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behringer EURODESK MX9000 Mixing Console
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Submitted: June 6th, 2009
by Sonicgrandma
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Sound Quality
Running into Metric Halo's. Running alongside: Pultec MB5, Rolls, Belari, Manly pre's. Taking in: synths, Neumann 184/105, Sm57/58/52, Audio Tech various¿¿¿ etc¿¿¿ Sound I'm happy with the low noise in this product. It is NOT "Warm" and doesn't add any sort of character to your sound, which is EXACTLY the reason why someone would buy a Mackie in the first place: for TRANSPARENCY. To say a desk is "warm" and "transparent" is an oxymoron; it doesn't make sense. These products definitely make sounds louder or quieter but we won't get a nice close-mic Jazz vocal sound out this desk. You cannot get a range of sounds out of this product. Predictably, for a low end IC, the sound is flat and quiet. This is expected and a valuable thing although not useful in a working studio that is building it's reputation on it's acoustic sound. The EQ's are fun and very good. You can do a mid-¿¿sweep and everything stays in phase, making it quick and easy to target problem areas however the bandwidth/Q is set (which is absolutely fine at this budget level).
Build: As soon as a Behringer box is opened, expect a couple of loose or sheared screws to appear. The buttons and faders feel very cheap and it's easy to flick or knock the resistance-less faders during mix so be careful when using this desk live. The desks are light and one medium sized roadie can carry the large console which is good. So far these products have been reliable but I have had 3 returns in a row with loose parts inside the product (this was 10 years ago). There have been many complaints about dead power supplys and this has not been addressed by Behringer, yet. I have yet to have a dead power supply problem.
General Comments
Hello reader. To give you context, i've been an audio engineer for 19 years and have enjoyed mixing with Manly, TLA, Metric Halo, PT HD, Pultec and Avalon but have also occasionally recommended Behringer to young musicians on an extremely tight budget and apart from some bad luck with 3 returned desks in a row, most people have had no trouble. An MX9000 has recently found it's way into our lives and we're happy to give advice on this useful bit of kit. However, you won't get my view from a budget engineers' prespective, here. ----------------- While the console is most definitely amazing value for money, the build and sound quality is NOT at all comparable to classic studio consoles in any way, that's almost offensive to suggest ;) Behringer are not known for build or sound quality they are well known for making music accessible musicians on a budget (and for copying Mackie quite well). You will NOT find a Behringer in a good recording studio or on the kit list of Bob Clearmountain or Daniel Lanois or on stage with NIN! The build feels cheap and the faders are awful to touch and too easy to knock around. The buttons and pots need to be tweaked a couple of times to get rid of 'crunchy bits' when most Behringer products are brand new (That's normal behavior of a new component). We are not competing with high end consoles as that would be¿¿¿silly¿¿¿but that said, the routing, amount of aux busses and the meterbridge are features that are normally found of products leagues above this one so I doff my cap to Behringer in this case. This is awesome value. Recommendations I highly recommend this console for small, budget studios in need of many pre amps, routing and mixing and definitely to musicians who may need a live desk or recording desk for their own use. I also highly recommend this desk for mixing synths although you can't dirty up the sound much with the EQ's¿¿¿ the desk is too quiet and transparent for that job. Well done Behringer! Given that most working studio's won't find their way to a Behringer review: I DO NOT recommend this for professional road engineers or professional recording studios who depend on producing a range of great recorded acoustic sounds or powering high end microphones. You may as well swap your vintage D18 for a ¿¿50 acoustic! I also do not recommend this for any audio engineering student as you can't emulate a range of high end sound with a low end desk and it's a lot of money to spend on something that's half the price of something far better. Have a good audio life, everyone, put some music into the world.
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