The Best Audio Mixers For Home Studios or Live Performances

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If you’re a musician, podcast host, or DJ, you’ve probably found yourself struggling with audio problems despite everything being set up right. That can be frustrating when you’re by yourself, and embarrassing if you’re performing at a live event. That’s why a trustworthy audio mixer is crucial. Whether you’re a musician performing live or a podcast host recording to a computer, Behringer audio mixers have been a trusted option for home studio use as well as small live events. We’ve rounded up 3 great Behringer audio mixers that offer different functionality to meet all of your unique audio needs.


1. Behringer Xenyx 802 Premium 8-Input Mixer

This mixer comes with 8 inputs, including ones that can be assigned for CD or tape recording. There are 2 mic preamps and an FX send control for each channel. Plus, all Xenyx mixers have high headroom (which prevents unwanted distortion) and warm-sounding EQs, or equalizers.

Pros: Compact, sturdy, works well for different needs including streaming, home audio recording, live events, and karaoke.

Cons: No on/off switch, some found that power cable was prone to unplugging.

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2. Behringer Xenyx 1202fx 12-input mixer

If you need multiple mic and instrument lines, this Behringer model comes with 4 mic preamps. The 1202fx has a built-in 24-bit Multi-FX processor, which comes with 100 effects. This allows you to add effects during a live recording or performance.

Pros: Users found it worked well with a variety of different instruments, including synths, keyboards, and violins.

Cons: Some found it was prone to overheating, and that it had a difficult power cable.

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3. Behringer Xenyx 502 Premium 5-Input 2-Bus Mixer

This is the most compact option, and is great if you only need one mic and a couple of other inputs. It still has most of the functionality of the other two options on this list, including assignable tape/CD inputs and high headroom.

Pros: Compact, works with phantom power mics.

Cons: No on/off switch, must be unplugged to turn off.

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