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Behringer Ultralink Pro MX882 User manual
User Manual
ULTRALINK PRO MX882
Ultra-Flexible 8-Channel Splitter/Mixer
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Table of Contents
Important Safety Instructions....................................... 3
Legal Disclaimer.............................................................. 3
Limited warranty............................................................. 3
1. Introduction................................................................ 4
2. The Design Concept................................................... 4
2.1 High quality components and design......................... 4
2.2 Inputs and outputs............................................................. 4
2.2.1 Balanced inputs and outputs.................................... 4
3. Installation.................................................................. 5
3.1 Rack mounting...................................................................... 5
3.2 Mains voltage........................................................................ 5
3.3 Audio connections.............................................................. 5
4. Control Elements........................................................ 6
4.1 The front panel control elements.................................. 6
4.2 The rear panel elements................................................... 6
5. Block Diagram............................................................. 7
6. Applications................................................................ 8
6.1 Application as a mixer........................................................ 8
6.2 Application as a splitter..................................................... 9
6.2.1 The ULTRALINK PRO as a 4-channel
stereo splitter............................................................................. 9
6.3 Application as a matching amplifier........................... 10
7. Specifications............................................................ 11
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Important Safety
Instructions
Terminals marked with this symbol carry
electrical current of sufficient magnitude
to constitute risk of electric shock.
Use only high-quality professional speaker cables with
¼" TS or twist-locking plugs pre-installed. All other
installation or modification should be performed only
by qualified personnel.
This symbol, wherever it appears,
alerts you to the presence of uninsulated
dangerous voltage inside the
enclosure - voltage that may be sufficient to constitute a
risk of shock.
This symbol, wherever it appears,
alerts you to important operating and
maintenance instructions in the
accompanying literature. Please read the manual.
Caution
To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not
remove the top cover (or the rear section).
No user serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to
qualified personnel.
Caution
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock,
do not expose this appliance to rain and
moisture. The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping
or splashing liquids and no objects filled with liquids,
such as vases, shall be placed on the apparatus.
9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized
or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades
with one wider than the other. A grounding-type plug
has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide
blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the
provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an
electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or
pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles,
and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
11. Use only attachments/accessories specified by
the manufacturer.
12. Use only with the
cart, stand, tripod, bracket,
or table specified by the
manufacturer, or sold with
the apparatus. When a cart
is used, use caution when
moving the cart/apparatus
combination to avoid
injury from tip-over.
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or
when unused for long periods of time.
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Servicing is required when the apparatus has been
damaged in any way, such as power supply cord or plug
is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen
into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed
to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has
been dropped.
15. The apparatus shall be connected to a MAINS socket
outlet with a protective earthing connection.
16. Where the MAINS plug or an appliance coupler is
used as the disconnect device, the disconnect device shall
remain readily operable.
Caution
These service instructions are for use
by qualified service personnel only.
To reduce the risk of electric shock do not perform any
servicing other than that contained in the operation
instructions. Repairs have to be performed by qualified
service personnel.
1. Read these instructions.
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
6. Clean only with dry cloth.
7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in
accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
8. Do not install near any heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS AND APPEARANCES
ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE AND
ACCURACY IS NOT GUARANTEED. BEHRINGER,
KLARK TEKNIK, MIDAS, BUGERA, AND TURBOSOUND
ARE PART OF THE MUSIC GROUP (MUSIC-GROUP.COM).
ALL TRADEMARKS ARE THE PROPERTY OF THEIR
RESPECTIVE OWNERS. MUSIC GROUP ACCEPTS NO
LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS WHICH MAY BE SUFFERED
BY ANY PERSON WHO RELIES EITHER WHOLLY OR
IN PART UPON ANY DESCRIPTION, PHOTOGRAPH
OR STATEMENT CONTAINED HEREIN. COLORS AND
SPECIFICATIONS MAY VARY FROM ACTUAL PRODUCT.
MUSIC GROUP PRODUCTS ARE SOLD THROUGH
AUTHORIZED FULLFILLERS AND RESELLERS ONLY.
FULLFILLERS AND RESELLERS ARE NOT AGENTS OF
MUSIC GROUP AND HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO AUTHORITY
TO BIND MUSIC GROUP BY ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED
UNDERTAKING OR REPRESENTATION. THIS MANUAL
IS COPYRIGHTED. NO PART OF THIS MANUAL MAY
BE REPRODUCED OR TRANSMITTED IN ANY FORM
OR BY ANY MEANS, ELECTRONIC OR MECHANICAL,
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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
© 2013 MUSIC Group IP Ltd.
