Hey cliff, would the Behringer MDX-4600work for me since I have a
condenser mic? I know you have a the Heil is dynamic. I was just
wondering would Behringer and your tutorial work for me. I also have a usb mixer.
Welcome to my equipment page. I think it is important to let you know that you could start podcasting with free software and as little as $35 spent on an inexpensive usb headset. This is actually how I started back in 2005. Full details can be found in my free Learn How To Podcast Tutorial. However, if you want to have a professional sound that puts the audio of your podcast among the top 3% of podcasts out there, then you should consider investing in professional equipment. I have created this page to showcase some of the gear that I most recommend to my consulting/coaching clients.
The only equipment I sell, currently, is what you will find listed in the two packages below. If you are looking to purchase individual items that I mention on this page, I’ll provide a B&H affiliate link in each item’s description. Please know that I do earn a commission for any B&H orders purchased within 24 hours of clicking through any of my affiliate links. I so appreciate the support of those who either order my equipment packages or use my affiliate links. Thank You!
Podcast Equipment Package
The Podcast Equipment Package Includes:
Roland R-05 Digital Recorder
Roland Recorder Power Adapter
FREE Digital Audio Recorder training tutorial included ($39 Value)
Free Inside The Studio Tutorial Tutorial included ($100 Value)
Heil PRSM-B Shock Mount
BSW RE320POP Fine Mesh Metal Screen Pop Filter
Heil PL2T Heady Duty Mic Boom Arm w/ C-Clamp
Mackie 1402-VLZ4 Mixer
Sony MDR-7506 Large Diaphragm Foldable Headphones
QTY 1 Standard XLR Mic Cable
QTY 1 2 RCA male plugs to 1/8″ Stereo plug Cable
QTY 1 1/8″ Stereo plug to 2 1/4″ Mono plugs Cable
Shipping Included! (Continental United States Only)
Heil PR-40 Podcast Microphone Equipment Package
Heil PR-40 Package as show above = $649 (Shipping Included) (Continental United States Only)
(Mic Flag Not Included)
I have created this quick video to show how to quickly setup your Heil Package:
Heil PR-40 Microphone – Affiliate Link
I’ve been a huge fan of Leo Leporte from way back in the ZDTV days. I had the honor of speaking with Leo personally early on into my podcasting career. At the time, I was in the market for my first major purchase in my equipment upgrade. I had explained to Leo that I had a few hundred dollars to spend toward upgrading my podcasting gear to a professional level and asked him where he would suggest I spend the money first. Without hesitation, Leo told me to immediately go out and get the Heil PR-40 microphone. (Note: Leo’s been in radio broadcasting for more than 30 years)
That’s exactly what I did. I was blown away by the amazing sound that comes out of the Heil PR-40. You may be shocked to learn that it is a dynamic microphone. Once my wife, Stephanie, heard the sound of my Heil PR40, she insisted that I purchase one for her as well.
I had sold so many Heil PR40 packages that I had got the attention of Bob Heil, who called me one day in June 2008, out of the blue. Have a listen to the interview I did with Bob Heil.
If you are considering the purchase of a Heil PR40, please have a look at my Heil PR40 package listed above. If you are looking for only the microphone, please consider using my Heil PR40 affiliate Link.
I encourage you to have a listen to episode 46 of the Podcast Answer Man to hear a side by side comparison of the Heil PR40 with several other microphones. I recorded that episode back in January 2008. My production values have improved a great deal since then. However, my Heil PR-40 is still going strong today. I’ve gone ahead and place that review in the audio play below.
Mackie 1402-VLZ4 Mixer – Affiliate Link
Often people will ask me what I recommend regarding a decent usb microphone for their podcasting efforts. My initial response is simply to tell them not to purchase a usb microphone. One major reason is that it limits you to recording straight into your computer. I find there are a number of issues with recording into your computer directly. However, this is an equipment list, not an audio recording tutorial page.
