The morning mixer [daily podcasting photo, day 1]

Behringer X1832USB mixer in the morning

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.

This is my podcasting mixer, a Behringer Xenyx X1832USB ($303 on Amazon.com). I love this mixer.

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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About the Author
As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis gives you the guts and teaches you the tools to launch and improve your own podcasts for sharing your passions and finding success. Daniel creates resources for podcasters, such as the SEO for Podcasters and Zoom H6 for Podcasters courses, the Social Subscribe & Follow Icons plugin for WordPress, the My Podcast Reviews global-review aggregator, and the Podcasters' Society membership for podcasters. As a recognized authority and influencer in the podcasting industry, Daniel speaks on podcasting and hosts his own podcast about how to podcast. Daniel's other podcasts, a clean-comedy podcast, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC's hit drama Once Upon a Time, have also been nominated for multiple awards. Daniel and his son live near Cincinnati.

1 comment on “The morning mixer [daily podcasting photo, day 1]

  1. Mohamed Gad Allah Basheer says:

    I’ve got the same insert problem with my QX1204USB mixer, so I am planning to upgrade.
    I’ve got:-
    1- QX1204USB mixer zynex.
    2- MIC2200
    3- MDx4600.
    4- SX3040.
    I am glad that tried it as I trust your experience a lot 🙂 so I can get it with trust 🙂

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