The ULTIMATE YouTube & Streaming Mixer – Behringer Xenyx x1832USB Review

Almost exactly 5 years ago today, I received
the Behringer Xenyx x1832USB mixer to use and learn. A colleague I was working with at a radio
and broadcasting internship bought me one to figure it out and master it for their live
broadcasts. At the time, this beast of a mixer seemed
way over my head and a tad overkill for my needs, but over the past 5 years I’ve gained
a pretty solid understanding of its inner workings and I’ve finally started to grow
out of it. I have a new mixer I’ll be setting up in
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more fun, today taking a look at this bad boy, the Behringer Xenyx x1832 USB mixer. Despite its size, this is actually a “small
format” mixer. It features 14 inputs, the first 5 of which
can be XLR or 1/4″, with the “award-winning Xenyx pre-amps” for your XLR mic inputs. Supposedly these are… good? …but I personally
have not been a fan. To be fair, my experience with bad pre-amps
is limited, but I’ve always had to use external pre-amp tools with this mixer for most of
the mics that I’ve used. So you’ve got 6 mic inputs with XLR or quarter-inch,
channel inserts for those inputs – allowing you to route them out to separate effects
processors and back – then 8 more inputs lined up as dual quarter-inch inputs for stereo
or mono via the left channel. The 6 mic inputs have a gain knob for the
pre-amp and a built-in compressor knob. All inputs have a level adjustment pad for
+4db or -10db. All inputs also have… all of these other
knobs. You’ve got a 4-band EQ for high, high-mid,
low-mid, and low frequency tuning, aux sends controls – which I never got working well
– FX application levels, left-right stereo panning, and a mute button. Flexible output options are available, as
well. You’ve got your standard phones output up
top, then on the back you have Main Outputs available in XLR and Quarter-inch, sub-mix
output via quarter inch, and a “Control Room Out” via quarter-inch. This is a 2-bus mixer, meaning you have a
main mix and a sub-mix. I use this HEAVILY for streaming and inspired
my primary interest in learning audio mixing for streams and information that I regularly
use to this day. I have mine set up as a spaghetti monster
I wouldn’t wish on anyone, which is why most of the footage is of it extracted from
my setup… hard to decode here. So for each input’s fader, you have 3 switches
– Solo, Sub, and Main. “Solo” sends the signal to what is essentially
a “soft mix” of sorts – it only goes to the headphones and control room out for you
to hear. If you want to hear and monitor a source,
“Solo” needs turned on for it. “Sub” and “Main” are for the sub-mix
and main mix, respectively. I utilize this to create a main mix of all
of my input sources together – something I don’t use all that often anymore – and a
sub-mix with just my microphone inputs. I use this sub mix as my primary input in
Windows. This way, I have a clean, microphone-only
input to my PC that I can record and send to VOIP apps like Discord, Skype, etc. without
the people I’m chatting with hearing an echo of themselves. Then, if I need a full mix-down for live streams,
I have that running in, as well – though I mainly just mix to headphones for me to hear
and capture main mix sources in software anyway. The issue with this kind of setup is that
for every different mix you send to a single computer, you need a unique Line-In port on
the PC. Which… virtually none have. So since 2013 or 2014 when I decided to handle
it this way, I have been utilizing both the motherboard Line In port on my PC and a PCIe
sound card – the Creative SoundBlaster Z. Main mix feeds via dual quarter inch to 3.5mm
cable into one and sub mix into another. This also then gives me the benefit of having
two output channels – line out from the motherboard and line out from the sound card – both which
get routed into the mixer. The main PC out handles all of my PC’s default
sounds – desktop use, games, videos, etc. The second output from the PC has VOIP apps
manually assigned. This way I can balance my game sound and chat
sound, for example, for me a LOT better – and keep them separated in OBS since they are
now running to two physically different devices, without the need for Virtual Audio Cable,
VoiceMeter, etc. This has been very handy. Annoyingly, however, the SoundBlaster Z ALWAYS
defaults to 5.1 surround sound, instead of stereo, upon reboot – which can cause Discord
to not want to output to it. I’ve never really found a fix for that,
which is why I’d like to move away from using it. To get around this, I’ve been using the obvious
solution in front of my face. Most computer monitors have a headphone output
jack. So I simply have routed one of my monitor’s
headphone jacks to a mixer input, and that serves as the output device for my VOIP calls
from Discord and Skype. That way I have a separate volume fader on
the mixer for me, a separate device to map in OBS Studio, and I don’t need a second sound
card. Just about everyone can do this! The FX slider also allows you to map which
tracks it plays to, and then you can turn up FX levels per device. So I have FX set to only apply to my microphone
devices – so when I unmute FX, my mic has the effects applied. The built-in 24-bit effects mainly include
reverb and chorus-style effects. You can change them up here by the LCD display. Below that, there’s another equalizer – a
