Behringer battery mixer

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Joined: Mar 8 2007

Anyone used one of these?
Possibly looks like a very low cost location mixer that runs on batteries, Ok I know behringer will never match an SQN or sound devices but it may be worth a look for budget drama/indie production.

Got one on its way so will report my findings soon:

Joined: May 26 1999

I can't comment on that model and never used one like that for audio capture in the field, but it should be pretty good Gary.

I have three different Behringer mixers and at their price-point I think they're unbeatable. I used to use one very similar to that in the gallery for tweaking the final output levels on a live TV show I directed and it never let us down and was very quiet. We preferred ones without sliders in that case though as sliders are easier to knock by accident.

I have a 32-channel 4-bus model in my music studio for mastering soundtracks and I use it for occasional OB work when we need a lot of mics and I think it's brilliant; the pre-amps are superb for a mixer costing under £500. Sure they're not comparable to some of the more expensive well known kit, but that get my vote every time for the cost versus performance argument. Enjoy... :D

Nigel Longman
Joined: Apr 28 1999
Got one and I'm happy


I bought one of these mixers almost on impulse when I saw one in a Tott Crt Road shop for £99 some 5 years ago. I identified the battery power option (2 off PP3 IIRK) as a valuable feature should I ever need to use it away from a power source, although to date the need has never arisen.

The mixer has a very satisfying 'feel' to it. It is solidly built and the sliders and rotary contols have a smooth quality feel to them. The mixer has been used in a non-professional but critical environment with completely satisfactory results. The pots have exhibited no noise and the noise floor and sensitivity of of the electronics has never been a problem when used with either Sennheiser ME66 type mics or at line level via the jacks. The fact that ac power is supplied from a wall wart means that any troublesome hum field from the mains can be kept at a healthy distance from the unit. The only downside is the level meter, which with only 5 LEDs per channel can only be described as a useful guide rather than a serious intrument.

I'm sure that you'll be happy with it, especially considering the cost/feature ratio. It'll be interesting to see what you think of it when you cast your professional eye over it.

Regards NL

Joined: Mar 8 2007

Thanks Guys it is good to hear positive reports, I have been lucky to use the most expensive kit known to man over the past 29 years but now I like to offer advice and soloutions to people who dont have the financial backing of big companies.

Ok there will always be a compromise somewhere but it is good to see that you can get good results from semi pro kit if it is used correctly.

Appreciate the meters wont be good but I can set a reference by feeding tone from the camera into it and setting a fixed known level on the meters.

If this is OK for most uses I may replace the sign 44 mixer I have as it has aux sends which are more useful for feeds etc, it also has a tape input and output which is ideal to feed the sony D50 I have.

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Joined: Sep 5 2000


I too have this mixer. I purchased it for the college after staff and students commented that have a portable audio mixer would really make life a lot easier.

Well 2 years on I'm the only person to have used it!!!!

For the price it a very good piece of kit. Go for it.


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