Trident Chambers, Wickhams Cay, P.O. Box 146,
Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
LIMITED WARRANTY
For the applicable warranty terms and conditions
and additional information regarding MUSIC Group’s
Limited Warranty, please see complete details online at
www.music-group.com/warranty.
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1. Introduction
With the BEHRINGER ULTRALINK PRO you have purchased an ultra-flexible
“problem solver” in signal distribution applications, designed to meet
highest requirements: professional recording, broadcast and television
studios, CD and digital production facilities, etc. Much like an all-in-one tool,
it provides virtually unlimited configurations. Be it the distribution of a stereo
signal to several outputs (splitter); the combination of separate signals to
one stereo output (mixer), or the specific level adaption of individual signals
(buffer amplifier): the ULTRALINK PRO can perform all of these functions
easily - and simultaneously.
Future-oriented BEHRINGER technology
Our ULTRALINK range of devices has been a hit ever since we introduced our
first model several years ago. This splitter/mixer is based on many years of
experience and findings in mixing technology and is used throughout the world
in renowned studios, sound reinforcement systems as well as in broadcast and
television studios.
It was a real challenge to improve the well-known ULTRALINK even further,
and we are proud of our success. Compared to its predecessor models,
the ULTRALINK PRO not only has additional features, but also comes with
dramatically improved functionality. For example, it now has input and output
level meters and balanced in- and outputs.
Typical applications
The ULTRALINK PRO MX882 is one of the most flexible systems of its type.
The following applications can be realized:
2 IN/8 OUT splitter, 8 IN/2 OUT mixer, 6 IN/6 OUT matching amplifier or any
other combination.
• Keyboard submixer
• Distribution amplifier for P.A. systems, discotheques, theatres, churches,
hotels, communication systems, etc.
• Add-on module for mixer channels
• Add-on module for effect and monitor paths
• Level translator from -10 dBV to +4 dBu etc.
By combining several ULTRALINK PROs you can set up, for instance, a 24-channel
mixer or splitter.
◊ The following operational manual will introduce you to the BEHRINGER
ULTRALINK PRO and its various functions. After reading the manual
carefully, make sure it is always on hand for future reference.
2. The Design Concept
The architecture of the ULTRALINK PRO
2.1 High quality components and design
Basically, the unit consists of six mono channels, which can be used either as a
splitter or as a mixer. For instance, a stereo program source can be inserted via
the main input to be subsequently routed to any of the mono channels that are
set to SPLIT mode. Using the individual BALANCE/PAN control, you can—for each
channel—determine the ratio between the left and right main input signals that
are routed to the corresponding output of the channels. Thus, the stereo input
signal coming from the main input section can be distributed selectively among
the six mono output channels.
The philosophy behind BEHRINGER products guarantees a no-compromise circuit
design and employs the best choice of components. The operational amplifiers
NJM4580 which are used in the ULTRALINK PRO, are exceptional. They boast
extreme linearity and very low distortion characteristics. To complement this
design the choice of components includes high tolerance resistors and capacitors,
detent potentiometers and several other stringently selected elements.
In MIX mode, the input signals from the respective channel(s) can be mixed at
the stereo main output, with the individual BALANCE/PAN control determining
the signal ratio between the left and right main outputs (pan function). It is of
particular advantage that, in MIX mode, the stereo input signal from the main
input section is alternatively routed to the main outputs. By using this feature a
total of up to 8 single signals can be combined.
In MIX mode, the mono input signals are simultaneously applied to the
respective mono outputs, which permits each channel to be used as an individual
matching amplifier. The LEVEL controls in the corresponding channels enable
the user to adapt the levels at will, with a maximum gain of +15 dB. Levels used
in home-recording can therefore be converted into studio levels (+4 dBu),
and vice versa.
For the first time, the ULTRALINK PRO MX882 uses SMD technology
(Surface Mounted Device). These sub-miniature components known from
aerospace technology allow for an extreme packing density and improved
reliability. Additionally, the unit is manufactured in compliance with a ISO9000
certified management system.
