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I bought this mixer with a view to starting out with some simple podcasting - there are smaller versions available, but I deliberately bought the extra capacity for when my projects develop and become larger and more complex.
I've read reviews where people have slated these mixers for not having the stated number of channels, or such. It is a bit misleading. This has 4 mono inputs - XLR or balanced / unbalanced jack. Each of these gets 48V phantom power if you switch it on. There are then 5 stereo inputs (2 channels each) and a stereo subgroup. 4 + 10 + 2 = 16.
Each of the channel strips is well specified with gain and compression on the mono strips, 4 band EQ AUX / FX Send - mute, solo, sub.
Although you can send signals to off board effects processors, there is also an onboard unit with quite a range of effects.
Strictly, i suppose it's a PA mixer or for recording single take performances.
I use mine with GarageBand and the output from the mixer comes into GB as a single stereo source. I record music and voice over separately on different GB tracks. A benefit of this mixer for me is that I can customise channel strips and leave them set, even though I might not be using them.
Any music tech student or home recording musician would do well to look at Behringer kit - you'll get great quality at a great price.
Don't be tempted though by the software package - much of the stuff is freeware and you probably have far better DAW / podcasting software already. If you use Mac OS X Lion, much of the free stuff won't work anyway. The proprietary DAW package works well, but Macs have GarageBand which is far superior. Windows people, you're also bound to have your favourite package also.