Behringer X Air XR18 Tablet-controlled Digital Mixer

X Air Series 18-channel, 12-bus Stage Box/Rackmount Digital Mixer for iPad/Android Tablets with 16 Gain-programmable Midas Preamps, Integrated Wi-Fi Module, Multi-Channel USB Audio Interface, and Rack Ears
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Behringer XR18

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 XR18 is an 18-input, rackmountable stage box unit with 16 gain-programmable Midas-designed microphone preamps, two hi-Z inputs, Behringer's renowned X32 effects rack, a 100-band Real Time Analyzer on all channel and bus EQs, an 18 x 18 USB interface, 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 pristine multitrack sessions straight to your DAW. The Behringer XR18 gives you a whole new way to mix.

Behringer XR18 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
  • Ultranet compatible

Hover over features below for a detailed description

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 B port
For connection to optional P-16 Personal Monitoring System
Position-adjustable Wi-Fi antenna
Mic/Line inputs on Combo connectors (1 and 2 are also hi-Z inputs)
Line 17-18 inputs on TRS connectors
XLR  outputs for Aux buses 1-6
XLR  Main L-R outputs 
TRS stereo headphones output with Level control 
Protection bumper/handle

Mix From Anywhere in the House

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

Behringer's XR18 gives you the ultimate in mixing mobility. Imagine always being able to mix from the most advantageous spot in the house! The XR18 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 at any place in 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

Let the Performers Mix Their Own Monitors

Compatibility with Behringer's Personal Monitoring System

The XR18's wireless capability makes it easy for you to modify a monitor mix from the performers' onstage perspective, but why not let the musicians mix their own IEMs or floor wedges? The XR18 features an Ultranet port for easy audio routing over Cat 5e cable to other Ultranet-compatible gear. Compatibility with Behringer's P16-M Personal Monitoring System means you can concentrate on whipping up a killer house mix and leave the monitor mix to the performers (trust us, they'll thank you for it). Now that's smart mixing! With 16 channels of personal monitoring, plus six aux sends to feed stage wedges, delayed mixes, or secondary rooms, you have it covered. If you've got big stadium gigs booked, then you'll be glad to know that you can easily integrate the XR18 into a larger setup using its Ethernet port to connect to a wired network or a monster router.

  • P16-M Personal Monitoring System compatible
  • 16 channels of personal monitoring
  • Six aux sends to feed stage wedges, etc.
  • Ethernet port connects to wired network

Great-sounding Mixes Start Here

Pristine preamps, ultra-wide dynamic range, and more

With 16 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 XR18 delivers impeccable sound quality — the same as Behringer's acclaimed X32 digital mixer. The XR18'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 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 XR18 has an entire arsenal of effects under the hood. The XR18'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 the Quantec QRS. The XR18'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

Record Straight to Your Favorite DAW

18 x 18 USB interface makes recording effortless

The XR18 sports a fast, bi-directional 18 x 18 USB interface, making the XR18 a powerful digital mixing solution for recording directly to the digital audio workstation running on your iPad or computer. You can see how this arrangement can boost productivity in a live scenario, giving you an effortless, immaculate multitrack capture of the show to take back to your studio for post production. But whether you're capturing a live performance or tracking in the studio, you'll find the XR18 makes it amazingly easy to record great-sounding tracks.

  • Bi-directional 18 x 18 USB interface
  • Easy direct recording to your DAW
  • Works easily with tablet or computer
  • Pristine multitrack capture
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 unit with an integrated tablet tray. 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 2
XR12 Built-in Rackmount 12 (4 mic) 2 TRS No 2-ch 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
XR18 X Air Quick Start Guide
XR18 X-Air Quick Start Guide

Tech Specs

Type Digital
Channels 18
Inputs - Mic Preamps 16 x XLR-1/4" combo
Phantom Power Yes (activated via remote app)
Inputs - Line 2 x 1/4" TRS
Outputs - Main 2 x XLR
Outputs - Other Ultranet port (P16-M and P16-D connection)
Channel Inserts Internal effects/processing inserts
Busses/Groups 6 x XLR (aux bus out)
Data I/O Ethernet, Built-in Wi-Fi Module, USB
USB 1 x Type B (18 x 18)
Computer Connectivity Ethernet, Wi-Fi, USB
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 5.5"
Depth 5.9"
Width 13.1"
Weight 7.1 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number XR18

Customer Reviews

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Versatile and easy to use. Amazing Value

I've had my xr18 for many months now, and it's been a fantastic digital mixer. It sounds great, has all the stuff you'd expect from a digital mixer including fantastic eq and dynamics, effects, and routing. I've recorded very successfully through this mixer's usb interface, and using a third party program (MIXTOOLS) that's available via shareware (found on the behringer forum) you don't even need to use your DAW. You do need a PC or Mac to record though. I'm pretty sure you could do it on an iPad with the right (expensive) app for recording and leave the laptop at home entirely. if you aren't recording there's no need for the pc/mac to come along. I would recommend getting a 2 band router, preferably an AC router. the built in one is ok but i've read that it can drop out sometimes. As always hard wired to laptop is best most foolproof way to ensure your mix control won't go down. You can get a control surface (x-touch) if you want physical faders, but if it's not absolutely necessary for your needs, I wouldn't worry about it. Best mixer I've owned and downright killer value for what you get. Highly recommend.
Music background: Gigging musician, AV tech, soundman

Easy to Use

I sold my 32 channel analog board with six monitor mixes to buy this. I have to use this for a variety of performances ranging from my own band which fits well with the 16 channels and six monitor mixes, to music theater performances with a full compliment of boundary mics and headsets. East to equalize the mics using the RTA overlay.

Small Church

Right out of the box, the X18 Air was a big improvement over our old mixer. There was a learning curve, since neither of the users were experienced in mixing technology. Our junior warden had a musical background in playing guitar. It was a challenge to get the X Air programmed for our electric organ and choir speakers, but a new Bose L1. After several calls to Sweetwater, we figured out the X air probably had a defective speaker port. BANG a replacement was delivered a couple days later. The replacement unit is everything that was advertised. Our little church is rocking.
Music background: None

The Perfect Solution!

Amazing mixer! We needed a mixing solution that allowed us to place the mixer in the center of our group(s) and be able to support Main/Monitor mixing while performing. The XR18 is a great solution to what we needed. I spent a couple of hours familiarizing myself with the mixer and iPad and Windows apps...set up the basic functions for live mix and monitor mix...and one day later played a gig using the new setup. Great sound, easy to use, and provided exactly what we needed! I'll be primarily using this for sound support for my jazz combo (vocal, sax, piano/bass, drums) and a big band (17-piece band) that we perform with...and know this is THE SOLUTION we needed!
Music background: Pro Performer

Great compact mixer!

I'm a professional sound engineer and have used numerous digital consoles as well as the X32 for quite some time. I needed a compact mixer but with lots of power and the XR18 fits the bill perfectly.It sounds great, gives me lots of options, has great EQ, an RTA, etc...The iPad app has a few small hickups but it's still great. I think it's just a great product for the price.
Music background: Professional sound engineer / musician
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