32×32 Dante on Behringer X32

Right now I’m working on a project that plays back 32 tracks of audio over 32 discrete speakers. Each track needs a different amount of delay and EQ, since the speakers are spread across a large area with lots of audio reflections. There’s no way to EQ or delay on the multitrack audio server we’re using, so we need something else.

Behringer recently came out with the X32 Core. It’s in the X32 family, so you get all the features of the X32 console or X32 Rack, but with the advantage of it being 1 RU, and only $600. The disadvantage (in some cases) is that there are no analog outputs. There’s AES, Ultranet, MIDI, and USB. With the X-DANTE card (for $500) you get 32 channels of Dante in and out, just like with other X32 products.

The real problem is that the X32 only has 16 “outputs” in the routing tab. On the X32 Rack and console, these 16 outputs are physical XLRs, on the Core they are virtual outputs, which can be routed to “card” (Dante,) or AES or Ultranet (P16.)

X32 gives you delay and EQ (and dynamics/compressor) per channel. This means you don’t have to rote your signals to an FX bus for basic EQing. In order to route all 32 inputs (which are coming over Dante) to 32 outputs, also over Dante, we have to route in a circle.

You can route the first 16 Card Outputs from Direct Outs 1-16. For Direct Outs 17-32, route them to P16. We aren’t using P16 (which is Behringer’s proprietary ethernet-based monitoring system,) instead, we’re going to re-route P16 1-16 to Card Out 17-32.

I’ve made a video to make it a bit clearer. I was using older firmware, so this is X32 Edit 2.5. You can do the same thing with version 3, it’s just a better interface.

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Film and television Director of Photography working in Los Angeles, CA.
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