Originally Posted by dxavier
Will be interesting to see what you think of the X32 in the context of a studio. It looks very well made and well featured.
Hopefully, you will post a review of it?
I purchased this a couple weeks ago and returned it for a few reasons.
The primary reason was self noise generated by the board.
*The rotary encoder would make a zipper noise.
*The more LEDs that were lit up in the EQ section would add more noise.
*Channels 16/32 (farthest to right) were picking up electrical noise from the board and are not usable.
*The headphone outputs had a faint electrical or transformer noise. (Not clear if this was audible on main outs or just the headphone jacks.)
*The overall sound quality conversion was poor IMO. I played an MP3 from computer usb through channels 1/2 and hd280 phones and it sounded boxy. Then I played same mp3 from my htc evo and it sounded better, more clear and open. (And these are just poor phone converters.) The channels 1/2 were soloed. Its not clear if this was bad board sound or just a poorly speced headphone amp, but in studio I am using phones alot, so it was a no go.
*Poor s/n in general. Channel with sm58 and vocal tests had more hiss that I would expect from a studio preamp.
*Even when gain set to zero on all input channels, they cumulatively added noise to signal path. Unused channels need to be muted. Used chanells need to be gated.
*Flaky drivers. WDM drivers were working for windows, but ASIO drivers were not interacting well with samplitude. In "clock selection" box there was gibberish, and then once selected it defaulted to "computer", not X32.
*ASIO driver control panel when launched from OS, does not allow changing any options. Can only change asio options when launched from Samp. Was not able to get samp to play w/ asio, X32 selected and samp playing, no sound. Ididnt spend too much time trying to troubleshoot because of other issues. At this point I knew it was going back.
*Inaccurate faders. They land in a different spot depending on which direction they are coming from.
I also checked the one at GC and noticed most of the same problems.
I posted this in the remote forum, the tech rep from Behringer PMed me and said there was a 5min fix for all the noise issues in the first batch, that they had to reroute a cable.
Overall, I would avoid this for studio work as I was left with the impression that you will get better recording/playback results with one of the newer $200-300 usb multichannel interfaces. Even without the noise, I felt it would be very easy to improve upon conversion and fidelity. For live sound this might be the ticket, but because of noise/manufacturing issues, I absolutely did not want one from the first batch. The feature set is amazing, but dont expect it to compete with even a mid level recording interface.