When I first chose to get an audio mixer, there were two main benefits that I was going for. First, I wanted to be able to record with as many as three or four people in a panel discussion. The second benefit that I was going for was being able to bring audio from multiple sources into the audio recording to reduce the amount of post production. I currently run audio from Skype and audio from sound clips into many of my live recordings. This leads me to the next benefit of having a mixer.
If your mixer has an “Aux Out” Channel, it allows you to do a mix-minus on the audio signal from any of the channels that you choose. A mix-minus is a particular setup where the output to a certain device contains everything except the input from that device. This prevents echoes or feedback from reverberating or howling and squealing through the system.
I also have another source of audio coming into my mixer for telephone calls, but I’ll talk more about that in a future piece of audio equipment. At one time, I was producing as many as 15-20 podcast episodes per week (Click Here To See My Episode Guide). I was able to do this because of all the software and equipment that I use, but it is the mixer that brings all this stuff together into one signal that can be recorded live without the need to go in and add anything thing in post production. I believe an audio mixer is an absolute must!
I do have a digital training tutorial called Inside The Studio. The tutorial walks you though each of the pieces of equipment that I have in my studio, why I use them, and how they are hooked up. The tutorial also includes my step by step podcast workflow from show prep to publishing to the web with little to no post-production required. You can purchase that tutorial here.
The mixer I use is pictured above. It is the Mackie 1402-VLZ4. I like this mixer because it has six XLR Mic inputs. It has two Aux Out ports. It also has a great deal of additional audio channel inputs as well as something called “Channel Inserts” that allows me to to bring also use external audio processing equipment. The reason I recommend this mixer to most of my consulting/coaching clients is due to the fact that this mixer allows me to bring in audio from all the sources I’ve mentioned above with still a little breathing room to grow. If you are considering the purchase of a Mackie 1402-VLZ4 mixer, please consider using my affiliate link.
Roland R-05 Digital Audio Recorder – Affiliate Link
If there was one piece of recording equipment that I could not live without, it is the Roland portable digital recorder. I cannot begin to tell you just how much this small device means to me. It is small enough to fit into your pocket and the audio quality that it records is simply amazing.
It is entirely possible that one could produce a podcast with this single piece of audio equipment. In fact, Podcast Answer Man episode 228 was recorded with nothing more than the Roland recorder to demonstrate this. I often take this recorder with me everywhere I go. It’s perfect for sound seeing tours with its two on board condenser mics which record in an unbelievable stereo sound that makes you feel as though you are right there with the person who is recording the sound seeing tour.
This recorder is also great for a face to face interview. I’ll often set the recorder on a desk or table between myself and the person I’m interviewing and record our interview without the need to lug any additional recording gear along with me. To hear an amazing sounding interview with a Roland digital audio recorder, please listen to Podcast Answer Man episode 136.
Most important to me, I use the Roland digital audio recorder for every single podcast episode that I record. Rather than using software on my computer that can crash to record my audio or deal with the noise and interference from the computer’s internal components, I take the audio output from my mixer and put in directly into the line in input of the Roland unit. This produces a crisp, clean, and clear recording every single time. No more hours spent trying to use audio editing software to reduce the noise table of my in-studio recordings.
I have a full training video that I did for the Roland Edirol R-09HR recorder, which has been discontinued. The Roland R-05 is the replacement of that recorder and is almost identical to the R-09HR. Everything from this tutorial, including the step by step processing of going through the menu system to set up the recorder, applies to the R-05. If you are interested, you can purchase my Roland Digital Audio Recorder Tutorial by clicking here.
The Roland R-05 can be purchase by using my affiliate link.
Sony MDR-7506 Headphones – Affiliate Link
For the past several years, I had been using Bose AE2 style headphones. When I was in NYC for BlogWorld & New Media Expo, I visited the SiriusXM studios. While in the studio, I noticed that they only used Sony MDR-7506 headphones. I was so pleased with the sound quality that I decided to order myself a pair so that I could compare them, side by side, with my Bose Headphones.
In Podcast Answer Man episode 269, I share my full thoughts on why I switched over to the MDR-7506 headphones.
