Symphony 440 Design Group is immensely gratified to be associated with the award winning Behringer, an audio equipment company founded by the Swiss engineer Uli Behringer in 1989, in Willich, Germany. Behringer, being listed as the 14th largest manufacturer of music products in 2007, is a multinational group of companies with direct marketing presence in over 10 countries or territories and a sales network in over 130 countries around the world. The Behringer philosophy is to provide professional audio products at prices affordable by every musician. Though originally a German manufacturer, the company now has its headquarters at China.
Behringer speakers, owned by Music Group is a holding company chaired by Uli Behringer, which also owns other audio companies such as Midas, Klark Teknik and Bugera, as well as Electronic Manufacturing Service Company Eurotec. In June 2012, Music Group acquired Turbosound Company involved in the design and manufacture of professional loudspeaker systems, formerly owned by Harman.
A Brief through Behringer’s History:
1989–2001: Foundation and early development:
Uli Behringer, the company’s founder, was committed to music and technology at a very early age of around 16, when he had constructed a synthesizer.
While studying sound engineering and classical piano at the Robert Schumann conservatory in Düsseldorf, Behringer, due to the university’s limited equipment, started to build his own products. On popular request for his equipments from his students, he soon was receiving more orders than he could handle himself, leading to the creation of Behringer Inc. In the early days, Behringer focused on studio audio processors such as noise reduction systems and compressors, but the product line soon included guitar amps, PA amplifiers and loudspeakers, mixing boards, stompboxes, recording interfaces, microphones, digital pianos, guitars, lighting equipment, etc. Behringer’s package of performance and low price is what made it appealing to people.
While Behringer products were primarily manufactured in Willich, Germany, many of the individual components were imported from mainland China. In 1990, to reduce on the production costs, Behringer shifted production from West Germany to mainland China. By 1997, Uli Behringer had relocated to Hong Kong to supervise manufacturing quality and to better understand Chinese culture.
According to Uli Behringer, his piano teacher being impressed with his sense of perfect pitch nicknamed him “The Ear”, which became an inspiration for the Behringer Ear logo. The highlighted “ING” stands for “diploma engineer”, or the German academic title “Dipl.-Ing”, which he received upon his graduation from the Fachhochschule Düsseldorf.
Cool Audio acquisition:
In May 2000, Behringer acquired the rights to the Cool Audio technology from Intersil Corporation, a US-based semi-conductor manufacturer. CoolAudio is a high-power Class-D amplification technology with power ratings up to 4,000 Watts and efficiencies up to 90%, which has been rated as high audio quality. The acquisition included an extensive intellectual property portfolio and licensees such as Alpine and Rowe, among others.
2002–2007: Behringer City:
In 2002, Behringer established its own factory, Behringer City, in Zhongshan of China’s Guangdong province after it consolidated more than ten separate production locations into one vertically integrated plant. Comprising of eight buildings that are involved into electronics, speakers, guitars and digital pianos, it also hosts an onsite health clinic. Owning to run a self-contained plant allowed Behringer a greater level of quality control. The 1,200,000-square-foot (110,000 m2) manufacturing complex in Zhongshan ships more than 2.5 million Behringer speakers and products per year to markets all around the world.
Inspired by lean manufacturing, and driven by the Kaizen philosophy of continual improvement, Behringer makes efforts to help its employees to improve. “Behringer University” supplies employees with training resources and E-learning courses to sharpen their career skills within the company by providing for management, career planning, health, language, and general knowledge courses.
Behringer mixer’s technological specifications:
MIDAS technology: MIDAS has had a long history of innovation and leadership in the world of audio mixing consoles. Behringer is proudly associated with MIDAS designed mic preamps for the ultimate high quality audio reproduction in both live and studio environments.
Behringer has products for varied purposes like Behringer mixers, computer audio, headphones, tuners and synthesizers for musical instruments, loudspeaker systems, microphones, power amplifiers and wireless systems.
Behringer mixers are a great choice for audio mixing with specifically designed mixer for various applications such as:
S, SD and SRC series for I/O interface
DJX, VMX, DX and NOX series for DJ mixers
RX and ZMX of standard sizes to fit any equipment racks.
Behringer X32 and XR for digital mixing
PMP series for professional powered Behringer mixers.
Behringer X32 is the most favoured among Behringer mixers for its digital mixing console with programmable MIDAS preamps.
Behringer provides high definition DJ as well as studio headphones delivering highly efficient music quality with thumping bass. HPM, HPX and HPS series products are few which rule the Behringer headphones.
Behringer has high performance loudspeaker systems for commercial installation applications, multimedia, portable Behringer speakers as well as studio monitoring. MS personal monitor series, B series Pro Audio speaker system, B20 high-resolution studio monitor and K6 audiophile studio monitor are few celebrated Behringer speakers.
Behringer offers microphones in three broad categories:
Condenser microphones: Behringer Condenser microphones are the ideal choice for capturing vocals and acoustic instruments. They are capable of capturing more detail due to their wider, flatter frequency response and collects sound from throughout the environment rather than just directly in front of it.
Large diaphragm microphones: Behringer provides gold-sputtered large-diaphragm condenser microphone for professional studio purposes. Designed and engineered in Germany, these have heavy duty suspension mount with an aluminium transparent case included.
Dynamic microphones: The XM series Behringer dynamic microphones have several advantages which make them ideal for live vocal applications and for recording amplified instruments. Designed and engineered in Germany, they are robust, resistant to moisture and can achieve high gain before feedback. Best feature of these masterpiece is that they don’t require any phantom power.
Popular reviews on Behringer products:
“Behringer are known for making cost-effective products, but their new Behringer X32 live mixer takes that to a whole new level. The preamps are clean and usefully quiet, with sufficient gain for live-sound applications. The relatively high input impedance works very well with dynamic mics, and the ability to accommodate line-level sources is very useful. The built-in effects cover far more ground than usual, and achieve a far higher sound quality than would be expected of a console at several times the price of the Behringer X32.”
-Hugh Robjohns, Sound On Sound.
Behringer C1 studio condenser microphone:
“The Behringer C1 is a very affordably priced condenser with extra features and would be the first step into the world of home recording for many people. The Behringer C1 is a “large-diaphragm” condenser microphone suitable for both live and studio applications.”
Being an authorized dealer of Behringer speakers and mixers, Symphony 440 Design Group provides original, prime Behringer products at genuine price. We, at Symphony 440 Design Group are more than happy to serve its pupils with these products through our well established organizations at Chennai, Bangalore and Davangere. It’ll be our pleasure to help one and all in choosing the best of the Behringer speakers and mixers, and accordingly provide all the support required in buying the right ones.