9-band stereo graphic EQ that applies to the whole mix, based on your settings here. I used the onboard EQs and compressors at
one point in time, but mostly leave these off in lieu of separate hardware processors
such as the DBX 286s for my primary microphone. This board also has a virtual surround sound
control, which could be neat, but I always avoid, and a voice cancellation button for
running karaoke. You can also achieve more output routing via
the Mon Send and Aux Sends setups – as well as the “2Track” RCA routing – but I found
these to be overall more messy than just using a sub mix, and never put much effort into
figuring those out. Lastly, of course, this mixer has USB output,
buuuuuut I have honestly found that feature to be all but useless. It uses generic ASIO4ALL drivers, only sends
the main stereo mix to the PC, and overall was just way too quiet to be usable. In my original testing, even clipping the
main mix would be like -40db input to the PC, and then amplifying it up brought crazy
noise floor with it. No thank you. Plus USB audio just sucks anyway. Speaking of noise floors….. This mixer gots problems. I have spent the past 5 years trying to clear
up line noise issues with this mixer. At first, I blamed PC fan noise and spent
ages throwing up those crappy foam tiles and trying to clear up room noise. Then I blamed bad power and we added more
grounding pigtails to my outlets. Next, I got a bunch of those car-purposed
“ground loop isolators” for the 3.5mm runs – which helped a LOT. But over time there was still some high-frequency
hiss and etc. going on. I bought a power conditioner to run all my
audio gear from, bought a lot of those HumX per-plug ground loop fixers, nothing was a
complete fix. For basic audio run-through, the mixer was
totally fine – but post-processing and amplification brought up the hiss and noise a LOT. Nothing truly fixed my issues until I found
another Behringer product only just in January of this year – the HD400 Hum Destroyer. Running any inputs and outputs through these
boxes – 1 box per stereo pair of quarter-inch connectors, which got very expensive – fixed
my issues. But everyone I talk to in the audio space
says that that should not be necessary. The mixer itself – even with no inputs – has
some noise issues. It could be specific to my mixer – but I’ve
seen similar complaints from others about this mixer and about Xenyx products on the
whole, so I’m thinking either it’s a trend or a big quality control issue. With my mixer, as well, my 6th mic input shorted
out at some point. Whenever I was using direct mic inputs and
needed the phantom power switch on, the compressor light for that input would always light up
when turning it on and it would pop. Even without phantom power, that input just
doesn’t work and never really has. I’ve also run into issues where sometimes
I’ll go to record my microphone and one of the channels is totally glitched out and staticy. Usually the right side. This only happens with microphone inputs (even
though they’re mono) and I usually just have to power cycle the mixer or switch inputs
enough until it resolves. All of this seems to point to bad capacitors
in the mixer, a common problem with cheaper solutions. Back to good points, the mixer is compact
for everything it has, and comes with rack ears in the box to add to a rack-mount setup,
which is how I had it set up for a long time. There’s probably more to this mixer that
I haven’t learned or covered, but this is what I’ve gotten from it through my 5 years
of use for content creation, voiceover, streaming, broadcasting and so on. For $250 – though it was $300 when I got it
– it’s got a pretty good value going for it, I just wish the USB support was better
and that it didn’t have so much trouble with line noise. While the original plan back in May-ish when
I shot this review was to switch to the PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 Firewire mixer that I picked
up, I’ve actually switched back to the Behringer. The PreSonus doesn’t have the same bad input
issues as this mixer, but it still needs hum destroyers to clear out high frequency bleed,
Windows keeps disconnecting the firewire audio device – a common issue with FocusRite USB
interfaces – and it is much more difficult to do convoluted things like sub and main
bus mapping, effects application, and it is even finicky about stereo sources. While I’m sure it’s a great mixer for many
uses, this Behringer X1832 mixer puts the controls I need right in front of my face
and where I need them. So I guess at this point I’m just ordering
a new x1832 or the x2222 which can be had for the same price, to swap in place. As always, affiliate product links will be
in the description below if you wanna pick one of these up for yourself. Despite its issues it has served me very well
for nonstop use and virtually 24/7 power-on time for the past 5 years, which is incredible. Very few pieces of gear last me that long. Hit the like button if you enjoyed, subscribe
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  • Great education as always! For us Voicemeter users, would you be willing to do a follow up on a "so you're settling with Voicemeter" vid, and show how'd that integrate into say your Master OBS class [if it hasn't already yet I'm still working through it :-)], or perhaps if someone's using voicemeeter but also wants to add a mixer to the situation how and why they might want to use that in tandem with voicemeeter if thats even thing. P.S. Jailbroke PSP going strong!

