the present digital cable standards such as USB. Mixing with a Xenyx board is, strange to say, just like mixing with a DAW on a your computer screen. The difference is you have the real tactile feel of adjusting levels, adding effects, and sweetening tracks on 18 separate inputs as audio mixes were done by sound engineers not so long ago.

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Things you need

  • DAT machine or computer
  • Connecting cables
  • Microphone

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  1. 1

    Connect the Behringer Xenyx 1832FX to your computer via USB cables using the two channel stereo outputs. Alternatively, connect these same output to a digital audio tape recorder with RCA line-level cables.

  2. 2

    Connect your main mix tracks to the first two inputs on the 1832FX mixing board.

  3. 3

    Connect microphones or instruments to as many additional inputs as are needed. The Xenxy 1832FX mixer has built-in phantom power on each XLR input for condenser microphones.

  4. 4

    Play the existing mix track and adjust its levels with two of the mixer's input faders.

  5. 5

    Set the levels of any additional inputs, and adjust their various levels with their respective faders. The faders provide a visual graphic curve of the respective sound sources.

  6. 6

    Add limiting EQ or spatial effects to any channel to affect tonal balance in the live or recorded mix. Use the two main output faders to gauge the level going to the PA, the computer, or the DAT machine.

  7. 7

    Follow the recommendations of the device you are mixing to for setting its optimum input levels.

Tips and warnings

  • The Xenyx 1832FX comes with rack mount brackets that can be attached to the board to mount the mixer in a 19-inch rack.

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