Behringer is out with an awesome trio of USB control surface devices — the X-Touch series. In this article we will be reviewing the third, most compact and cheapest machine of the three — the Behringer X-Touch Mini. At an extremely affordable price of $99, this is a must-have for those looking to add on some DAW control into their music setups. It’s perfect for those who are on-the-go, have a smaller rig setup, or merely like compact, convenient devices in general (like me!).
The standout features of the X-Touch Mini includes 16 illuminated buttons, 8 rotary encoders with LED collars, two control layers, and one 60mm slider — basically all of the essentials you need in a control surface device. It enables you to have full-scale digital audio workstation control without lugging around a huge unit. Even though i’m not always traveling and on-the-go, I like my studio nice and sleek. This is sitting right in the corner of my desk next to my MIDI keyboard.
Our rating of the Behringer X-Touch Mini
- Very solid build as compared to most Korg surfaces
- Great for portability
- A cheaper alternative at $99
- Played out black with round edged design
- Only two layers (I usually need 3-4 for some songs)
- No drum pads
Main features of the X-Touch Mini Compact Control Surface
- Compatible with both Windows PC and Mac
- Pre-configured control elements
- 8 rotary controls (LED) for parameter adjustment
- 16 illuminated buttons for function access
- Dual-layer mode available for changing between DAW and instruments
- Mackie Control mode for compatability with most softwares
- Long-wearing 60mm fader
- Compact for portability
- USB powered
- MIDI port available
- 3-year warranty program
A big plus is the X-Touch Mini being bus-powered, not having to hassle with a power adapter. Another huge plus we’ve mentioned is being able to switch between two layers (A and B), basically having two banks available at your fingertips. It does basically what you’ll need it to do — control your DAW if you don’t like having to click your mouse. This is great for performing but also creating a more physical environment in your studio.
Is it worth the price? Yes — if you need only standard functions of a USB controller. The size in terms of portability is a plus, so if you’re performing and need a simple control surface, this is one to take into serious consideration.
If you’re looking for a controller to accommodate your setup at home, take into consideration what exactly you’ll need. There are some other controllers on the market that have some more capabilities (albeit a little higher in price). If there are some features you absolutely need that the X-Touch Mini doesn’t have (such as a more tailor-made controller for Ableton, like with the Novation Launchpad models), try shopping around more. You may have to spend a few more bucks, but it may be worth it depending on your situation. All in all, the X-Touch Mini is a great surface controller for a decent price.