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Stage-B16

16×12 stage box / mixer / interface
with DSP & AVB-TSN networking

Category: Product ID: 12886

From the most critical and demanding studio environments to the world’s biggest stages, he stage-B16 delivers the same superb analog quality as MOTU’s new line of award-winning audio interfaces, in a rugged stage box form factor with powerful, flexible AVB networking.

 

THREE PRODUCTS IN ONE

 

Stage Box

 

16-inch stage box with AVB Ethernet “digital snake” connectivity.

 

Rackmount Mixer

 

DSP-equipped 48-input 12-bus digital mixer with wireless control.

 

Audio interface

 

Universally compatible USB audio interface for Mac and Windows.

 

Studio-quality analog performance up to 192 kHz

Performance suitable for the most demanding situations

 

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 TrimTM

Digitally controlled 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.

 

16 studio-grade mic inputs

Ultra-clean preamps for studio and stage

 

The 16 individual mic preamps deliver 117 dB dynamic range (DR), with -110 dB THD+N (-1 dBFS, unweighted, 1kHz). Each input is equipped with 63 dB of preamps gain, individual try48V phantom power and -20dB pad.

 

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 lie 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 sat 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 from any device

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 stage-B16 on-board DSP, mixing, devices 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.

 

Touch Console

The art of the mix on your touchscreen

 

Designed specifically for touchscreen operation, Touch Console™ delivers a whole new mixing experience. Access Touch Console from your tablet or smartphone to effortlessly control the powerful 48-channel mixer and effects in the Stage-B16. With large targets for your fingers, multi-touch operation and intuitive design, you can tap, swipe and pinch your way to a perfect mix, every time.

 

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!

Ethernet ‘snake’ and audio networking

Connect using long cable runs with ultra-low latency

 

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.

 

Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately).

 

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 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.

 

Ultralite AVB

 

The latest in MOTU’s popular, award-winning UltraLite interface series, the UltraLite AVB is an 18-input, 18-output audio interface with DSP mixing, Wi-Fi control, AVB audio networking and best-in-class analog audio quality or on-the-go mobile audio recording.

 

 

36 simultaneous audio channels

The most I/O ever offered in the UltraLite series

 

You get 2 mic inputs, 2 guitar inputs, 6 line inputs, 8 line outputs, headphone out and 8-channel optical I/O for a total of 18 inputs and 18 outputs, simultaneously. The optical ports also support stereo TOSLink (optical S/PDIF).

 

Best-in-class analog audio quality

Performance suitable for the most demanding situations

New for 2019, the UltraLite AVB now includes renowned ESS Sabre32™ DAC technology, delivering 123dB dynamic range and the same proven, award-winning audio quality as MOTU’s flagship 1248. Renowned drivers deliver rock-solid performance and industry-leading low latency.

Universal connectivity

Class compliant USB 2.0 plus audio over Ethernet

 

The UltraLite AVB 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.

 

DSP-powered mixing 

Console- style mixing with 48 channels and 12 busses

 

The mixer in the UltraLite AVB is a complete departure from earlier models. In fact, it’s 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 sat 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 UltraLite AVB 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 from any device

Control everything from your laptop, tablet and smartphone

The software that you use to control the UltraLite AVB doesn’t reside on your hard drive. It’s a web app served from the hardware itself. This means you can control the UltraLite AVB on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from 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

Touch Console

The art of the mix on your touchscreen

 

Designed specifically for touchscreen operation, Touch Console™ delivers a whole new mixing experience. Access Touch Console from your tablet or smartphone to effortlessly control the powerful 48-channel mixer and effects in the UltraLite AVB. With large targets for your fingers, multi-touch operation and intuitive design, you can tap, swipe and pinch your way to a perfect mix, every time.

 

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 UltraLite AVB with a standard Ethernet cable and control the UltraLite AVB’s powerful mixing and DSP effects from your smartphone or tablet, without a computer. 

Great for live sound mixing!

