Behringer X Air XR16 Tablet-controlled Digital Mixer

X Air Series 16-input Stage Box/Rackmount Digital Mixer for iPad/Android Tablets with 8 Gain-programmable Midas Preamps, Integrated Wi-Fi Module, and Rack Ears
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Behringer XR16

A whole new way to mix. A better way.

Behringer's cutting-edge X Air digital mixers integrate with your iPad or Android tablet for unprecedented mixing power and mobility. Plug in your mic and line level sources and mix from anywhere in the venue or studio via the free remote control app. The XR16 is a 16-input, rackmountable stage box unit with eight gain-programmable Midas-designed microphone preamps, Behringer's renowned X32 effects rack, a 100-band Real Time Analyzer on all channels and bus EQs, a stereo USB recorder, and integrated Wi-Fi, all in a convenient rackmount chassis. Just add mics, and you have everything you need to mix a live show and record a stereo mix straight to your device. The Behringer XR16 gives you a whole new way to mix.

Behringer XR16 at a Glance:

  • Built-in Wi-Fi module
  • Convenient stage box/rackmount chassis
  • Includes rack ears and protection bumpers
  • Midas-designed preamps
  • 40-bit floating-point DSP
  • Full-featured channel processing
  • FX Rack delivers studio-quality effects
  • 100-band RTA for all channel and bus EQs

Hover over features below for a detailed description

Protection bumper/handle
Protection bumper/handle
Ethernet connection for wired networks and external routers
Selects between Ethernet port and internal Wi-Fi
MIDI In and Out DIN ports
USB type A port
Position-adjustable Wi-Fi antenna
Mic/Line inputs on Combo connectors
Line inputs on TRS connectors
XLR outputs for Aux buses 1-4
XLR Main L-R outputs
TRS stereo headphones output with Level control

Mix From Anywhere in the House

Built-in Wi-Fi and tablet integration for unprecedented mixing mobility

Behringer's XR16 gives you the ultimate in mixing mobility. Imagine always being able to mix from the most advantageous spot in the house! The XR16 acknowledges the reality of modern live mixing — that you don't want to be tied down to a fixed front-of-house mix location. Integrated Wi-Fi gives you remote control over the mixer's functions from your tablet or laptop without needing to set up and configure an external router. Now you can focus on your mix, moving around the venue to experience what your audience is hearing in the back of the auditorium. Tweak the mix from the balcony. Adjust the monitors from the performers' perspective. This is live mixing the way it should be — natural and intuitive. The result will be better-sounding shows!

  • Mix from anywhere in the venue
  • Instant wireless for your tablet or laptop
  • Complete remote control over mix functions
  • No need to set up and configure an external router

You're Connected

Ethernet port gives you networking options

The XR16's built-in Wi-Fi has you covered for most venues, but if you've got big stadium gigs booked, you'll be glad to know that you can easily integrate the XR16 into a larger setup using its Ethernet port to connect to a wired network or a monster router.

  • Ethernet port for networking options
  • Connect to a wired network
  • Set up an industrial router

Great-sounding Mixes Start Here

Pristine preamps, ultra-wide dynamic range, and more

With eight Midas-designed mic preamps and 40-bit floating-point DSP that delivers virtually unlimited dynamic range with no internal overload and vanishingly low latency, the XR16 delivers impeccable sound quality — the same as Behringer's acclaimed X32 digital mixer. The XR16's preamps are fully gain-programmable and remote-controllable from your iOS or Android tablet, for nearly unlimited flexibility in a live show situation. Because applications are loaded to the specific device, you can, for instance, prepare your channel layout offline while sitting in the tour bus before a show.

  • Acclaimed X32 technology for impeccable sound quality
  • Fully gain-programmable, remote-controllable preamps
  • Applications loaded to specific device
  • Facilitates offline pre-production

Studio-quality Effects

Virtual FX Rack with four true-stereo multi-effects processors

The XR16 has an entire arsenal of effects under the hood. The XR16's virtual FX Rack gives you four true-stereo (8 mono) multi-effects processors, including delay, chorus, and dynamics. This engine is beefy enough to simultaneously run high-quality, true-stereo reverbs and 31-band EQ, without the need for additional hardware. Select any combination of high-end simulations of classic studio reverbs such as the Lexicon 480L and PCM70, the EMT250 or Quantec QRS. The XR16's onboard processing means your computer won't be tasked with additional heavy lifting during a mixdown session with numerous plug ins.

  • Four stereo multi-effects processors
  • Simulations of legendary studio reverbs
  • Robust FX engine
  • Lightens the load on your computer
Padded Carry Bag for X Air Series Mixers

Four Models to Serve Your Needs

Behringer X Air digital mixers are available in four models. Three are rackmount units; the X18 is the desktop with an integrated tablet tray, while the XR units are rackmountable. The XR18 offers near-identical specs, but as it can be used as a stage box, it offers a few connectivity upgrades for more secure connections onstage. The XR16 and XR12 are more affordable rackmountable options with scaled-back feature sets.

Model Wi-Fi Form Factor Inputs Aux Buses Ultranet USB hi-Z Inputs
X18 Built-in Desktop 18 (16 mic) 6 TRS Yes 16-ch 2
XR18 Built-in Rackmount 18 (16 mic) 6 XLR Yes 16-ch 2
XR16 Built-in Rackmount 16 (8 mic) 4 XLR No 2-ch (device) 2
XR12 Built-in Rackmount 12 (4 mic) 2 TRS No 2-ch (device) 2

Behringer X Air Digital Mixers

On the leading edge of the mobile mixing revolution

The Behringer X32 digital mixer has been a massive hit, a Sweetwater best seller that sees constant use in busy studios and on the world's biggest stages. The X Air series continues the revolution, maintaining the same uncompromising level of audio quality, while offering you even more smart features aimed at the way you mix music today. We're impressed with Behringer's X Air mixers, and we think you will be, too!