Some folks have wondered why I would suggest wearing headphones while recording a podcast. While I have to admit, I do enjoy hearing myself talk, there is another reason that I believe everyone involved in the production of a podcast should wear headphones. That reason is that if anyone were to turn their head, even slightly, it could drastically drop the volume level of their audio, in the recording. Wearing headphones allows you to monitor the sound of what is being recording. When you get too far away from the microphone, you’ll hear the drop in audio volume in your headphones immediately.
The Sony MDR-7506 Headphones can be purchase by using my affiliate link.
Behringer HA4700 Headphone Amplifier – Affiliate Link
I often have an in studio guest/co-host for many of my podcasts. Originally, I was using a very inexpensive headphones splitter to allow me connect two pairs of headphones to my mixer. The only issue with this setup was that I like my audio a bit louder than my wife does.
The Behringer HA4700 Headphone Amplifier allows me to share the headphone signal with up to four people. The nice thing is that each of the four people get to adjust the volume level to their own preference. Most new podcasters will not need anything more than a simple headphone splitter. However, if you are recording with multiple people and you find that you need to have separate audio levels, then I highly suggest this piece of equipment.
The Behringer HA-4700 can be purchase by using my affiliate link.
Need 8 Headphones Jacks? Check out the Behringer HA-8000.
Behringer MDX-4600 Compressor/Limiter/Gate – Affiliate Link
The Behringer MDX-4600 is the only piece of equipment that I did not put to immediate use. I was immediately overwhelmed by trying to figure out how to set this unit properly. As someone who hates to read owner’s manuals, I simply allowed this to sit and gather dust for months.
When I finally learned how this one piece of equipment could eliminate 100% of the static in the background of my my telephone interviews from the JK Audio Broadcast Host, when my interviewee was not talking, as well as help keep my audio levels from peaking, and make my voice sound a little more “powerful,” I decided I would finally dig in and figure this thing out.
While there are many other Compressor/Limiter/Gate options out there. This is the only one that I’ve taken the time to learn out to set up. As a result, many of my clients have chosen to purchase this exact unit just so they can copy wiring setup as well as all my knob and button settings.
I had been hired so many times to help clients set up the Behringer MDX-4600, that I decided to create a tutorial to help set this up. If you would like to purchase this tutorial to walk you through the setup of the unit, please click here.
The Behringer MDX-4600 can be purchased by using my affiliate link.
Heil PL2T Heavy Duty Mic Arm – Affiliate Link
When you have as much equipment in your studio as we do, the last thing you want to do is try to find a clear space for a table top mic stand. We use the Heil PL2T microphone boom arm which allows us to bring the microphone right up to us and it simply hangs there, suspended in mid air.
Using a microphone boom arm also keeps us from the need to lean forward to stay in front of the microphone. When you are recording a podcast for an hour or more, you tend to appreciate the fact that you can sit back in your chair and bring the mic to you.
The Heil PL2T can be purchased by using my affiliate link.
Heil Shock mount PRSM-B for the Heil PR-40 Microphone – Affiliate Link
I can tell you that having a shock mount for your microphone is very important if you are using a table top mic stand or if your microphone is any way supported by something that vibrates or moves in any way shape or form during the recording of your show. Our microphone arms are mounted to the wall in our studio. However, we still find that we like to adjust the position of the mic arm as we record, from time to time, and it is less noticeable in our recordings since we added this shock mount.
The Heil SM2B can be purchased by using my affiliate link.
BSW RE320POP Fine Mesh Metal Screen Pop Filter
This pop-filter has been designed and manufactured by BSW and was made to fit the Electro-Voice RE320. However, this filter works wonderfully with the Heil PR-40 microphone as you can see shown in the image here.
You simply MUST have a pop-filter of some sort in front of your microphone if you want decent sound without all the popping of your “p’s.” You can find less expensive pop filters out there, but I can attest to the fact that they are big, heavy, clumsy and they simply get in your way. I absolutely love the fine mesh metal screen and the low profile that this pop filter offers.
