Behringer Xenyx Q502USB Mixer
5-input, 2-bus Analog Mixer with 2-band EQ and USB Audio Interface
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Tiny, Value-packed Mixer with USB
We’re seeing a trend towards mixers with onboard audio interfaces – here’s a tiny, value-packed one from Behringer. The Xenyx Q502USB is a 5-input (1 mic/line, 2 stereo line), 2-bus analog mixer with a Xenyx mic preamp and compressor, a British-style 2-band EQ, and a USB audio interface. 2-track and USB inputs are assignable to the main mix or the phones output. On the output side, the Behringer Xenyx Q502USB gives you mains, plus headphones and 2-track outs, while the USB port lets you plug right into your computer for recording.
- Ultra-compact, low-noise, high-headroom analog mixer
- One Xenyx mic preamp comparable to stand-alone preamps
- Compressor features super-easy “one-knob” functionality and control
- Built-in stereo USB audio interface to connect directly to your computer
- Neo-classic “British” 2-band EQ for warm and musical sound
- Main mix outputs, plus phones and 2-track outputs
- 2-track and USB inputs assignable to main mix or phones output
- Free software, downloadable at behringer.com:
- Audio recording, editing, and podcasting software
- 150 instrument/effect plug-ins
- High-quality components and rugged construction ensure long life
The ultra-compact XENYX Q502USB mixer’s 5 Inputs (1 mic, 2 stereo) allow you to effortlessly achieve premium- quality sound, thanks to its onboard studio-grade XENYX Mic Preamp and ultra-musical “British” channel EQ. And our easy-to-use “one-knob” compressor provides total dynamic control for the ultimate in punch and clarity, while respecting all the power and emotion you pack into every note. Add to this, the sweet forgiveness of our British-style EQ and superb ease of use – and the Q502USB becomes an incredibly versatile mixer for your live performances. But the XENYX Q502USB isn’t just designed to handle your live gigs; it also provides the state-of-the-art tools you need to make stunning, professional-quality recordings. Along with its built-in USB/audio interface, the Q502USB mixer comes with all the recording and editing software needed to turn your computer system into your own personal high-performance home recording studio.
Sonically Superior Mic Preamps
The XENYX Q502USB gets its name from our legendary, high headroom XENYX mic preamps, which have been praised by audio engineers all over the world. These state-of-the-art mic pres represent a major step in the evolution of audio technology – and they can easily hold their own, even when compared to the most expensive stand-alone mic preamps. XENYX preamps offer a staggering 130 dB of dynamic range, with a bandwidth that extends from below 10 Hz to well above 200 kHz. Armed with these outstanding mic preamps, the XENYX Q502USB provides such transparent, crystal- clear performance you just might think someone upgraded your mics while you weren’t looking.
Studio-Quality Compressor – Stairway to Heaven
Ask professional sound engineers what their favorite piece of external processing gear is and the majority response will be virtually unanimous – dynamic compression. What is compression? We’re glad you asked. Compression essentially limits the dynamic range of a signal, lowering the level of loud sounds and turning up softer sounds, to achieve sonic balance. But applying compression is a delicate art that many novice, and even intermediate, sound techs find challenging. Our “one-knob” compression is available on all mono channels and is easy to operate, even for entry-level users. With this one knob, you can easily dial in the perfect amount of compression for instruments and vocals, creating powerful mixes with punch and clarity. This is indeed a rare feature for products in this class – but standard on the XENYX Q502USB mixer.
Sublimely Musical British EQ
The British consoles of the 1960s and ‘70s changed the sound of rock and roll – without them the British Invasion might not have happened. Those legendary mixing desks soon became the envy of engineers and producers all over the world. The channel EQ on your XENYX Q502USB mixer is based on that very same circuitry, allowing you to imbue signals with incredible warmth and detailed musical character. Even when applied generously, these equalizers exhibit sweet forgiveness and superb audio quality.
Ins & Outs
The 5-input, 2-bus XENYX Q502USB can accommodate either a dynamic or condenser microphone. The 2-band British EQ is famous for its warm, musical sound. Play music between sets via the 2-Track Inputs (main mix or control room/phones assignable) and record your performance to an outboard recording device via the RCA outputs.
Small is Beautiful
Weighing in at a mere 1.3 pounds (0.6 kg), the XENYX Q502USB is the portable, practical way to turn a speech or scaled-down performance into a sound to behold. Schools, meeting rooms, restaurants and songsmiths the world over agree this mighty mite is a high-fidelity lifesaver.
There was a time when the recording process called for lots and lots of expensive gear, which meant the average musician had to buy time at a recording studio – and that time was pricey indeed. But modern technology has put personal recording well within the reach of virtually anyone with access to a computer. How do you get all that music flying around your brain into your computer? That’s where the XENYX Q502USB comes in. Thanks to the built-in, bi-directional stereo USB audio interface, you can connect your Q502USB directly to your PC or Mac computer via a single USB cable. Now any signal source you connect to the mixer can be recorded directly to your hard drive. Which brings us to software…
Free Software Would Be Nice!
Because you’ll want to take full advantage of the XENYX Q502USB’s recording and podcasting potential, we’ve included all the software you’ll need for audio recording, editing and even podcasting – all free of charge and downloadable from behringer.com. You’ll be ready to go live on your PC or Mac right out of the box! We’ve also provided a free download of more than 150 virtual instruments and FX plug-ins – turning your computer into a powerful home-based or mobile recording studio from input to output.
No matter what your audio mixing needs, the XENYX Q502USB provides the performance and features that can take your talent to the next level, at a price sure to amaze you. Professional sound quality, our legendary XENYX mic preamp with our “one-knob” compressor and available Phantom Power, British-style EQ and rugged reliability make XENYX Q502USB ideal for both your live gigs and recording. Try one on today – we have one available in your size!
- Type: Analog
- Channels: 5 (1 x single channel, 2 x stereo paired channels)
- Computer Connectivity: USB (2 x 2)
- Inputs – Mic Preamps: 1 x XLR
- Phantom Power: 1 (15V)
- Inputs – Line: 1 x 1/4″ (line in), 4 x 1/4″ (left, right/mono paired inputs)
- Inputs – Other: 2 x RCA
- Outputs – Main: 2 x 1/4″
- Outputs – Other: 2 x RCA
- Aux Sends: 1 x Post
- Busses/Groups: 2 x Bus
- Headphones: 1 x 1/4″
- USB: 1 x Type B
- EQ Bands: 2-band
- Height: 1.8″
- Width: 5.4″
- Depth: 7.2″
- Weight: 1.3 lbs.