"The perfect board for the home studio, with perfect flexibility!"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
The sound is pretty good, with nice headroom compared to other Behringer products. Quality is good, without additional noise, etc. When using this, I would highly recommend learning the function of the 'Solo' for setting input gain, etc. I found out the hard way that my sound guy did not know the true function of this useful tool, and Behringer makes it really nice on this board! I gave this an 8 because I'm still not 100% thrilled with the effects send sound...
Direct outs on EVERY channel, that in itself gives this a 10. I absolutely love the individual phantom power switches for each channel, no more warm mics, and worrying about them! The talkback mic, and all it's routing flexibility are totally awesome.
Ease of Use:
It's a very intuitive mixer. A LOT of feautures packed in, and everything is color coded and easy to figure out. The only thing I don't like about the ease of use is Behringer's buttons...If I'm not paying attention, I can sometimes forget whether a button depressed is one thing or another, and it's more confusing that some of the buttons have LED's to tell you what is selected...I think all having LED's would be extremely nice.
To be honest, it is a well built product. My only negative on the build quality is that in the middle of the board, they left out a much needed internal support under the main/send/monitor section of the board. So, you can physically push the top of the board in...makes if feel loose and cheap on an otherwise nicely constructed board.
Had an issue with a B412DSP, emailed Behringer, and received a timely response. They actually sent out a replacement unit (better model than I had...free of charge) because the repair facility was taking too long to repair. Calls to Behringer Tech Support are either answered or returned quickly.
EXCELLENT value for the money. I have read that there's another brand out there very similar to this that cost 3 grand! I've heard of Behringer copying other designs...who cares, it is awesome and a lot cheaper. Noone complains when P-puff-diddy steals music from the police...
SDM also price matched this item...awesome!
The Wow Factor:
A lot of knobs, and a lot of flash. I like it!
I use this in my home recording studio. I've read about Behringer products having parts that do not last. I've yet to see that. So, my expectations are nothing special...I'll wait and see how it lasts.