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XR series price drop

jawgee

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Wow, with a coupon you could probably grab an XR18 for under $500 - what a steal!! I think it's worth the money at the old price!

Is this a sign of something new, like an XR18-HD with sampling rates up to 192KHz??

I wonder what other competitors are doing as these mixers have to be not only eating into the live mixer market share, but also into the recording interface share as well. Recording 18 discrete tracks at a time over USB for ~$500 with live effects and wireless mixing/monitoring - how do you beat that??
 

PhilF

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Wow, with a coupon you could probably grab an XR18 for under $500 - what a steal!! I think it's worth the money at the old price!

Is this a sign of something new, like an XR18-HD with sampling rates up to 192KHz??

I wonder what other competitors are doing as these mixers have to be not only eating into the live mixer market share, but also into the recording interface share as well. Recording 18 discrete tracks at a time over USB for ~$500 with live effects and wireless mixing/monitoring - how do you beat that??
Im guessing it's because of the Midas boxes that are coming out. Same form factor as the XR series. Going to be fairly cheap. Probably don't want to put them in the same price range.
 

MLG Audio

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I'm very interested to see if there's a Midas MR18 on it's way. I've been thinking about a second xr as a backup anyway, so it would be great to have the behringer in the trailer while the midas does the work.
 

sants

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You can find the xr18 for $500 right now on eBay and reverb or other big places.
 
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Crowder

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yeah, but are they just gonna be re-badged XRs? i wonder what the actual quality difference will be.
I have the same questions. They're supposed to have actual Midas preamps with better specs, but let's be honest...these things are built on PCB's. The changes are probably very subtle. Either chips or programming.

I'm hoping the existence of these will bring some software updates, especially for iPad.
 

mattball826

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yeah, but are they just gonna be re-badged XRs? i wonder what the actual quality difference will be.
Will be interesting to find out. Apparently some differences in the preamp snr and headroom. That's what the initial web blab is saying. Not sure if speculation or not.

Hardware change- MR18 has XLR jacks with latches. That might be better for rack mounted versions, but as a breakout box, I'd rather the XLR cable pop free if jarred than pulling the entire box around. Only happened once where we had the XR18 on a plastic storage box, but it was elevated 2' from the floor. One of the guys stepped on a cable that was kind of at it's limit and it pulled out of the XR18 input. If that was a latched input, XR18 meets the floor.

XR18 is a solid performer in the live use area and as a nice 18x18 DAW interface with direct channel monitoring and zero latency monitoring.

MR18 is supposed to sell at 899. I wonder if they drop the X series lines or is the Midas version there for the doubting Thomas' that said "yeah sure it's Midas pres" so Behringer made a Midas version of the XR for those that want an actual Midas badge.

The MR18 also seems to have a different GUI for the iOS and Android versions. I have not seen the Win/Mac version yet.
 

jawgee

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Wait a year...
Who will beat it, other than Behringer themselves? I'm hoping this tech and price point will drive some innovation and competition amongst the other players - Mackie, Presonus, QSC, etc. So far, Behringer's got them all beat in the total package for less money, IMHO.
 

loudboy

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Who will beat it, other than Behringer themselves? I'm hoping this tech and price point will drive some innovation and competition amongst the other players - Mackie, Presonus, QSC, etc. So far, Behringer's got them all beat in the total package for less money, IMHO.
Most likely.

We're not talking about mixers anymore - these are computers, and Moore's Law applies.
 

Nebakanezer

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Most likely.

We're not talking about mixers anymore - these are computers, and Moore's Law applies.
This is my biggest fear! I can still screw up a computer and I quit looking at porn a long time ago!
I am in a state of limbo where I want to catch up with the times, but I'm telling you I can screw some stuff up!!!
 

loudboy

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This is my biggest fear! I can still screw up a computer and I quit looking at porn a long time ago!
I am in a state of limbo where I want to catch up with the times, but I'm telling you I can screw some stuff up!!!
It's very easy to really get in over your head with a digital mixer - with so much crap you can put on every channel, aux and output, a novice might get to the point where they don't have any idea what's going on.
 
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Have any of you guys used one of the smaller digital mixers like the XR12 as a submixer on stage?
I could see this being handy for a multi-instrumentalist or a drummer....or even used by a sound man for channel expansion(in the form of what amounts to a drop-snake in the case of the XR12 type format)
 

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New mixers coming out at Namm. They're looking to move inventory. Soundcraft has an updated supposedly improved Ui series coming out.
 

loudboy

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Have any of you guys used one of the smaller digital mixers like the XR12 as a submixer on stage?
I could see this being handy for a multi-instrumentalist or a drummer....or even used by a sound man for channel expansion(in the form of what amounts to a drop-snake in the case of the XR12 type format)
Other than for a kbd rig by someone who really knew what they were doing, I've never seen a submixer used successfully onstage. Especially for drums - you need to have control at FOH.
 
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Other than for a kbd rig by someone who really knew what they were doing, I've never seen a submixer used successfully onstage. Especially for drums - you need to have control at FOH.
I hear ya, but you essentially would have control with the remote. It might be a bit of a hassle, toggling between two mixers, but it could be done.... and in the case of drums, I would probably still give the kick its own FOH channel.....
 






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