Behringer

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Behringer is an audio equipment company founded by the Swiss engineer Uli Behringer in 1989, in Willich, Germany. Behringer was listed as the 14th largest manufacturer of music products in 2007. Behringer is a multinational group of companies, with direct marketing presence in 10 countries or territories and a sales network in over 130 countries around the world. Though originally a German manufacturer, the company now makes its products in China.

The company is owned by Music Group, 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 Services company Eurotec. In June 2012, Music Group also acquired Turbosound company, which designs and manufactures professional loudspeaker systems and was formerly owned by Harman.

When I started in music around 1994, having your own music studio was but a distant dream. I would gaze in awe at the shiny valve preamps, compressors and enormous analogue mixings desk whenever my band had a recording session downtown, sitting at the black leather sofa and studying with reverence the intricate details of the many acoustic foam panels on the walls.

Stories of how expensive that Neumann mic was, how the owner of the studio must have had the most wealthy family in the city always picked our imagination on our way back home: how we wish we had our own studio. Behringer enabled us independent musicians to finally make our dream a reality. Behringer is the company that along with other companies that followed and contributed to the trend enabled us independent musicians to finally make our dream a reality, to build our own semi-professional recording studios.

I have owned a lot of Behringer gear throughout the years and currently am the proud owner of an XR18 Digital Mixer. The things I have managed to do with this thing are beyond my imagination, and I have a quite vivid one at that! 

If you are looking for gear to get the job done without all the bells and whistles, and save money in the process then look no further, as Behringer's mission aligns with yours, to make music gear affordable for all musicians.