  • i would avoid rca>3.5mm or 2.5 mm convertor cables because they will produce white noise and humm into your audio as you can go from grouded to ungrounded

  • I am looking at moving to Yamaha MG10 or Mackie ProFXv2 mixer. Which would you recommend? Have seen both recommended for their good pre-amps. Currently have the Behringer 802 USB and it was okay to start, but I'm looking for better quality audio and more inputs now. Looked at interfaces but just not enough control for Live stuff. Would love to have the Zoom L-12, but it's a little out of my budget. Thoughts on either of the two listed above?

  • The Aux mix is if you have more then one person or a guest they can monitor themselves. Like a band would use floor wedges or in ear monitors. For the skipe/teamspeak and whatever else vox program you can use virtual audio cable software. I have those setup for my mix. I also found a Tascam 4×4 interface which works awesome!!! I’ll do a video of that it works in 4 modes. I love this thing. But doesn’t work for live band use which is not its intention.×4/

    any questions let me know!!

  • Nice setup. Very similar to what I have for my DJ streams. Got my DJ mixer into an Allen & Heath Zed 14 analog mixer, then that goes into my audio interface (Presonus Studio 192, kinda overkill) which I then ingest into OBS for streaming and Audacity for quick recording. I didn't try the Behringer mixer before going to the Zed 14 but I did try the comparable mackie one and yup I agree there's some crazy noise in the lower end mixers if you need to push it. If you can I'd highly check out one of the Zed mixers if you're still having issues or want to check something else out. Feel free to ask me any questions if ya need too 🙂 Thanks for doing all these awesome streaming videos man.

  • If you use pretty much any usb audio interface, and voicemeter of course, you can avoid using any onboard audio of any kind, monior or motherboard, and avoid any audio interference from your electronic components. It seems odd that you are using any onboard audio at all since you are using that mixer. You will almost always get some bleed from using any quarter inch line inputs if they are audio outputs from either your monitor or motherboard audio. Using the asio input for your audio interface in voicemeter will allow you to route all audio outputs from your mixer to the inputs on your usb interface and avoid any high frequency bleed from your pc. Many many hours of using voicemeter and all its features.

  • I also use a Behringer mixer, a qx1622 to be exact, and am pretty happy with it in my dual pc stream setup (Mainly because it's the only one with all these features in this form factor. If I had more space on my desk, I would probably choose the Yamaha MGP12X).

  • Interesting you would stick with Behringer given the hum issues you were talking about. Right now, I am using a UR44 audio interface and I was thinking about switching back to a mixer. I could get something like the MG10XU from Yamaha but the FX Send is the only send you really have and like you mentioned, there are no submixes. I've also thought about the Mackie ProFX8v2 (and 12v2), but that again runs into the same issue.

    From my online research, the only mixer via USB that doesn't have this issue is the Allen & Heath mixers. Of course, I don't think they have the number of inputs I would need. Ideally, I would probably need the Yamaha MG12XU to do everything I would need via stream…but $$$$. I don't know if I would like to go that high. Truth is, I probably just need to sit down and learn how to use the UR44 in Cubase and I'll be good once I route things how I want.

    Nice video though! It is fun that it came out at the same time I was shopping for these items as well. Hope it all works out for you.

  • I really like the Soundcraft Signature 12 MTK (or 22 if you need more channels), I just picked one up a few weeks ago after a ton of research and it's been awesome.

  • I've always wondered how these work. I know the basics but cool to see how you use that stuff! Is that in your old apartment or is the background very similar?

