Reviews and Problems with Behringer COMPOSER PRO-XL MDX2600
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Behringer Compressor PRO-XL MDX2600
swamisalami, B&H Photo
9 May 2013
Excerpt: Dissatisfied in a word is what I am after using this compressor. First, it has a noticeable hum. The main reason I got it was to eliminate hums (and other room noise), not create them. Secondly, compared to the benefits of using compression and/or limiter via software (both Garage Band and Adobe Audition) there was not enough benefits to warrant the purchase price.
Cons: Limited Functions, Poor Sound Quality, Pricey / Poor Value
Excerpt: Understand that this application is very specific. A very live -- make that *extremely* live auditorium which was designed for excellent non-sound-reinforced acapella singing, but of course is also used in a lecture setting. The downside is that intelligibility of amplified spoken word is really a challenge in the room. I used a manual I found for a Behringer 2200 to make the purchasing decision.
Summary: This is quite a powerful unit with some well thought out features. Noise-gate and compressor, along with de-esser and peak limiter all combine to allow you to tailor your audio to your liking. You need to read the instructions and understand the various controls and how best to use them in order to get the best out of this unit, but once you know you are set.
Excerpt: I've used two-channel compressors before, but the Composer Pro-XL is perfect for our current needs. Not only does the compressor do its job and sound great, but the added elements of the gate and de-esser turn out to perfectly fit our changing recording environments. This is a great value for anyone doing any recording.
Excerpt: I plan to use this for podcasting and for when I record myself playing drums. My experience so far--- has been great. This compressor is built very well and does exactly what you want it to do. (It also throws in some cool extra features like the DE-ESSER). The only down side is the manual. It isn't written very well.. so if your trying to learn the basics,check out youtube. There are some good videos on how to work this there.
Excerpt: I've been using this unit for about a week now and love it. The compression and gating features on this unit work as well as any I've used. This unit is also packed with a lot of other nice features like the Male/Female button on the De-Esser for reducing sibilance. It will take a few more shows in different venues to decide if I like the Tube Emulator, but all of the other features work as described by Behringer.
Pros: Clear Sound, Compact, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Versatile
Excerpt: I use this for small studio use, mainly with a single condenser microphone for vocal recordings. There is a lot of features in this compressor/expander and the gate provides an excellent way to create a silent noise floor. It is very sensitive and repeatable in setting. Also the AUTO setting works well for just getting started. It would be nice to have a bit more guidance in the user manual as the unit is very versatile and better examples of use would be very helpful.
Pros: Clear Sound, Compact, Easy To Use, LED VU meters, Lightweight, Versatile
Summary: I have owned the MDX2600 for over six months and have been more than impressed with it's on-air performance. I use it with a Marshal MXL-990 microphone and ALTO AMX-100 mixing console. Unlike many amateur market audio (ie. RF speech) processors the MDX2600 does not shape the audio - it just does what it claims - zero to heavy audio compression with no noticable distortion.
Summary: I have owned the MDX2600 for over six months and have been more than impressed with it's on-air performance. Unlike many amateur market audio (speech) processors the MDX2600 does not shape the audio - it just does what it claims - zero to heavy audio compression with no noticable distortion. The expander and gate functions also work well, giving the on-air impression of a quiet shack, when in fact I have considerable noise around me.