Behringer XENYX CONTROL2USB hits stores, but do we need this update?
Behringer’s XENYX CONTROL2USB studio monitoring mixer is now in stores across the globe. But is the thing worth buying? It’s certainly a useful device, as the mixer becomes your studio’s command centre, distributing various signal sources to studio monitors and headphones. It does via its comprehensive stereo and mono inputs and outputs, along with extensive mixing functionality.
If you’re expecting updated tech, you could be disappointed though. It seems Behringer have taken a ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach, as the main update from the discontinued XENYX CONTROL1USB is the change of the name and its cosmetic appearance. The new model is available for $149.99 in the US. European and UK buyers can pick it up for €158 or £133.50.
Switch between headphones, monitors and subwoofer seamlessly with Behringer XENYX CONTROL2USB
The XENYX CONTROL2USB is designed for both professional and home studios. It allows you to switch between up to three sets of active studio monitors, two headphones, add or remove a subwoofer and also smaller monitors. The headphone outputs have separate volume controls. Mono, Mute and Dim controls are all laid out for easy access. All this is achieved while the mixer operates with
“ultra-low noise and high headroom”.
There are four stereo inputs which enable connection to a MP3 or CD player, drum machines, keyboards. Adding a turntable is also possible via the integrated RIAA preamp. The USB connectivity allows you to send and receive tracks to your computer and DAW, bringing together both analog and digital elements.
Integrated Talkback mic allows easy communication with performers
There’s a built-in Talkback mic, which enables direct communication with the performers. The mic can be activated by footswitch, leaving you to focus on the mix.
Behringer have taken aim at “inexpensive resistive faders” used in competitor’s products. Instead the XENYX CONTROL2USB’s huge volume knob uses Voltage Controlled Amplifier (VCA) tech for precise level adjustment. This is helps make minute adjustments quick and accurate. The levels are tracked with dual 12-segment LED meters with input/output source switch.