I do not have an affiliate relationship with BSW. The only way that I sell these is through my equipment package above. You could purchase this screen filter directly through BSW using this link. (Note: Not an affiliate link)
More To Come!
Please know that I still have so many items that I have not yet had time to add this this page. I hope that my site will become a regular stop for you. Please be sure to come back and check out this page to see if any new items have been added.
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Hey cliff, would the Behringer MDX-4600work for me since I have a
condenser mic? I know you have a the Heil is dynamic. I was just
wondering would Behringer and your tutorial work for me. I also have a usb mixer.
Hi Cliff, I'm going to be using an iPad Air to run a program like Bossjock for most of my podcasting moving forward. I have an extra Heil mic arm. What attachment would you suggest for mounting my iPad Air to it?
Peter, I suspect you are directing your question to one of the experts, but I started with the same question and am getting the clear sense that simultaneous recording of multiple separate tracks requires more specialized and expensive equipment. Even many so-called multi-track recorders seem to only be able to record two channels at a time but they can be played back and allow for additional tracks to be layered on top of the original two tracks.
If you're recording straight out of the mixer into the Roland Audio Recorder I assume that means you can't record each input as a separate track to give more options in editing, is that right?
I am inspired to start my podcast in New Zealand. I want to purchase your gear but it is only available in the US for shipping. Can I get it in NZ?
Hi. Thanks for your amazing information. I am about to launch my podcast series. I currently have a Roland R-05 (and the amazing training you provided) and a Blue Yeti. When upgrading on a limited budget, would you recommend investing next in: 1) the Mackie mixer and waiting to invest in a Heil PR-40, or 2) getting the Heil PR-40 with a less expensive Mackie 402VLZ4 4 channel mixer? Where is the next investment best placed - mixer or upgraded microphone? And if ordering through B&H, do we use the affiliate link provided elsewhere in the comments to get you credit?
Is there any benefit (or is it even viable) to use Bose QC2 in-ear noice cancelling earbuds in place of over-the-ear headphones?
HI Cliff, I am running a show with a co-host over skype or google hangout. Do we both need the full package with mixer?
I bought the Podcast Answerman equipment package from you about 2 months ago. I also purchased the Behringer MDX-4600 Compressor/Limiter/Gate also. I finally got everything set up and began running some test recordings.
I am having a problem: there is a lot of hissing and the sound of a fan in the mixer itself that records into the Roland digital recorder. Do I need to tweak some settings somewhere.
I have played with all the controls on the mixer, trying to isolate where the noise is coming from but so far no luck.
Can you tell me what to do?
I typically record 4 people at a time on my podcast and wanted to know any knowledge you have about recording separate tracks I see below you don't do it yourself but wondered if you knew of any 4 (XLR inputs) mixers or audio interfaces that do it over usb? I'm only able to spend about £100/$160ish.
I really want to be able to split the audio I could do separate stereo channels but for the 4 of us that won't really work too well.
Love, love, love your show! I'm breaking down to get a mixer. I've settled on a Mackie after reading the reputation but was hoping to do something a little less expensive. I would REALLY like to do Skype with it. Do you know if the Mackie ProFx8 is a good compromise? I probably won't need the full 14 channels that your affiliate board has and thought I'd save the $150 for other stuff (like your Skype tutorial!). I envision up to 4 people on mic locally, and then I'd like to add in one participant via Skype connected to my laptop. What are your thoughts? BH link for it: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/570322-REG/Mackie_PROFX8_ProFX_8_8_Channel_Desktop.html
I'm going to do the Skype tutorial you have, but wanted to get the mixer ordered and on the way sooner than that.
Firstly let me say thank you for all the great content you put out. I found you through Platform University and the content there has been invaluable.
I've decided I'm going to get a Mackie Mixer for my podcast (if I was US based I'd be ordering from you) and I was wonder if there is the possibility to record multiple tracks for later editing from the Mackies or do you need a Firewire/USB mixer? This isn't that important, but I was curious.
