16-Input Networked Stage Box and Audio Interface with Onboard DSP

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MOTU's Stage-B16 pulls triple duty by offering the capabilities to function not only as a 16-input stage box with AVB Ethernet digital snake connectivity, but also as a 48-input...
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MOTU's Stage-B16 pulls triple duty by offering the capabilities to function not only as a 16-input stage box with AVB Ethernet digital snake connectivity, but also as a 48-input, 12-bus digital mixer with wireless control thanks to the onboard DSP, or as a universally compatible USB audio interface for both Mac- and Windows-based recording systems.

The Stage-B16 also has you covered with its studio-quality analog performance up to 192 kHz, so it can keep up with even the most demanding of setups. The 8 XLR analog outputs provide a huge 123 dB of dynamic range, so you never have to worry about having enough headroom for whatever you may be doing.

This stage box is equipped with 16 ultra-clean, studio-grade microphone preamplifiers that deliver 117 dB of dynamic range with an outstanding -110 dB THD+N, so your inputs will sound pristine even if you're in a less-than-ideal environment. Each input is equipped with 63 dB of preamp gain, individual 48V phantom power, and -20 dB pad. Plus, the preamps are digitally controlled from web app software running on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, with the ability to save gain settings for instant recall.

The Ultimate Stage Box
With AVB networking technology onboard, you can run microphone 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 you rlaptop, tablet, or smartphone – all with audio quality so good, you'll think it came straight from a world-class studio.

DSP-Powered Mixing
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
British analog mixing consoles are known the world over for their incredibly musical EQ profiles, and the Stage-B16 takes a page from their book to create meticulously modeled EQs that provide the same fantastic sounding tone found on those much-loved 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 it's highly sought-after Automatic Gain Control (AGC) characteristics.

Web App Control
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 onboard 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. Plus, if you connect an Apple Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router directly to the Stage-B16 with a standard Ethernet cable, you can contorl the Stage-B16's powerful DSP effects from your smartphone or tablet – without a computer – which is great for live sound mixing applications.

Universal Connectivity
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 UltraLite AVB is compatible with all audio software.

Quick Setup Presets
Since the Stage-B16 can wear many hats to fit whatever application you need it for, having access to presets is incredibly useful to cut down on setup time. The Quick Setup menu lets you instantly configure this box for many common situations, and once a preset is chosen, you can easily customize the routing grid and mixer settings to further tailor the setup to your needs. And when you've got everything set up just how you like, you can save a custom preset for use at any time.

MOTU Stage-B16 Specifications:

  • Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
  • Mic Inputs: 16x XLR mic inputs
  • Preamp Gain: 0 to +63 dB (digitally controlled)
  • Analog Outputs:
    • 8x XLR line out; Max level: +20 dBu (digitally adjustable -4 to +20)
    • 1x 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:
    • 1x USB 2.0 audio class compliant; USB 3.0 and iOS compatible
    • 1x 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:
    • 1x MIDI IN
    • 1x MIDI OUT
    • 16 MIDI channels to/from computer host
  • Headphone: 1x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (assignable)
  • Phantom Power: 16x individual +48V
  • Front Panel:
    • 1x 1/4" TRS headphone output
    • 1x digital rotary encoder, phone volume
    • 2x switches, (1) Mute All and (1) Show 48V
    • 16x activity LEDs, (16) input, (8) output, (2) AES
    • 1x female Ethernet 'EtherCon' port
    • 2x male XLR AES/EBU outputs (4 channels)
    • 8x male XLR analog outputs
    • 16x 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
  • Analog I/O Specifications:
    • Line Output:
      • Connector Type: Male XLR
      • Dynamic Range (A-weighted): 123 dB
      • THD+N (unweighted): -110 dB
      • Max Level: +20 dBu
      • Trim Range (in 1 dB steps): 24 dB (-4 to +20)
    • Mic Input:
      • Connector Type: Female XLR
      • Dynamic Range (A-weighted): 117 dB
      • THD+N (unweighted): -110 dB
      • Max Level: +24 dBu (with pad)
      • Trim Range (in 1 dB steps): 63 dB
    • Phones:
      • Connector Type: 1/4" TRS stereo
      • Dynamic Range (A-weighted): 112 dB
      • THD+N (unweighted): -94 dB
      • Max Level: Max. 80 mW
      • Trim Range (in 1 dB steps): 128 dB
  • Mac System Requirements
    • 1 GHz Intel-based Mac or faster
    • 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
    • Mac OS X version 10.8 or later
    • Available high-speed USB 2.0 or AVB Ethernet port (*AVB Ethernet audio interface operation requires OS X Yosemite)
    • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
  • Windows System Requirements:
    • 1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
    • 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
    • Windows 10, 8 or 7
    • Available USB 2.0 or 3.0 port
    • Available Ethernet port for firmware updates
    • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
  • Web App Support:
    • Any web client platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android
    • Any web browser: Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Explorer, etc.
    • Web client must be connected to the same network as the MOTU AVB interface by wire or Wi-Fi.
  • Included Software:
    • MOTU AVB Discovery App for Mac and Windows (finds connected MOTU interfaces)
    • MOTU AVB Discovery App for iOS (available from Apple App Store)
    • MOTU AVB Control web app (served from the hardware itself)
    • AudioDesk 4.0 for Mac & Windows (separate download)

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