2.2 Inputs and outputs
2.2.1 Balanced inputs and outputs
As standard, the BEHRINGER ULTRALINK PRO is installed with electronically
servo-balanced inputs and outputs. The new circuit design features automatic
hum and noise reduction for balanced signals and thus allows for trouble-free
operation, even at high operating levels. Externally induced mains hum etc.
will be effectively suppressed. The automatic servo-function recognizes the
presence of unbalanced connectors and adjusts the nominal level internally to
avoid level differences between the input and output signals (correction 6 dB).
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3. Installation
Balanced ¼" TRS connector
Your BEHRINGER ULTRALINK PRO was carefully packed in the factory and
the packaging was designed to protect the unit from rough handling.
Nevertheless, we recommend that you carefully examine the packaging and its
contents for any signs of physical damage, which may have occurred in transit.
strain relief clamp
sleeve
ring
tip
◊ If the unit is damaged, please do not return it to us, but notify your
dealer and the shipping company immediately, otherwise claims for
damage or replacement may not be granted. Shipping claims must be
made by the consignee.
sleeve
ground/shield
ring
cold (-ve)
tip
hot (+ve)
3.1 Rack mounting
The BEHRINGER ULTRALINK PRO fits into one standard 19" rack unit of space
(1 3/4"). Please allow at least an additional 4" depth for the connectors on the
back panel. Be sure that there is enough air space around the unit for cooling
and please do not place the ULTRALINK PRO on high temperature devices such as
power amplifiers etc. to avoid overheating.
3.2 Mains voltage
Before you connect your ULTRALINK PRO to the mains, please make
sure that your local voltage matches the voltage required by the
unit! The fuse holder on the female mains connector has 3 triangular markers,
with two of these triangles opposing each other. Your ULTRALINK PRO is set to
the operating voltage printed next to these markers, and can be set to another
voltage by turning the fuse holder by 180°. CAUTION: this instruction
does not apply to export models exclusively designed, e.g. for
115 V operation!
3.3 Audio connections
The audio inputs and outputs on the BEHRINGER ULTRALINK PRO are fully
balanced. If possible, connect the unit to other devices in a balanced
configuration to allow for maximum interference immunity.
Unbalanced ¼" TS connector
strain relief clamp
sleeve
tip
sleeve
(ground/shield)
tip
(signal)
For connection of balanced and unbalanced plugs,
ring and sleeve have to be bridged at the stereo plug.
Balanced use with XLR connectors
2 1
3
input
1 = ground/shield
2 = hot (+ve)
3 = cold (-ve)
1
2
3
output
For unbalanced use, pin 1 and pin 3
have to be bridged
Fig. 3.1: Different plug types
◊ Please ensure that only qualified persons install and operate the
ULTRALINK PRO. During installation and operation the user must have
sufficient electrical contact to earth. Electrostatic charges might affect
the operation of the ULTRALINK PRO!
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4. Control Elements
Fig. 4.1: ULTRALINK PRO front panel
The Behringer ULTRALINK PRO has six identical channels. Each channel is
equipped with two rotary controls, one button and eight LEDs. Moreover there is
a main section with two rotary controls, one button and eight LEDs.
4.1 The front panel control elements
(2)
(5)
of +15 dB—allows for converting, e.g., home recording levels (-10 dBV)
into studio levels (+4 dBu).
(8) The 8-digit OUTPUT LEVEL meter informs you about the output level of each
channel within a range from -24 to +18 dB.
(9) With the BALANCE/PAN control you can set the balance between the left
and right main signals. In SPLIT mode, the main input signal is routed to the
mono output, with the BALANCE control determining the balance beween
the left and right main signal portions. In MIX mode, the mono inputs are
mixed and routed via the LEVEL control to the main outputs, with the PAN
controls determining the allocation of the mono inputs to the left and right
main outputs.
(8)
4.2 The rear panel elements
(1)
(3)
(4)
(6) (7)
(10) FUSE HOLDER / VOLTAGE SELECTOR. Please make sure that your local
voltage matches the voltage indicated on the unit, before you attempt to
connect and operate the ULTRALINK PRO. Blown fuses may only be replaced
by fuses of the same type and rating.
(9)
Fig. 4.2: Control elements on the front panel
(1) The MAIN INPUT LEVEL control sets the main input gain, before the
signal reaches the input bus. In SPLIT mode, the MAIN INPUT LEVEL control
determines the common output level for all mono outputs.
(11) MAINS CONNECTION. Use the enclosed power cord to connect the unit to
the mains. Please also note the instructions given in chapter 3 “Installation”.
