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It was a fun and fruitful day. To be that retro-renegade guy. So I said to myself I want an analog board again! Most of what I saw while doing my research pointed me toward the 3 to 4 thousand dollar range. Part of my disappointment came from the fact that in the digital world prices are now going up some of the prices for plug-ins are getting a little too close to their analog counter-parts.
This is a new board in the Eurodesk series. It is an ultra low noise board with 48 total inputs and a stereo eight buss sub group. It retails for So, with the help of Bob from Live2Play and SoundProLive, the people at Behringer and my good friends at Sweetwater, I managed to get my hands on one—after several disasters involving shipping and routing problems caused by an over-stretched delivery carrier.
I really must thank the teams at both Behringer and Sweetwater for coming through and managed to get a new board to me in record time. What I got was a very quiet large format console with a small footprint. This board just looks serious. The ingenious design is at home in the studio, or a small to mid-size live venue, a House of Worship or as a great extra for any rental company with an eye to client satisfaction at a low cost.
I could also see this board showing up in some Audio Schools. It is a great way to introduce this new generation of engineers to the analog world. Low and High shelving EQ for channels 25 thru 48, each also switchable from A to B mix independently as needed. Sonically it is very strong. A solid bottom with a clear and present top end. None of the digital hashness that you can get with the low cost digital boards. Just a smooth and warm wash of well defined audio. Keeping in mind the price is still a penny less than a thousand dollars and your eyes start to widen even more in surprise as it continues to unfold more and more big board features.
These are known to be very particular about their power source. You must have enough gain to drive them so that they can catch the quick transients without overloading or distorting the signal. Needless to say the SX passed this test with flying colors.
I then invited some close friends over to do a very quick dump to the computer of just a jam or two while using the extensive routing of the SX I had no complaints as I was able to send separate headphone feeds to everyone using cues and auxes keeping everyone happy.
But, even so, these are very powerful. You can really push them and give someone a haircut and a shave. Or take little steps and gently walk a soft musical phrase in and around your mix. I happen to agree with the two shelving picks. Using 80Hz as the low filter really makes sense to me also. One of my favorite things about the SX are the 8 stereo sub-groups. These can be run in mono and then you have the ability to dump 16 tracks to tape or your DAW.
Everything ran quick and smoothly. With even extra time to fool around and hook up some of my cool outboard gear to experiment with getting different sounds.
Hence the split board feature. This then allows you to quickly go right into mix mode with just a few minutes of planning and just a swap, skip and a jump to get started. When mixing, all the channels are there in front of you to use as you please. You can assign your drums, guitars and vocals or whatever you like to be controlled by the sub groups.
This makes it very easy to keep a growing mix in check and enable tweaks in levels as your mix blooms. All of the Groups and main mix outs plus the tape two returns also have inserts to further help you sculpt not only your mix but how and what you want to listen to it through. There are also inputs for n external source such as a CD or some other sound source for reference if you want.
The biggest and best thing about the Behringer Eurodesk SX is that it can shave time in mixing and tracking. Let me explain. When mixing in the box, or on a digital console, you can use many plug-ins or features that rely upon a limited amount of processors or algorithms. And eventually they all get s tuffed thru the same converters. Thus in the end, all your sound is passing thru a very limited amount of the same type of electronics. Now in the analog world where you would be using the SX, everything you pass your sound thru alters it.
Just a little. This makes getting depth and definition much easier as the accumulated differences help to separate your tracks from one and another right from the start for you. You have the mix taking shape and the sounds defining themselves very quickly as the inherent quirks of analog slightly alter each sound as you bring it up on a different channel thru a different piece of outboard gear.
Just choose your main channel and assign it to your processing chain, send it to all your subs and just by muting and panning you can drop 16 tracks as fast as your singer can sing. Again the Behringer SX proves it is worth tree times the money. Are you going to complain. Of course the budget is a big give away. But sometimes you can be surprised. This is why I went with the Behringer SX in my project studio. It helps keep the overall cost to the client down because it takes less time.
And time is money as they say. Cleaner circuit boards and better all around chips and circuitry helped to bring the cost down for both of the strategies over time.
Many major engineer producers are using this combination of in the box and going thru a good analog board for warmth and size along with some choice outboard gear to help re-define the boarders of what a good mix is, and push both themselves and the gear to grow. In the end it is still those that use the tools that make the big difference in any trade. No matter where you are in your career in audio, if you are making the decisions on what gear to use, you owe it to yourself to take a good long look at what may change many things in the years to come in audio.
Contact: atthecube me. Then a friend hipped me to the Behringer Eurodesk SX And was I surprised. A total of 48 inputs. Six mono send stereo returned Auxes. Two separate and assignable stereo cue sends. Solo in place or pre fader listen. An easy to read well thought out manual that makes sense.
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Behringer Eurodesk SX4882 User Manual
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