  • That's interesting about the Focusrite audio interface. My 2i4 is barely a year old and using Voicemeter connected to obs, really makes my AT2035 quiet when using Cubase 6 etc. My gain on the 2i4 is up at ~ 2 o'clock as well. As a telephone market research interviewer, I use my voice daily in a professional capacity on a crapy headset. My voice comes across clear when I need to reach out into even in rural areas even over voip. I'm at a loss as to what's going on with Voicemeter/obs. I'm considering just using my Logitech C270 instead of the 2i4, sigh.

  • is there a way to have a PlayStation 4 going into a mixer, to control volume and where the sound gets routed to like headphones and speakers ?

  • I've had my Mackie 1202 mixer for 25 or 30 years now. Good preamps but not many features. Only problem I've had with it is the rubber feed turned into goo. Scraped them off and stuck new ones on. Good for another 20 years. Great investment. Here's a photo:

  • I gave up on mixers because every one I used had some noise to it so I just use a audio interface and the dbx 286x and I have not had any noise in the 2 years Ive used this set up.

  • If you don't need the physical Controls on the device you are plugging things in and out of, I've used the Beheringer X air 12 for all of my streams and it has been AMAZING. It's got all the effects the really expensive X32 mixer has, all in a small headless box you can stash away behind your computer so You don't have to have the mess of wires from multiple sources.

    You can create up to 6 buses, route them all around internally, do compression, EQ, hard limiting and even have up to 4 effect tracks you can send. It's really the professional mixer and you should take a look.

    The only downside is that it doesn't come with hardware controls. I found being able to mix it on my PC and tablets to actually be a better solution since it cleared up desk space. If you need more inputs, or need USB out on it there's an XR 18 model.

    Oh and the pres on it are not noisy. Worth it for that alone.

  • Almost 5 years ago? It was delivered on April 30th 2013…..That's 5years 3months and a bit.

    Still a great review and loving the channel.

  • I been thinking of a hardware mixer but could not find a way to output 5 different sources from one pc without mixing them together. If only the souround dound cards output could have been used as 3-4 stereo outputs.

    Or if the USB on a mixer had more than one channel

    I use my Mackie as my sound card for my computer. I fix my ground loop problem like that. You have your computer hook as in and out audio with your mixer you get a ground loop in your audio when you record.

  • I personally use a Xenyx 802 USB, and I've really been liking it so far. When it comes time for a new mixer, I'll probably get another Behringer. Thanks for the vid!

  • I had the 12 version of this (not the 18). Functionally, it was great. I understood it pretty well. However it was sheer crap. The quality of the electronics was aweful and the thing became progressively more bug-ridden. It would develop subtle faults which you had to discover the hard way. It's a terrible mixer. The ideas were great, but the execution was SHOCKING.

    It's no wonder pro-audio guy seem to start vomiting every time the name Behringer comes up.

    Having said that, I mixed audio for a band using the Behiringer X32 fully digital console. It is a fantastic unit. You can't believe it was manufactured by the same company. Actualy, the unit was designed by MIDAS so maybe that is why it worked okay. The faders were cheap and sometimes problematic, but the sound wasn't too bad. I'd have no problems reccomending the Behringer X32 CORE edition instead of something like the Xenyx mixer. That thing was really crap. Bad memories. Don't do it. Just don't. Seriously. Why would you want to hurt yourself. It's like stabbing yourself in the eye every time you discover a new "undocumented feature".

    Now I have an audio interface with ADAT which breaks out to an extra 8 io ports. The Presonus Studio 192 Mobile. This is perfect for an on-the-road application, but obviously needs a laptop to work because you're "mixing in the box". In other words, it comes with live mixing software. It has built in DSPs which allow you to do sound FX in realtime with no extra latency (beyong the minimal existing audio interface latency). It's a good solution for streamers I think. There are many similar offerings on the market (audio interfaces as in-the-box mixers with their own DSPs). Do the research.