Greetings! I'm a veteran radio guy researching setting up a studo for both podcasting and voiceover work. I like the package above, but would like to add one or two more mikes to the setup as well as like number of headphones. Also, a laptop/computer for production/assembling a pre-recorded podcast, I'm not seeing it in the mix. Please enlighten me.
Thanks for the information. Just one single question to make up my mind and take my decision.
I am picking up the mixer, after dozens of goggling reviews and YouTubes I've ended up comparing two mixers in particular:-
1) Mackie 1642 VLZ4.
2) Behringer Zynex x2442USB.
So please may you just pickup a one for me (money is not a factor) regarding the features and the quality?
Hey cliff, an interview I recorded, the .wav file is bad? Every file before and after is fine. Is there a way to split the 1/8th in output to record on the Sd card as well as directly into audition on a second computer? Them I'll have the Sd card as a back up. It's really embarrassing to call my guest and ask to redo the interview.
The Roland recorder is fine and the cards are file. I'm just trying to prevent this from happening again.
@BernardAnderson I just answered a question about how to hook up a the MDX-4600 in this week's episode of Podcast Answer Man (episode 375). I'm going to provide a link directly to 17 minutes and 13 seconds into that episode. It should help you understand who this works.
After watching that portion of that episode, I can now tell you that it doesn't matter if your mic is condenser or not as you will either need to plug your mic into the mixer with a pre-amp or a standalone pre-amp either way. Also, it doesn't matter if your mixer has a usb interface or not. What matters is whether or not your mixer has an INSERT PORT.
@JosephHarney The answer would be the shortest length that would give you enough reach to go from the mixer to the microphone. This will be different for each person. If you get a 6ft cable, your mic will need to be closer to the mixer than if you had a 15ft or 25ft cable.
@PeterGambrill With a Roland R-05 recorder, I do have the ability to bring my microphone audio into the left channel only of the recorder and let's say that Skype audio from an interviewee into the right channel of the recorder. I could then, in editing software, split that recording into two mono track recordings and do separate editing on them.
I don't, however, do this. I record all my audio into my recorder in a single stereo track. This includes my mic audio, my in studio co-host's mic audio, audio clips, and even an occasional skyped in guest or interviewee.
What I do is make sure that all the audio levels are right before I even hit the record button. I then choose to go along with whatever gets recorded into the recording.
One time, in my old studio, a light literally fell from my ceiling and almost crashed down onto me. However, it stopped just before crashing into my head as the result of the entire fixture being caught and dangling from the two electrical wires from the ceiling.
I don't recall what episode that was. However, I left the whole situation in the episode. I like to "keep it real." I make it a goal to do very little editing and NONE if at all possible.
There are some mixers out there that would allow you to send multiple channels of audio into a computer through a firewire (or maybe a usb) connection. There are some mixers that actually have multi-track recorders built into the mixer itself (Like 4 or even 8 channels).
Anyway, I hope that this response helps answer your question.
@blakelap hey man we just brought a used Canon XL1 ($375). Any handheld cam that will plug into a laptop live is good. Problem is... there aren't many. We broadcast a kickball game live once a week and use a cell phone camera to broadcast the feed to my computer I then apply graphics with a program and mix it with the sound which is then encoded all together to create the live feed. So get creative if you're on a budget. This is what it looks like. You can contact me there if you have anymore questions.
Rio Sports - Sun City Kickball Turf Wars! Game 7 …: http://youtu.be/w036gHcEXv4
@blakelap I focus on audio podcasts. I have limited experience with cameras.
@healthalkaline No, they don't as most people do not need them.
@KAOlson Do not get a Mackie 402VLZ4 mixer. It does not have an Aux Out and therefore can't do a mix minus. The Mackie 802-VLZ4 mixer would be an okay mixer to get.
You could go PR-40 straight into the R-05 with a cable like http://gspn.tv/xvm105 However, you would be better served by getting the mixer and the PR-40 at the same time to benefit from the really nice pre-amp in the 802-VLZ4 or higher line of mixers.
My recommendation. Wait till you can get both. It will be worth it.
