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MOTU Stage-B16

The MOTU Stage-B16 is a 16-input stage box and audio interface with DSP, mixing, Wi-Fi control, and studio-quality analog performance.

The Stage-B16 sets a new standard for analog audio performance in a stage box. The 8 XLR analog outputs deliver a stunning 123 dB DR, a level of measured performance normally found only in products costing thousands.

Precision Digital Trim™ - Precision remote control of preamp gain
Digitally controlled analog preamp gain provides accurate adjustments in 1 dB increments from web app software running on your laptop, tablet or smartphone, with the ability to save gain settings.

The ultimate stage box - Run 16 mic signals to front of house - or anywhere in the network
The Stage-B16 sets a new standard for what it means to be a stage box. With AVB networking technology, you can run mic signals over standard Ethernet cabling to a front-of-house mixing console up to 100 meters away, plus any other destinations on the network, such as the monitor mix console or a computer-based recording rig. For small- to mid-sized applications, the Stage-B16 takes care of all live sound mixing duties, controlled wirelessly from your laptop, tablet or smartphone - all with audio quality that's so good, it belongs in a world-class recording studio.

DSP-powered mixing - Console-style mixing with 48 channels and 12 busses
The mixer in the Stage-B16 is identical to the mixer found in MOTU's flagship 1248 and 16A interfaces. If you know your way around a large-format mixing console, you'll feel right at home. If you've ever wished to mix on a large console, the driver's seat is now yours.

Modeled analog EQ and compression - Vintage processing with 32-bit float precision
British analog mixing consoles are renowned for their musical EQ profiles. The Stage-B16 meticulously models these classic EQs to give you the very same, magical EQ response found on these coveted desks. Each input channel also provides a classic compressor with peak/RMS operation.

Groups and the Main Mix bus are equipped with MOTU's Leveler™, an accurate model of the legendary Teletronix™ LA-2A™ optical leveling amplifier, known for its highly sought-after Automatic Gain Control (AGC) characteristics.

Web app control - Control everything from your laptop, tablet and smartphone
The software that you use to control the Stage-B16 doesn't reside on your hard drive. It's a web app served from the hardware itself. This means you can control the Studio-B16's on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from the web app software running in your favorite web browser on a laptop, tablet or smartphone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network. Use any web client on any platform - Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android - as long as it shares the same network.

Stand-alone mixing with wireless control - Control everything from your iPad or iPhone
Connect an Apple Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router directly to the Stage-B16 with a standard Ethernet cable and control the Stage-B16's powerful mixing and DSP effects from your smartphone or tablet, without a computer. Great for live sound mixing!

The Stage-B16 provides "digital snake" connectivity using AVB Ethernet, the new industry standard developed by the IEEE for professional audio networking. Run cable lengths up to 100 meters with standard CAT-5e or CAT-6 ethernet cables and ultra-low, sub-millisecond latency. Route audio from an AVB network over an entire performance venue or recording facility.

Build a network with multiple interfaces, computers, and AVB switches using standard network cabling, with ultra-low network latency, even over long cable runs (100 meters point to point). Stream hundreds of audio channels among devices and computers on the network.

Universal connectivity - Class compliant USB 2.0 plus audio over Ethernet
The Stage-B16 connects to your computer with audio class compliant hi-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS) for across-the-board compatibility now and in the future. Alternately, if you have a Mac running OS X Yosemite (10.10) or later, you can use a standard Ethernet cable for operation as an audio interface. Either way, the Stage-B16 is compatible with all audio software.

Quick Setup presets - Completely transform your MOTU interface with one click
The Stage-B16 is so flexible, it can serve many roles - in the studio, on stage, and throughout an installation. The Quick Setup menu lets you instantly reconfigure the Stage-B16 for many common situations, from operation as a standard audio interface to serving as a network "snake" from one location to another. Once a preset is chosen, you can easily customize the routing grid and mixer settings to further suit your specific needs - and then save your own custom presets.
Specifications
Sample rates:
44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz

Mic inputs:
16 x XLR mic inputs
Preamp gain: 0 to +63 dB (digitally controlled)

Analog outputs:
8 x XLR line out
Max level: +20 dBu (digitally adjustable -4 to +20)
1 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone

Digital output:
2 x XLR female AES/EBU out (4 ch) up to 96 kHz

Total I/O:
16 in and 12 out (28 total) at 1x sample rates
16 in and 12 out (28 total) at 2x sample rates
16 in and 8 out (24 total) at 4x sample rates

Computer I/O:
1 x USB 2.0 audio class compliant, USB 3.0 and iOS compatible
1 x AVB Ethernet (requires OS X Yosemite)

Computer I/O channels:
USB 2.0 (44.1 to 48 kHz): 64 in/out
USB 2.0 (88.2 to 96 kHz): 32 in/out
USB 2.0 (176.4 to 192 kHz): 24 in/out
AVB Ethernet: 16 to 128 in/out, depending on host computer speed

MIDI I/O:
1 x MIDI IN
1 x MIDI OUT
16 MIDI channels to/from computer host

Headphone:
1 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (assignable)

Phantom power:
16 x individual +48V

Front panel:
1 x 1/4" TRS headphone output
1 x digital rotary encoder
  • phone volume
  • 2 x switches
  • (1) Mute All and (1) Show 48V
  • 16 x activity LEDs
  • (16) input, (8) output, (2) AES
  • 1 x female Ethernet 'EtherCon' port
    2 x male XLR AES/EBU outputs (4 channels)
    8 x male XLR analog outputs
    16 x female XLR mic inputs with indiv. 48V/pad
    Rack-mount brackets and handles (optional)

    Power:
    International 100-240V autoswitching supply
    50-60 Hz
  • 0.5A max
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    $2252.00
    Free shipping in Canada. Conditions
    Additional information
    For more information about the Stage-B16, please visit the website of MOTU
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