A product of Swiss engineer Uli Behringer’s lifelong fascination with audio circuitry, Behringer audio was founded in Germany in 1989. Behringer’s early products included noise reduction systems and compressors, but soon the company expanded to offer a wide range of professional audio and touring gear including amps, interfaces, microphones, loudspeakers, instruments, and lighting.
While initially Behringer Audio components were manufactured in Willich, Germany, increased demand led to importing components from China, before Behringer’s manufacturing operations moved entirely to China in the late 1990s.
In 2002, Behringer Audio opened “Behringer City,” a large manufacturing factory in China’s Guangdong Province. Vertically integrating manufacturing at Behringer City resulted in improved quality for many of Behringer’s products and the plant continues to ship more than 2.5 million Behringer Audio products per year.
Behringer’s reputation has been built on the strong price to performance ratio of much of its gear. By focusing on inexpensive solutions, Behringer Audio undercut audio giants like Shure and Sennheiser with gear that performed at a level well beyond its budget price.
At the same time, Behringer’s focus on low-cost has resulted in some complaints regarding the reliability and noise of some of its components.
In recent years, Behringer Audio has shown a renewed interest in quality control and some of its products, like Behringer’s Zenyx mixer series, have become ubiquitous, challenging competitor’s offerings at a fraction of the cost.
Over the years, Behringer Audio’s product line has grown to cover virtually every conceivable audio application. While Behringer’s extensive product line can be overwhelming for the newbie podcaster, WhatPods has a number of Behringer Audio products to highlight specifically for podcasting.
Behringer Audio Microphones
Value defines Behringer’s microphone line. For under $20, podcasters can find an alternative to the popular Shure SM58. For under $100, Behringer delivers a large diaphragm studio condenser mic that competes with similar offerings from MXL and Avantone. If you need a microphone (or several), but don’t want to pay premium prices, check out these Whatpod recommendations.
Behringer PODCASTUDIO USB Complete Podcastudio Bundle with USB/Audio Interface
This bundle has everything you need to get started podcasting for less than a hundred dollars. Package includes a 2 in/2 out USB audio interface, a 2-channel XENYX 502 Mixer, a pair of HPM1000 mixing headphones, and an Ultravoice XM8500 Dynamic Microphone. To round things out, there are all the accessories needed to start recording immediately, including a small desktop Microphone Stand, an XLR mic cable, and two stereo RCA cables.
Behringer ULTRAVOICE XM8500
For under $20, Behringer’s Ultravoice XM8500 offers a surprisingly decent alternative to the Shure SM58. Like the SM58, the Ultravoice XM8500 is a dynamic cardioid microphone, ideal for live performance or recording. It also features an internal shockmount to reduce handling noise, a basic windscreen to combat plosives, a mic stand adaptor and a sturdy carrying case making this a road-ready workhorse microphone. Also available in packs of three for under $40.
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Behringer C-1U Professional Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser USB
This is one of the cheapest large-diaphragm USB condensers on the market, and it’s a perfect entry point for podcasters looking to try out a condenser microphone setup without having to purchase additional gear. The C-1 is great for voice, with a cardioid pickup pattern, but also works well for recording instruments.
Behringer 2.4 GHz Digital Wireless Dual Mic System
For less than $200, Behringer offers a two microphone wireless recording package with an innovative USB stick receiver. The 2 ULM200M handheld microphones are perfect for vocal applications. With a range of 120 metres and automatic setup, this 2.4 ghz system delivers impressive value.
Behringer Audio is a low cost audio company that is popular with podcasters and musicians on a budget. Offering a diverse product line and rock-bottom prices, podcasters can find bargain solutions for most of their audio needs, but buyer beware: some customers note reliability issues with some of Behringer Audio’s product line, but at these prices it’s hard to complain.