  • Thank you for this thorough look at this mixer. Getting a good digital and yet hands-on solution going is either expensive or a lot of setup work. The two Tip Of The Hats streams I mixed were done on a Mackie 1608 DL(iPad mixer), an RME Fireface UC(USB interface) and a Focusrite 2/2 USB interface(streaming machine input) for the first event. The second swapped out the Mackie for the X32 Behringer, which improved hands-on control a great deal. Extra iPads helped as remotes as well. That’s the expensive option.
    The cheaper option is to have a professional audio interface like the RME, and use Reaper because it’s so flexible to use with any control sources, be they the computer keyboard, midi devices or controllers.
    Now I’d be testing the smaller ipad mixers, depending on the show size. The X32 was running multiple sub mixes from up to 10 mics and lots of stereo line sources. Submixes for commentators, players, production crew, stream and even live stage. Great preamps too, though the Midas version may be better if you have a wider range of signal sources.
    If it’s financially viable, I’d go with a medium digital mixer and a pro audio interface.

  • you might want to check out the Allen and Heath ZED series. . Very similar mixers but they are a much higher quality brand, Behringer (especially the Xenxyx series) is seen as a bit of a joke in the audio industry.

  • I reccomend the Yamaha MG or the Allen and Heath ZED series of mixers, over the Behringer Xenyx series just due to the difference in quality. One thing I will say is that no matter what, you'll probably be using external processors such as external compressors and external preamps when it comes to USB mixers, mostly cause that's sort've the nature of the beast. You really aren't gonna get the best results off what the mixer gives you alone. What the eq and compression on a mixer are really good for is when you're tracking drums, atleast that's what I usually find to be the case.

  • I had started doing my highschools sound mixing two years ago , in the begining I looked at it and thought what the living fuck do i need these things for,it didn't help that my mentor literally only tod me about gain and tha volume slider……but after two years of experience and various live shows mixing bands and events i am truly shocked it its simplicity to what i thought back then

  • it use to have a low latency driver download in behringer site they remove
    glad that i have save my low latency driver, it really a must have

  • I have owned my 1832 since July 2017. I use it for practice and live performances, I am a single keyboardist/vocalist. I turn it off/on 10-15 times a day- EVERY DAY and run it 3-4 hours per day + live gigs. It has caused me NO problems what so ever. And it is totally quiet with tons of headroom. The effects are extremely useful once you find what suits your style and needs. The 9 band EQ AND feedback finder are extremely useful as is the compressor. I run my Casio PX-560 thru a Radial ProD2, using XLR's to the mixer. I use a Shure PSM 300 wireless in-ear monitors run thru a Radial Stage Bug 6, and Shure GLX D 24 wireless mic system, using an XLR to the mixer. I run two QSC 8.2's (XLR's) thru a Radial Twin Iso for my sound. My sound is crystal clear, and I receive compliments re my sound wherever I play! From my experience this is one fantastic mixer- and it cost me $249.00! My one complaint- the 48 volt phantom power switch is right next to the power switch- but I taped it off. I was aware of the many negative comments re Behringer before I purchased. But I also saw many positive comments. Since many "other" factors can contribute to a products performance I took this into consideration, I'm glad I did. Nothing in this price range has the features or performance of this mixer from my experience.

  • Im looking into a Mixer for streaming and have been looking at MG10XU. Im using a dual PC setup and want Discord, Music and Game audio seperate. I was thinking that the MG10XU will work if I use the mono line for Discord.

    Later I have been looking into the MG12XU just to get that extra stereo output, but the extra $ (I know you can do more with the MG12XU). I also was looking into Behringer X1204USB or Mackie ProFX8v2. Now I can't pick. The Behringer is so much cheaper then the MG12XU, but many say that stay away from Behringer Xenyx mixers. I have been researching alot and can't decide. Im also looking into hooking a Shure SM7B or RE320.

    Any thoughts where to go with the setup I want?

  • At this point the two mixers are showing at basically the same price. I'll have to see if they differ overly much. Unless there's a better recommended one now.

  • Modmics are alright but the cable frays way too easily where it connects to the mic. Overpriced for it's sound quality and build quality. I wouldn't buy one again.

  • Hi there, I've got the X1204 mixer. I've setup all the inputs (from gaming and streaming to mixer) the streaming pc is only outputting to my right ear. The mic is having issues with volume and there this overall static noise that occurs no matter the inputs or ouputs – even on the USB output. I also got a 1/4 to 3.5 so I can set my discord output to my monitor and route that to the mixer as a separate mono track for VoIP but the quality is very bad. I tried on my phone too and the same issue occurs.

  • I stayed with Behringers as well. Thank You for a very informative review. I don't really care about features and eledtronics. Mixer should do one job very well.

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