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Behringer Xenyx UFX1604
Old 21st October 2013
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Behringer Xenyx UFX1604

Just bought this mixer and I love it. So far after a week or 2 having it and using it for various recordings and my podcast, it's been working flawlessly.



This is the first mixer I've used with the one knob compressor on the mic channels. Has anyone used something like this before? If so, what are some good settings you recommend? I can't seem to find anywhere what the ratio, knee, attack & release settings are for the compressor on this model. Right now the compressor knob is pointing at 12 o'clock when I do voice over and my podcast.
Old 24th October 2013
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Dear BrainstuHammy,
Glad to hear that you are enjoying your XENYX UFX1604.
The one-knob compressor on the UFX1604 is designed for ease of use. As you turn the knob clockwise, the compression threshold is brought down and appropriate make-up gain is applied. This essentially allows you to adjust threshold and gain with a single knob, keeping volume consistent as more compression is applied.
There is a fixed "soft knee" compression curve and the starting point of this curve is changed with the compressor knob. The setting you are looking for will depend on how much gain you are applying to the microphone signal.
The LED light near the compressor knob indicates when gain reduction is being applied. A good starting point would be a setting that has this light turning on intermittently, during the louder parts of your voice-over. When recording vocals for broadcast, you crank up the compressor a bit more to get that compressed "radio" sound. Note that even with the knob completely to the left, the compressor is not completely deactivated and louder signals may still be compressed. To avoid this, one can use less gain at the microphone preamp so the signal isn't as loud when it gets to the compressor circuit. Hope it helps!

Best Regards,
John DiNicola
Senior Specialist, Product Support
MUSIC Group
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Old 25th October 2013
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How much did you get that for?
Old 10th November 2013
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Thanks John for the tips.

Jasperpperley I got it for $815 after shipping and taxes.
Old 24th January 2014
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Hi BrainstuHammy,

Have you had a chance to record directly to a USB stick or drive? I have yet to find someone with this mixer or the 1204 that has some samples.

Do you use it strictly for podcasting, or do you also use it to record music? How well does it work when sending multiple channels to a DAW via USB?

Thanks for letting us know you have this mixer. Great features!

Dave
Old 22nd February 2014
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Hi BrainstuHammy,

Have you had a chance to record directly to a USB stick or drive? I have yet to find someone with this mixer or the 1204 that has some samples.

Do you use it strictly for podcasting, or do you also use it to record music? How well does it work when sending multiple channels to a DAW via USB?

Thanks for letting us know you have this mixer. Great features!

Dave
In order of your questions:

- I have recorded to a flash drive for a live gig. I would never use this feature in a studio environment. It is a huge feature and the audio it recorded was great. Maybe the audiophiles on here can tell the difference between recorded flash drive samples and a recording in Logic over USB, but I couldn't tell the difference personally. Also, it was a live gig, so the recording environment wasn't perfect either. The mixer never overheated or even got uncomfortably hot, and it was a 3 hour gig in a 80 degree room.

- I am mostly using this for voice over and podcasting. Here is a commercial I made last night. (https://www.dropbox.com/s/frwgeuul40...0-%20Hammy.wav) I did the voice over using an SM57 with a slide on pop filter, the one knob compressor cranked all the way to the right, and the low end (Around 100hz) I raised by 2DB. In Audition I used a multiband compressor to make it loud and even. If you want to listen to a podcast recorded, listen to this http://morelikeradio.org/feed/podcas...-22nd-2013.mp3 but it is VERY NSFW. The little static you hear after the quiet voices and after when myself or my co-host talks is a noise reduction in Audition I used. We both use SM57s and have the same EQ settings I use for Voice Over.

- Yes, I use it to record music. I have a Macbook Pro with Logic Pro 9 on it and while the firewire cable that came with the mixer doesn't fit my Macbook, the USB cable hooked up just fine with zero issues. My Macbook and Logic read it with no problems, and I was able to record an 8 mic drum kit with no lag and, again, no overheating.

Hope this answered your questions.
Old 8th March 2014
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Hey! I got a question...
Is it possible to send the recorded tracks back to the channels of the Ufx? So i can mix the song after i recorded it? The a&h zed r16 has the possibilities to send the tracks back via firewire. Or do i have to use my rme fireface to send the tracks into the channels of the ufx?

Cheers, lape
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