I'm always a little hesitant to buy Behringer gear, mostly because I've heard a lot of grumbling about quality. Maybe I'm just lucky, but so far I'm 3 for 3 in having quality pieces of reliable gear from Behringer, including the X1832USB. Here's my scenario; home studio/rehearsal space (about 18' x 16') in my basement built with the goal of having fellow musicians over to play, just bringing their instrument and nothing else. I have 2 Line6 guitar amps, a Line6 LowDown bass amp, VDrums kit through a Roland PM-30 amp, 88 Key MIDI controller, and 3 microphones. I record into a Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 with a Presonus BlueTube Stereo preamp into an iPad running Auria and a host of MIDI programs connected via AudioBus. The PA for vocals is a Fender Passport 150. This setup is great for rehearsing, great for studio tracking, but not so flexible for recording live jams with the ability to send each signal to it's own track. Enter the XENYX X1832USB Mixer. With the routing capabilities on this Mixer, I'm sending the direct inputs from both guitar amps and all 3 vocals, splitting them up into 4 individual outputs (mic1, mics2-3, guitar1, guitar2) then into the Scarlett for recording. I also route a sub-mix containing only the guitars into the Roland PM-30 to give the guitars more bottom end when coming through . With this setup and directly routing the remainder of the sources directly into the Scarlett, I can now get 8 separate track recording a live jam. I also split a specific sub-mix into the Roland PM-30 to give some more low end to the Passport PA. The effects engine built-in to the mixer is impressive. The reverb I'm using for the live vocals is studio-quality and the mic preamps are exceptionally quiet. Another cool feature is the "vocalizer", which removed the vocal track when playing songs through the stereo RCA inputs. This is extremely useful when learning a new cover song. Just play the song from whatever source, hit the button, and you head the instruments playing. Pretty cool for rehearsals. All in all...this mixer has exceeded expectations as I'm using pretty much every possible feature in some way. If the USB recording was more than just a stereo mix, I could bypass the Scarlett altogether, but for the price, I don't think that's much of an issue. The flexibility of this mixer has been greatly appreciated and extremely useful. Highly recommended.
King of Prussia, PA