I woke up one morning and had a stroke of inspiration as I entered my dark studio. I turned on my HTC Thunderbolt's flashlight, set it atop my mixer, and took this photo with my iPad.
Yes, I was that guy who photographed with his iPad. And I would feel stupid for doing it in public.
I started podcasting with a Behringer 1204 USB (very similar to the current X1204USB). That mixer was affordable (about $150) and met my needs very well.
But then I bought a Behringer MDX4600 compressor/limiter/gate, which I learned needed inserts. The 1204 USB didn't have inserts.
So it was time to upgrade.
After plenty of research, I found that Behringer's X1832USB was affordable (around $230 with a coupon I had back then) and met my growing needs:
- four-channel output—very important for my style of mixing,
- inserts on the first six channels—four of which plug into my MDX4600,
- a built-in simple compressor for those first six channels—when I'm not using the MDX4600,
- effects processing,
- graphic EQ,
- and lots of extra knobs, buttons, and connections.
When I bought this mixer, I only consistently had one podcast cohost with an occasional Skype guest. But now our Once Upon a Time podcast has four cohosts, occasional call-ins, and a need for an upcoming fifth mic for an event.
The X1832USB has grown well with me, and there hasn't been any kind of mixing combination it can't do.
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