Connect the Behringer Mixer to the computer
Turn on the computer and open the recording program.
Connect the Behringer mixer to a standard electrical outlet. Note that Behringer and some other mixer brands do not have switches and are switched on by being connected to electricity.
Insert the two 1/4 inch plugs of the connection cable into the mixer’s left and right ‘Main Out’ sockets and insert the single 1/8 inch stereo plug into the microphone input of your computer, usually colored red.
If you own a Behringer USB mixer, connect the small connector to a Type B USB cable in the USB port on the back of the mixer and the standard USB connector to the computer’s USB card slot. The 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch cable is not required with USB mixers.
Connect the instrument or microphone to one of the channel inputs on the mixer with a standard musical instrument or microphone cable.
Connect the headphones (optional but recommended) by inserting a 1/4 inch headphone jack into the mixer output labeled ‘Headphones.’
Record with Behringer Mixer and computer
Play your instrument or speak into the microphone while adjusting the ‘Gain’ control on the mixer channel until red ‘Peak’ LEDs on the right side of the mixer light up. Continue playing or speaking while turning the control knob down (counterclockwise) until the reading light stops illuminating.
Continue playing or speaking as you turn up the headphone volume knob and main channel fader or rotation level control (depending on the model) until you hear the sound with a comfortable listening volume.
Hold a recording track in the recording program and turn the mixer ‘Main Mix’ fader or rotary control until the software sound meter reads slightly below the red ‘Peak’ indicator.
Click the red ‘Record’ button on the recording program and start recording.
Press ‘Stop’ on the recording program screen when recording is complete and press ‘Play’ to listen to the recording track before continuing. Depending on the program settings and mixer type / connection, you may need to connect the headphones directly to the computer to listen to the track.
Contact your software owner’s manual for specific instructions to add additional recording tracks, save and modify recordings.
Tips and warnings
Computer recording with a Behringer mixer requires common connection cables and recording software. Behringer is a brand of entry level audio devices for semi-professional live and recording use and both analog and USB mixers are available that can be used for recording. Behringer USB mixers allow control over the audio signal during recording and post-production such as mixing and playback, but analog mixers only allow control over the audio signal during recording.
The quality of the recording depends primarily on the user’s experience and talent, which takes the necessary time to fully understand the equipment and recording principles.