You can use any of my affiliate links anywhere for B&H and it will give me credit for anything purchased within 24 hours. Or you can just use http://gspn.tv/bh
@JasonJerzewski No. In fact, just to be clear, the full package above isn't something that is "required." However, to record Skype co-hosted shows like I do, you could have the Full Package on your end and you would do all the recording into your digital audio recorder.
Then, your co-host, on the other end, simply needs a microphone to plug into his computer. Your co-host could either go with a simple mic like the one found at http://gspn.tv/amazonatr2100. Or if your co-host also wants that Heil Sound, they could get a Heil package and use something like the http://gspn.tv/x2u to connect the heil to the computer.
@SiouJhen Yang Annie, I do not ship outside the United States. So sorry about that. Many of my Canadian friends tell me that they have been served well by http://www.long-mcquade.com. (I have no affiliate relationship with them). Also, I believe that B&H Photo does ship to Canada. I do have an affiliate relationship with them. My affiliate link is http://gspn.tv/bh
As for the sound of a fan in the mixer itself, I've never heard of such a thing. I wasn't aware of any fan being inside of there. Since the mixer is more than 30 days old, my supplier would want me to refer you to Mackie Support for that.
The good news is that Mackie support is AMAZING! If you need a copy of your paid receipt, please just email me at Cliff@PodcastAnswerMan.com and I'll get you a copy.
@callummahoney Recording to separate tracks is not something I do. I know the benefits of doing so. With a standard mixer, panel audio into either the left channel or right channel and record into two separate tracks this way.
I'm not sure if Mackie masks a firewire / usb multi-channel mixer. I'm sure that if you were to call their sales / support department, they could help you with this.
@JuniusStone I only sell the two packages as shown above. The Heil Package is for those who want to add extra mics to the full package listed above it (or those who just want to get the Heil with it's additional components).
Links to headphones and even a Headphone Amplifier are included above if you choose to purchase those items and are looking for the type that I use.
As for a computer, just about any computer will do the job.
@WuxiIxuw I'd have to disagree with Cliff on this. Mackie's are amazing! Behringer however, as cheap as it may be has taken the digital sound world by surprise. While at the small level the Behringer mixer may not match up to a Mackie, at the large level, the new Behringer X32 far surpasses any other live mixing unit I have ever seen.
That being said for a beginner a Behringer might be a solid choice. I have used both and for the price my old 6 channel Behringer is still alive and kicking after years of abuse. Now if price is not an issue definitely go with the Mackie. But Cheap knock off is a little harsh, especially when it is being used for a podcast. Unless you plan on recording bands and mixing for live sound in front of an audience. If you're doing that well then you wouldn't be visiting this website.
The best way I can explain it is Behringer is to Mackie as Android is to Apple. While Mackie makes very expensive solid products it doesn't mean that the cheaper brand and competitor can't make a quality product. It gives people out there an option to at least do something they are passionate about with a smaller billfold.
@WuxiIxuw Mackie builds a much better mixer. Behringer mixers are a cheap knockoff of the Mackie brand.
@gavin welch So sorry to hear that hear you had lost an interview. It is possible to use Male RCA to 2 Female RCA Y Cables to split the audio from TAPE OUT on the mixer to send to both the line input of your computer and the Line Input of the recorder.
I wouldn't import something from B&H. I tried to buy a 5 dollar 35mm roll of film and with the importing fee it added up to a total of 250 dollars without shipping expenses. I'm not bashing them, they're awesome for people who live in the US, but Cliff I think you should find a way for your international fans to support you by buying your podcast equipment pack. Keep up the great work.
@Cliff Ravenscraft @johnolsonlive Cliff, as it turns out the hissing was coming from my computer. I was using my computer to supply the power to the Roland recorder. I had the USB connection in to the computer and the power supply plugged in to my Roland. Once I plugged the Roland in to an outlet the hissing stopped. I still bought a Pyle and will keep it for the Skype Connection as a precaution.
@Cliff Ravenscraft thanks Cliff.
