The Behringer Q802USB mixer* is a great choice if you are looking for a mixer that can handle most podcasting applications for less than $100.
A good preamp is where a good mixer starts. The Q802USB has Behringer’s Xenyx preamps and they perform very well in this mixer. With plus 60DB of gain, the preamps in this mixer are enough to power most dynamic microphones including the Heil PR40 and the ATR2100, two of my microphones that require the most gain. Even at the top range of this preamp, I was able to get clean audio.
The build quality is not the best in the sub one-hundred dollar category but I’m sure it would hold up just fine in most podcast studio setups. I did have one issue, when I turned on phantom power, I could not get the phantom power light to go out without unplugging the mixer. Not sure if this is indicative of the build quality or I just got a bad button on my demo unit.
I only tested this mixer with a Mac using Adobe Audition. The setup was very easy with no required drivers. Windows may perform differently especially if drivers are required.
This mixer also has an aux send, labeled FX send, which would allow a podcaster to create a mix-minus setup for recording and mixing audio back to Skype or Google Plus Hangouts.
You also get one-knob compression which you’ll see on most Behringer mixers and can be quite handy if you want to add some extra punch and leveling to your audio in realtime.
Overall, I enjoyed this mixer more than I thought I would. At the relatively cheap price you get a lot of features out of this little mixer. The only question is whether or not it will hold up over time?
Music licensed from premiumbeat.com
Track: “Stomp” by Gyom
Track: “5 AM” by Senbei
*Gear used in the making of this video:
Behringer Xenyx Q802USB
Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera
Tokina 11-16mm (Canon mount, APS-C)
Sigma 30mm 1.4 ART APS-C Canon (new, better version) via Amazon: http://podhelp.me/S30mm1-4ArtAmazon
Roland R-05 Audio Recorder (newer version, mine is discontinued)
ATR2100 microphone (used in the VO during the mixer walkthrough)
HQ-S Stereo Lavalier microphone (into the Roland and used in talking-head intro and outro)
F&V R-300 LED Ring Light
Transcend SD card 16 and 32GB Class 10
Manfrotto 701 HDV Tripod (discontinued)
Manfrotto 394 Quick Release Plate and Base
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