Additional Media

Live Mixer Buying Guide
XR16 X Air Product Information

Tech Specs

Type Digital
Channels 16
Inputs - Mic Preamps 8 x XLR-1/4" combo
Phantom Power Yes (activated via remote app)
Inputs - Line 6 x 1/4", 2 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
Outputs - Main 2 x XLR
Channel Inserts Internal effects/processing inserts
Busses/Groups 4 x XLR (aux bus out)
Data I/O Ethernet, Built-in Wi-Fi Module, 2-Channel USB-to-Device
USB 1 x USB Type A (flash drive)
Computer Connectivity Wi-Fi, Ethernet
Headphones 1 x 1/4" TRS
EQ Bands 100-band Real Time Analyzer (RTA)
Effects 4 stereo effects/modeling engines including delay, chorus, dynamics, Lexicon reverbs, flangers, exciters
Rackmountable Yes
Height 13.1"
Depth 5.9"
Width 5.5"
Weight 6.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number XR16

Customer Reviews

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Does Everything You'd Expect!

I have to give it five stars- at least for the money. The effects are great, the mic pres are very good, the routing is very good, and it actually sounds very good! For the price, I'm not sure how one could go wrong! I've owned mine for at least six months and the only issue I've had is the antenna "protector" popped off once. I was able to clip it back on. The new OS now allows one to secure the internal wifi with a password. That's cool because before anyone at the show could adjust your mix!... I like the unit a lot and I bought it for more than it currently is advertised for! If you own an iPad, laptop, or an Android tablet, this will get the gig done! If you need more or less channels it's the X18 or X12!
Music background: Producer/Arranger/Guitarist/Engineer

Best Small Mixer Platform

We already own an X32 Producer and when I saw the X Air series, I figured one would be a great rehearsal room mixer that would allow us to leave the main system loaded on the trailer between gigs. The price from Sweetwater was unbelievable. Setup was super easy and the preamps sound as good as the X32's. It also has the onboard effects same as the X32. I could not be more pleased with this little mixer! I wouldn't be afraid to use it live and the only reason we haven't is that we still need the X32's abundant outputs and larger rack for our IEM's. My only minor complaint is the lack of a tap tempo button on the iPad app.
Music background: Worship Band

Xr 16 x air

We used it the first time last week at a church homecoming. It was great not having to carry a mighty gigrig, run a snake and do all thenother extra setup chores that those items require. Sound was great and my back was even better. Love it!!!
Music background: Singing with a southern gospel trio

X Air 16

Excellent concept and works like a dream. This unit was a little different because you must use a tablet or computer or phone to operate . But Everyone has a phone and the app is easily available . Easy to learn ,intuitive interface. Downside is the manual is poorly written and the video tutorials on You tube are the best way to learn anything you have trouble with. Buy this unit you wont be disappointed . Excellent sound .
Music background: Studio owner Producer

I Was Skeptical, But I Did It!

As most of you that have purchased Behringer products in the past would agree, I was very skeptical about purchasing any more. But I am very pleasantly surprised by this one. First, it is almost exactly what I am after: A remote controlled mixer head with all the necessary DSP on board; small in size, light in weight, and enough inputs for our band. I had read many reviews on WiFi connection dropping issues with several manufacturers, so, since I run sound from my keyboard position, I have decided to connect to my laptop with an ethernet cable (and eventually a 24" to 27" touchscreen) and use the WiFi for sound checks. Secondly, I am pleasantly surprised by the preamps' sound. I am also surprised at the level of control over each channel, both inputs and outputs, that the software gives you, especially at this price point. (But then, that's Behringer's "claim to fame", yes?) There are a few things I would liked to have found out straight from Behringer before purchasing this, because I couldn't find them anywhere in the literature, so here they are for you, and I hope this helps: 1) Can the control surface on PC be changed in size for different screen sizes? YES! Choices are in the upper right portion of the screen when the X Air app is running. 2) Since they are little vague on where the app is, for app newbies like me, it was a little treasure hunt! Plus, if using FireFox to download your app, and you have moderate to heavy security on, you may need to either turn security down (not recommended!) or download the app with Chrome, which doesn't seem to have as much problem with downloading "from an Untrusted Site..." like FireFox does. It appears to have to do with the way Behringer's site is labeled.So do yourself a BIG favor if you're interested in this or the 12 or 18 channel units: Download the app for whatever controller you're using, iPad, Android, or PC (be sure to choose V1.2 for PC), and simply play with it, because it offers OFFLINE setup! You don't need to be hooked up to one to try it! Yes, since the interface is for all the X Air units, you will see some features that you won't have on the 16 or 12, (such as 6 aux sends, etc.), but you can get an excellent feel for, and even save your setups for when you decide to purchase!Another point, if you don't already know it: When downloading the app, open the PDF that's in there, too and READ IT! Lots of good explanations to many questions in there, too! I have just purchased mine but I put 5 solid hours on it last night (this morning!!) and absolutely NO issues of any kind! No, I wasn't using the WiFi connection, but everything else is rock solid so far.Also, the app is very easy to simply start clicking and exploring. Very intuitive for the experienced, and don't forget the YouTube videos from Behringer for everyone. LOTS of good tips in there. Hint: Watch the videos directly from Behringer first, then go to the other folks, you'll get more out of them, then.Bottom line: Highly recommended (so far!). This is clearly where mixing is headed!
Music background: Pro musician, Analog Audio Design Engineer
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