It's not certainly anything I need to concern myself with too much and I'd rather get a quality mixer overall. I just like the idea of being able to play with skype recordings separately from my direct input.
Do you happen to know if you pan L and R, is there any loss of recording quality?
In 2009, a majority of my week, every week of the year, was spent selling podcast equipment. (Note: Today, I only sell what you see on this page) I would say that I was having my supplier shipping approximately 5 to 15 Behringer mixers a week. At the time, my time spent on customer services issues on these mixers was EXTREMELY HIGH!
I had clients who were dealing with massive interference sounds coming through the mixer. These Behringer mixers simply are not shielded as well as Mackie and other branded mixers.
I had mixers that came with channels that were DOA (Dead on Arrival). If I had to guess, I had to do a replacement (only offered within 1st 30 days - after that, you have to deal with Behringer) on approximately 5 out of every 100 mixers that were shipped to my clients. I just thought that this was normal at the time.
Static noise in the volume control after about 12 to 18 months (Sometimes sooner). It was very common for a Behringer mixer to start to generate a static noise whenever adjusting the volume control up or down. This happened quicker on the mixers with knob volume controls than it did on the sliders. However, I noticed that it did, often, happen on the Behringer mixers with sliders as well.
I had a Behringer mixer in my own studio. After two years of use, the headphones jack had one channel that quit working. I could only hear audio in the left ear in my headphones. Everything else seemed to be fine with the mixer. However, this was frustrating so I replaced the mixer with a new one.
It just so happened happened that Behringer had a FULL RUN on their production line with mixers that came DOA. Now, this could happen to anyone. And this does not figure into the what I shared in problem #3 listed above. However, when I ordered my replacement Behringer mixer, I was the sixth person in a row that my supplier had shipped this mixer to that had a DOA mixer.
For two months, my supplier had to pull out every mixer and manually check each one to make sure that they worked before shipping them out. It was cheaper for them to do this than it was to pay for all that shipping and customer service time spent replacing all the defective ones.
My sales rep with my supplier, who has been in this business for more than 35 years, begged me to try a Mackie mixer instead. He is the one who told me that these Behringer mixers are a cheap knockoffs of the Mackie Mixers.
I saw the price difference and I was taken aback bit. Thankfully, I was at the place where I could afford it. I simply took him at his word that the Mackie mixers would be worth the extra cost.
I'll never forget the day I brought that mixer out of the box. While the Mackie 1402 is about the same in every dimension as the Behringer 1222FX-PRO mixer that I had previously, it seemed like it was about four times heavier.
My sales rep told me... "I wouldn't recommend that you try it, but he said that you could stand on top of the mixer with your shoes on and the knobs and sliders won't break. However, if you were to do the same to the Behringer mixer, you would crush every component in the Behringer mixer." (NOTE: I do not recommend trying this)
From that moment on, I vowed that I would never sell another Behringer 1204 or 1222FX mixer again.
PLEASE NOTE: I do think the build quality of the Behringer 802 and the Behringer 1002 mixers is MUCH BETTER than the 1204 and the 122FX mixers. This is why, Benjamin, your six channel mixer is still alive and kicking after his years of abuse. I bet you would be singing a different tune if you had either the Behringer 1204 or 122FX mixers.
I still do not recommend the Behringer 802 or the 1002 mixers because A) they do not have any insert ports and B) I now only sell gear that I would personally use myself.
So let's get back to the question above..... Wuxi had spent a lot of time googling for reviews between a Mackie 1642-VLZ4 and a Behringer XENYX QX2442USB.
Notice that the question included "MONEY IS NOT A FACTOR" and that the request was which one was better regarding features and quality.
This is how I came to my decision to recommend the Mackie over the Behringer.
Had the question been "I'm trying to get one of these mixers but I'm on a really tight budget," I would have probably said that if you can afford the Behringer now but it would take a long time before you could afford the Mackie, then you could get the Behringer and it will likely work well for you for approximately two to four years (maybe more). However, the Mackie mixer you are looking at is definitely a much higher quality mixer than the Behringer mixer you are looking at.
