Thursday, July 19, 2012 by Tim Webb
Not to be outdone by Mackie, both Yamaha and Behringer have their own apps to control mixers semi-remotely. Although both of these mixers are outside of the price range for home studios, it is good to see other manufactures exploring this. Eventually the technology will trickle-down into their consumer models!
Behringer's X32 Digital Mixer now has XiControl as a companion app, offering WiFi control. The app is free, but the mixer itself makes Mackie's seem affordable! The X32 will set you back $2,900.
XiControl facilitates control or setting of channel, mix bus, main or matrix levels remote from the X32 console. Realtime level meters are shown for all audio channels, along with user-defined icons and names. The 'Sends on Faders' function comes in handy for setting up monitoring mixes; this allows the engineer to adjust monitor mixes whilst being on the stage with the performers.
Yamaha's CL Series of consoles are so expensive they won't even tell you how much they cost! It took some digging to find out that they range from $15,000-$28,000! At least the WiFi controller app is free...
StageMix CL has been specifically designed to allow engineers to adjust monitor mixes from the performers’ positions on stage, directly controlling mix parameters via the iPad rather than having to rely on verbal directions to a second engineer.