Using the Behringer Xenyx x1222USB Mixer to record to a DAW

  1. #1 by Chase Howlett on 02-20-2018
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    Using the Behringer Xenyx x1222USB Mixer to record to a DAW

    Before I consider buying a Behringer x1222, I did some research about it and a lot of people said that the USB-B output only allowed you to access the left and right main channels, not the individual channels. I want to be able to record drums, vocals, and guitar all through this Mixer so I definitely need access to each channel.

    For an example, lets say I use Reaper for a DAW. I want to be able to have all 12 channels as individual channel strips in Reaper, not a L/R main. Is it true that you can access each individual channel? If so, this mixer would be most ideal. Thanks
  2. #2 by Michael Lapke on 02-20-2018
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    Hi Chase, welcome to the forum!

    To answer your question - you will be able to record all your audio inputs using the X1222USB Mixer, but as you pointed out it will indeed only be a summed Stereo audio file instead of individual recorded tracks for each input. None of the XENYX Mixers have the ability to record individual tracks like you are asking, but a number of our UMC/FCA audio interface products do, as do our Digital Mixer solutions like X AIR and X32. Your application would be better suited with one of those products instead.

    Hope that helps, and please let us know if you have any other questions.

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  3. #3 by Mario Vano on 02-20-2018
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    Hi, don't mean to butt in, but:

    The Xenyx ufx1204 and ufx1604 record all of their 16 individual tracks via either firewire or USB 2.0 and do so quite nicely. As a bonus, they can also be used without a computer to record 16 tracks directly to a USB drive (with some limitations). They do, however cost more than some of the other Xenyx products...

    http://www.musictri.be/Categories/Be...FX1604/p/P0AB3

    I owned a ufx1204 for several years and got quite good results with it and various macbook pro notebooks using both usb and firewire. I liked it a lot.

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    - Michael Lapke wrote View Post
    Hi Chase, welcome to the forum!

    To answer your question - you will be able to record all your audio inputs using the X1222USB Mixer, but as you pointed out it will indeed only be a summed Stereo audio file instead of individual recorded tracks for each input. None of the XENYX Mixers have the ability to record individual tracks like you are asking, but a number of our UMC/FCA audio interface products do, as do our Digital Mixer solutions like X AIR and X32. Your application would be better suited with one of those products instead.

    Hope that helps, and please let us know if you have any other questions.
  4. #4 by Michael Lapke on 02-20-2018
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    You are absolutely right Mario. I completely forgot about the UFX series of mixers which do use XENYX Mic preamps, but those are the only two XENYX mixers that will be able to record multi-track audio files. All other XENYX mixers will record a stereo feed from the MAIN LR Outputs.

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  5. #5 by Benjamin Stephenson on 07-03-2018
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    Xenyx 1222USB Multitrack Recording

    I understand through this thread that the Xenyx 1222USB Interface is only capable of bringing together its 16 channels into one stereo channel digital to record into the DAW thus not allowing me to create multiple seperate tracks using the Mixing Board into the Computer. Is there a way to route it through an additional audio interface to achieve full functionality of these channels for Multitrack recording potential? I'm looking to record a band but with the ability to edit and alter the different instruments individually AFTER they have been recorded.
    Thank you for your help
  6. #6 by Michael Lapke on 07-03-2018
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    - Benjamin Stephenson wrote View Post
    I understand through this thread that the Xenyx 1222USB Interface is only capable of bringing together its 16 channels into one stereo channel digital to record into the DAW thus not allowing me to create multiple seperate tracks using the Mixing Board into the Computer. Is there a way to route it through an additional audio interface to achieve full functionality of these channels for Multitrack recording potential? I'm looking to record a band but with the ability to edit and alter the different instruments individually AFTER they have been recorded.
    Thank you for your help
    Hi Benjamin,

    Welcome to the forum! Unfortunately what you are asking is not going to be easily achieved using the X1222 mixers, as you mentioned multitrack recording of individual tracks isn't going to be possible with that mixer. You could use a separate interface but doing so would kind of negate the need to use your XENYX X1222 Mixer for recording purposes.

    As alternative options, you could either use a dedicated multi channel audio interface or another mixer that contains a built-in multitrack recording interface (like X AIR XR18 for example) as those have the ability to multi-track record individual channels to your DAW. Hope that helps answer your question.

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