(2) The 4-digit INPUT LEVEL meter informs you about the input level of the
main input within a range from -24 to +6 dB.
(12) MAIN INPUTS. These are the main audio inputs of your ULTRALINK PRO,
available as balanced XLR connectors. They may feed the mono outputs of all
channels which are operated in SPLIT mode.
(3) By depressing the MAIN LINK switch you can route the MAIN INPUT signal
to the MAIN OUT. This way it is possible to route a maximum of eight input
channels to the main mix.
(13) MAIN OUTPUTS. These are the main outputs, available as balanced XLR
connectors. They may be fed either by the left and right main inputs or by
any of the six mono inputs (or a combination of both).
(4) The MAIN OUTPUT LEVEL control adjusts the output level applied to the
main outputs. The levels present at the six mono outputs are not affected.
Summing the signal levels of several mono channels can overload the main
output stage. The MAIN OUTPUT LEVEL control is therefore used to adjust the
overall output level.
(14) MONO INPUTS (channel 1 to 4). These are the mono inputs.
Connection takes place via balanced XLR connectors.
(5) The 4-digit OUTPUT LEVEL meter informs you about the output level of the
main input within a range from -24 to +6 dB.
(6) This SPLIT/MIX switch sets the respective channel to SPLITTER or MIXER mode.
(7) The LEVEL control determines the signal level of the individual channels.
In SPLIT mode, the LEVEL control sets the output level of the mono channels.
In MIX mode, however, it controls the amount of the mono channel’s input
signal feeding into the main output section; at the same time, the level of
the mono channel can be determined, which—owing to the maximum gain
(10)
(11)
Fig. 4.3: Rear panel elements
(17)
(16)
(15)
(15) MONO OUTPUTS (channel 1 to 4). These are the mono outputs, available as
balanced XLR connectors.
(16) MONO INPUTS (channel 5 to 6). These are the mono inputs.
Connection takes place via balanced phone jacks.
(17) MONO OUTPUTS (channel 5 to 6). These are the mono outputs, available as
balanced phone jacks.
◊ Please take the time to fill in and return the warranty card within
14 days after the date of purchase, so as to benefit from our extended
warranty. Or use our online registration option available on the World
Wide Web at behringer.com.
(14)
(13)
(12)
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5. Block Diagram
Fig. 5.1: Block diagram of the BEHRINGER ULTRALINK PRO MX882
MAIN Section
MIX Mode
Both main inputs interface via the MAIN INPUT LEVEL control with the input
bus as well as with the main outputs. The MAIN OUTPUT LEVEL control
determines the output level of the signals which are summed by the second bus
(i.e., the output bus) and are subsequently routed to the main outputs.
In MIX mode, the input signals of the mono channels are “collected” via the
LEVEL and PAN controls and are routed to the output bus. In this mode, the LEVEL
control determines the amount of each channel at the output bus, while the PAN
control is responsible for the allocation of the input signal to the left and right
main outputs.
SPLIT Mode
In SPLIT mode, the main input signal is sent via the BALANCE control to
the output buffer amplifiers of the mono channels, with the LEVEL control
determining the output level of the respective channel. The maximum gain
is +15 dB.
Additionally, the input signal is routed to the respective mono outputs,
i.e., the circuit acts as a matching amplifier. The LEVEL control allows for level
compensation of up to +15 dB.
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6. Applications
6.1 Application as a mixer
Fig. 6.1: Block diagram of the MIXER function
When the mono channels are operated in MIX mode, a maximum of 8 (6+2)
mono input signals can be summed and routed to the main outputs. In this mode,
the individual signal sources are connected to the mono inputs on the BEHRINGER
ULTRALINK PRO. Each channel has a LEVEL knob to control the amount of its
signal relative to others in the main section. Via the corresponding PAN control,
each mono input signal can be routed either to the left or right main output.
Of course, any intermediate pan settings can be achieved as well. The MAIN
OUTPUT LEVEL control determines the overall level of the main output signal.
Since the two main inputs are alternatively routeable to the main outputs,
two additional input signals can be added using the main inputs. For this you
have to depress the MAIN LINK switch. However, as these inputs do not feature
a PAN control, the left main input will always be routed to the left main output;
similarly, the right main input can only be sent to the right main output. A total
of 8 mono channels can thus be routed to two main outputs.
