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Announcing the Behringer X32 WhatsApp group

October 25, 2017 • Derek

The Behringer X32 line of mixers are, in the words of Hugh Robjohns, “products that look set to completely overturn the market for budget digital mixing consoles.” In my opinion, they have been successful. Not only are they used by many theaters, churches, and small studios, but have also been used by several well-known bands, as discussed by this forum post. One thing which has not been
publicized anywhere is the fact that Behringer unknowingly made several UI decisions which rendered the x32 mixers accessible to blind users

  • Dedicated View buttons exist for each feature, so you can jump to specific parts of the software
  • None of the menus rap! So if you have 10 options in a menu, and you scroll to option 10, scrolling one more time does not rap you back to option 1.
  • The X32 software has a home screen, and a home button to get there. This is another nice way to keep from getting lost.
  • Although its a bit clunky, the Ipad app is accessible with VoiceOver.
  • Open standards are used to control the x32.
  • If you leave a screen, go somewhere else, then go back to your previous screen, you are returned to the exact point from which you left
  • If you power-cycle the board, it will still contain all settings as you left them, but each view button will take you to page 1 of its function.

Another thing which makes the x32 accessible and easy to use is its very well-written, though slightly out-of-date, documentation. Therein lies the problem. Most of the information is relevant, but the setup, scenes, eq and library screens have changed dramatically in the 3 years sense the manual was updated.

In order to both give and receive assistance with the orientation and use of the x32, in a way which I personally find both convenient and easy to archive, I have started The X32 Crew Whatsapp Group. The idea is that any one can join and share what they know about the x32, and get help when they need it. If/when any material is generated from this group in a published form, I’ll edit this post and link to it.

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Hello world, here I am.

October 11, 2017 • Derek

Welcome to the informal and slightly personal part of [The Lanes Audio web site.][1] This is the place where I will be posting anything I find interesting, amusing, useful, etc. in hopes you will enjoy them. As I have hobbies relating to the primary purpose of this site, they can be discussed here as well over the coming weeks/months. Plus, it will give me incentive to keep this blog up to date, and give you reasons to check back from time to time. Granted, that’s the theory anyway. The truth is that I’m rather bad when it comes to writing. Posting audio, sure, but writing… not so much. I have ideas though, but I want them to be something you will be able to enjoy or use.

As a blind audio engineer, I’m naturally inclined to focus on the audio, but I understand, and appreciate the need for video in a lot of cases. Sights like The reaper blog and the recording revolution are perfect examples of the kinds of presentations that I’m talking about. We shall see what happens though.

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