- The Behringer 1222fx PRO and smaller mixers
- The Behringer HPS300 Studio Headphones
- The Behringer MDX-4600 Compressor/Limiter/Gate
- The Behringer Headphone Amps (4 channel & 8 channel)
I can tell you, from personal experience, that the Behringer mixers (at least the 1222fx and 1204) and the MDX-4600 units are simply not built to last. I've sold over a half million dollars in podcast equipment since 2008 and I started out with the Behringer product line.
When I started out in podcasting, I could barely afford the Behringer mixers.
My equipment packages have always been based upon people wanting to purchase the same equipment that I am currently using. Back then, I was using a lot of Behringer Gear and so I was selling a lot of Behringer gear.
There were a few problems that I found myself running into....
When I got to the point where I wanted to add audio processing gear to my mix, I found that it was no problem for me as I had channel inserts on my Behringer 1222fx pro mixer. Channel inserts allow you to run audio out of the mixer, through the processing gear, and then back through the mixer with a single cable.
The problem is that when I added the MDX-4600 C/L/G to my setup, a LOT of my clients wanted to add this to their setup as well. The problem is that many of clients had told me that they didn't need a 12 channel mixer when they purchased their gear, so they went with a Behringer 1204, 1022, or 802 mixer. NONE OF THESE MIXERS HAVE ANY CHANEL INSERT PORTS! However, the Mackie 802, 1202 and 1402 all have have at least two channel inserts.
My Behringer MDX-4600 was given to me as a gift many years ago. When I finally got it out of the box and figured out the benefit of having a "GATE" in my setup, I fell in love! Sure, this could be done in post production. However, at the time, I was producing 7 to 15 podcast episodes each week. I wanted to avoid as much post production as possible.
Now here's the thing. The Behringer MDX 4600 is very cheap at $149. Fresh out of the box, it does it's job well. However, even sitting in a studio rack, WITH NOTHING TOUCHING IT AT ALL, I'm already on my THIRD MDX-4600 unit.
People often ask me why I don't include this piece of equipment in my package found on this page. This is that reason! I'm at a place where replacing the gate at $149 every two to three years isn't so bad. I already have a firm understanding of how this unit works, where to turn all the numbers, what buttons should be pushed in, etc.
However, it has become abundantly clear to me that the Behringer MDX-4600 is about the same build quality as the Behringer 1204 and 1222FX mixers.
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@gavin welch However, if you are recording Skype, you could run into a feedback issue where the Skype audio is sent back to the caller. For this, I would try a MIX-Minus. Or, you could use software like http://gspn.tv/callrecorder (Mac) or http://gspn.tv/pamela (PC) to record on the computer without any more cables required.
@Mike Brookston I appreciate the feedback. From 2008 through 2009, I did offer international shipping. I ended up losing money and countless hours more than 80% of the orders that were shipped outside of the United States due to import taxes and various other regulations.
I had almost decided to abandon all equipment sales as a result. Instead, I decide to stop shipping any equipment outside of the Continental United States. Since then, I've not had any issues at all.
It's not B&H and it's not me. It's the import fees and taxes that create the issues that you are facing.
Sorry I am not of more assistance to you.
@johnolsonlive Thank you for the update. That makes a lot of sense. When i sell the R-05 in my package, I always include a USB wall plug. I'll try to make it more of a point to tell those who buy my package to no power the recorder via the computer's usb port.
So glad you got things worked out.
@callummahoney The only loss would be that of any "stereo signal" that may be brought into one of the channels of the mixer. Like if you were playing stereo music into a set of channels on the mixer and then panned it all to the left or to the right.
@JuniusStone I use the TAPE OUT ports on the mixer and use the CMR-210 cable, included in the package, to go into the 1/8" audio input of the computer.
No problem Cliff, every government can be too greedy there's nothing we can do. I was just sharing my experience and advising others not to do the same, in that instance I was clever enough to contact b&h before putting the product in my basket, don't know if others would be that cautious.