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6.2 Application as a splitter
Fig. 6.2: Block diagram of the SPLITTER function
A splitter is a distribution amplifier which allows for splitting a specific input
signal to several outputs. This function is of use, e.g., in a large-scale sound
reinforcement system where the mixer’s output signal needs to be allocated
to several power amplifiers. Another field of application is in tape duplication
systems, where one master tape machine is to be interfaced with several tape
duplication recorders.
In this mode, the output signal from the mixer is applied to the main inputs of
the BEHRINGER ULTRALINK PRO. If the SPLIT/MIX switches are set to “SPLIT”,
the mono outputs of the respective channels provide either the left or the right
main signal. Depending on the setting of the BALANCE control, any balance
between left and right main signal can be adjusted.
At the same time, the main input signal is also sent to the left or right main
output, so that here two additional splitter outputs are available. Please note
that these outputs do not feature a balance routing function. The left main input
is routed exclusively to the left main output; similarly, the right main input feeds
the right main output only.
6.2.1 The ULTRALINK PRO as a 4-channel stereo splitter
For this special application, the splitter function configures the unit as a
4-channel stereo splitter. Here, the stereo signal source is connected to the two
main inputs. If all mono channels are operated in SPLIT mode, the BALANCE
controls of channels 1, 3, and 5 are set to “LEFT”, and the BALANCE controls of
channels 2, 4, and 6 to “RIGHT”: thus, the corresponding stereo output pairs
are routed through channels 1+2, 3+4, and 5+6. This kind of application is
particularly useful for tape duplication systems.
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6.3 Application as a matching amplifier
Fig. 6.3: Block diagram of the MATCHING AMPLIFIER function
The BEHRINGER ULTRALINK PRO can also be used as a multiple matching
amplifier. The task of a matching amplifier is to convert the level of a signal
source into another level. For instance, a cassette recorder with home recording
level (-10 dBV) can be raised to studio level (+4 dBu). Of course, this process can
also be reversed (level attenuation).
In this application, the ULTRALINK PRO is operated in MIX mode. The output
of the signal source is connected to the mono input of the ULTRALINK PRO.
The corresponding mono output provides the resulting output signal which can
be raised or lowered in level. Each of the six mono channels is equipped with a
LEVEL control. The control range is from -∞ (full attenuation) to a maximum gain
of +15 dB.
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7. Specifications
Audio Inputs
Power Supply
Connectors
XLR and 1/4" TRS
Type
RF filtered, servo-balanced input
USA/Canada
120 V~, 60 Hz
Impedance
50 kOhms balanced,
25 kOhms unbalanced
U.K./Australia
240 V~, 50 Hz
Nominal operating level
-10 dBV to +4 dBu
Europe
230 V~, 50 Hz
Max. input level
+21 dBu balanced and unbalanced
General Export Model
100 - 120 V~, 200 - 240 V~, 50 - 60 Hz
CMRR
Typ. 40 dB, > 55 dB @ 1 kHz
Audio Outputs
Connectors
XLR and 1/4" TRS
Type
Electronically servo-balanced
output stage
Impedance
60 Ohms balanced,
30 Ohms unbalanced
Max. output level
+22 dBu balanced and unbalanced
System Specifications
Frequency response
5 Hz to 200 kHz, +/-3 dB
S/N ratio
>95 dBu, unweighted, 22 Hz to 22 kHz
THD
0.002% typ. @ +4 dBu, 1kHz, gain 1
Function Controls
Main input level
variable
Main ouput level
variable
Level
variable for each channel
Balance/pan
placing in the stereo field
Function Switches
Main Link
links the main input signal to the
main output
Split/mix
changeover from split to mix mode for
each channel
Indicators
Input level (main)
4-digit LED display: -24/-12/0/+6 dB
Ouput level (main)
4-digit LED display: -24/-12/0/+6 dB
Input/output level
8-digit LED display:
-24/-18/-12/-6/0/+6/+12/+18 dB
Mains Voltages
Power Consumption
max. 35 Watts
Fuse
100 - 120 V~: T 630 mA H
200 - 240 V~: T 315 mA H
Mains Connection
Standard IEC receptacle
Physical/Weight
Dimensions (H x W x D)
approx. 8.5 x 1.75 x 19"
approx. 217 x 44.5 x 483 mm
Net Weight
approx. 2.38 kg
Shipping Weight
approx. 3.5 kg
BEHRINGER is constantly striving to maintain the highest professional standards. As a result of these efforts,
modifications may be made from time to time to existing products without prior notice. Specifications and
appearance may differ from those listed or shown.
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