Digital Mixing with Ease
Digital mixers offer studio quality processing, the highest fidelity, the ability to recall all settings and even remote operation. Those are hugely attractive features, but they all come at a cost – with bigger physical size and more complex operation requiring at least some degree of technical audio education.
The millions of analog small format mixers that Behringer has built over the years clearly tell us that there are many users who need a mixer that is compact, affordable, dependable and easy to operate.
Typical applications very often just need to balance the level of a handful of sources. So, why make things more complicated than they need to be? It is time for something genuinely new, providing modern features and workflows to everyone in a simple and compact form – it is time for FLOW 8 digital mixing.
EZ-GAIN Assisted Gain Staging
Have you ever heard someone say, “you need to pay attention to your gain staging?” Do you know what the “gain structure” is about? When you are interested in clean and healthy signals, with low noise and low harmonic distortion then adjusting the right amount of preamp gain is paramount. It is defining the amount of amplification a signal gets when entering the mixer. Since source signals can be anything from a strong hit on the snare drum, to the subtle hum of bees, there is not one gain that fits all possible purposes.
Gain staging is always a compromise and finding the right one requires either experience and technical knowledge, or the new FLOW 8 EZ-GAIN feature. The function can monitor signals on one or all channels at the same time, until you think the loudest sounds have been put to it. EZ-GAIN will then automatically adjust the channel gain to the optimum headroom.
Oh, by the way, EZ-GAIN will automatically engage the 48 V phantom power on mic inputs 1 or 2 when no signal is detected, just in case you forgot to do that.
Full App Remote Control
Let’s face it, small mixers are more often placed where cables end, rather than in a position where it would be most useful for controlling the mix. You may have to stretch out for controlling levels or walk away from the mixer to judge if your adjustment has the desired effect. No longer!
FLOW 8 mixers offer full remote control from basically any Android or iOS device, giving you the freedom to go exactly where the sound is ideal for making any sort of adjustment. Tweak the 9-band EQ for the main PA speakers, set the compressor on the bass guitar or adjust the mix for the talents on stage.
Assisted Setup for Beginners
Are you new to the world of audio and not sure which signal to put on different inputs? Don’t know how to use the EQ or compressor for dedicated signals? No problem. The FLOW 8 app provides you with a unique setup wizard that takes you step by step to make your music shine. After selecting the type of input, the assistant will offer you presets and tell you where to plug the cables in. Thanks to this innovative feature you can add your instruments and microphones no matter your skill level.
Total Recall of All Settings
Recording a podcast one day and some vocals the next? Are you mixing multiple artists on the same gig? FLOW 8 is your permanent companion for various audio applications where you need a perfectly tweaked preset available on your fingertips within seconds. The integrated snapshot library and the possibility to store unlimited snapshots per FLOW 8 app gives you instant, unlimited power. STORE, EDIT and LOAD mixer settings via the hardware or app instantaneously. You can even trigger snapshot loading with a connected footswitch to bring your performance to life. The FLOW Mix app even provides a recall-scope to load FX, Channel, Main, Monitor or Routing-Options separately (requires firmware 11739 or above). While the hardware provides 15 internal storage-slots for snapshot presets, the app can store an unlimited library of snapshots sorted by name, date and time.
Outstanding Audio Quality (on the Go)
With two Midas microphone preamps and internal 32 VFP-Processing, FLOW 8 joins the X32, X-AIR and WING Series of digital mixing consoles. Even though the form factor and number of I/O is specifically tailored to smaller setups, each individual channel offers crystal clear audio and keeps up with its ancestors’ sound quality. All channels offer 4-band parametric EQ, compression, as well as 2 FX and 2 monitor sends. All the monitor and main buses feature 9-band parametric EQ and a limiter for preventing unexpected volume peaks on your speakers.
Looking for that Big Sound?
There is reverb and then there is REVERB. FLOW 8 features two independent studio-grade effects engines, each with 16 presets for refining your instruments and vocals with breathtaking effects sounds and depth.
12 Reverb programs span from a very short yet lively Ambience to very long and smooth Temple or Stadium simulations. All of them come in two flavors and their decay time can be adjusted continuously. In addition to that you will get various delay and modulation effects for all styles and applications.
Built-in Bluetooth Streaming
Since compact loudspeakers are dominating the consumer market, Bluetooth has established itself as a standard for audio-connections in the consumer world. Mini-jack sockets are being replaced more and more and many smartphones and tablets require special adapters to output analogue audio signals. Therefore, FLOW 8 offers an integrated Bluetooth receiver, that enables you to comfortably play music in between performances without annoying adapters and the need of being close to the mixing console all the time.
The BT audio connection for playing audio back can be connected independently from the FLOW 8 remote application. While using BT Audio for playback on one mobile device, BT LE can be used separately on another device for the control application, if you wish.