 

System expansion and audio networking 

Expand your system with more I/O and Wi-Fi control

 

The UltraLite AVB network port introduces AVB Ethernet, the new industry standard developed by the IEEE for professional audio networking. Add a second MOTU AVB interface (1248, 8M or 16A) with a simple Cat-5e or CAT-6 ethernet cable.

 

System expansion and audio networking 

Expand your system with more I/O and Wi-Fi control

 

Connect up to five MOTU interface using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately).

 

System expansion and audio networking 

Expand your system with more I/O and Wi-Fi control

 

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

 

Comprehensive metering 

View all I/O activity at a glance

 

The large backlit 128×48 LCD lets you view all signal activity at a glance with detailed metering for all analog and digital I/O. Access hardware setting from a simple and convenient menu.

 

Quick Setup presets

Completely transform your MOTU interface with one click

 

The UltraLite AVB 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 UltraLite for many common situations, from operation as a standard audio interface to serving as a network “snake” from one location to another. Once a present is chosen, you can easily customize the routing grid and mixer setting to further suit your specific needs- and then save your own custom presets.

Technical 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
Network I/O 1 x RJ45 AVB/TSN Ethernet (100 Mbps)
AVB streams
(8 channels per stream)
3 in / 3 out @ 44.1 or 48 kHz
2 in / 2 out @ 88.2 or 96 kHz
1 in / 1 out @ 176.4 or 192 kHz
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
Dimensions
and weight
(width x depth x height, enclosure only)
19 x 7 x 3.5 inches
48.3 x 17.75 x 8.89 cm
5.0 lbs / 2.27 kg
with rack brackets removed:
17.25 inches (43.8 cm) wide
4.7 lbs / 2.13 kg

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*
  • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
  • *AVB Ethernet audio interface operation requires OS X Yosemite

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 Discovery App for Mac & PC (finds connected MOTU interfaces)
  • MOTU Discovery App for iOS (available from Apple App Store)
  • MOTU Pro Audio Control web app (served from the hardware itself)
  • MOTU Audio Tools (FFT, oscilloscope, X-Y plot, phase analyzer)
  • AudioDesk 4.0 for Mac & PC (separate download)

Operating Systems

  • For computer audio I/O: Mac OS X 10.8 or later; Windows 7 or later
  • For web app control: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android

Analog I/O Specifications

Connector type Dynamic range
(A-weighted)
THD+N
(unweighted)
Max
level
Trim range
(in 1 dB steps)
Line output Male XLR 123 dB -110 dB +20 dBu 24 dB (-4 to +20)
Mic input Female XLR 117 dB -110 dB +24 dBu
(with pad)
63 dB
Phones 1/4″, TRS stereo 112 dB -94 dB Max. 80 mw 128 dB

Compatible Mac Software

The Stage-B16 ships with standard Core Audio drivers for Mac OS X for compatibility with virtually all Core Audio-compatible apps, including:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Apple Logic Express
  • Apple Garage Band
  • Apple SoundTrack Pro
  • Ableton Live
  • Propellerhead Record & Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)

Compatible Windows Software

The Stage-B16 ships with standard ASIO and Wave drivers for Windows 10, 8 and 7 for compatibility with virtually all ASIO- and Wave-compatible audio apps, including:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
  • Ableton Live
  • Cakewalk Sonar
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Propellerhead Record & Reason
  • Image Line FL Studio
  • Sony Vegas Pro
  • Sony Sound Forge
  • Sony Acid
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via compatible host)

Stage-B16 Feature Summary

Three products in one

1) DSP-equipped stage box with AVB Ethernet “digital snake” connectivity, 2) 12-bus digital mixer with wireless control and 3) universally compatible audio interface for Mac and Windows.

Studio-quality analog performance up to 192 kHz

For example, the XLR analog outputs produce 123 dB dynamic range.

16 studio-grade mic inputs

Each equipped with individual preamps, 48V phantom power and -20dB pad. Also includes eight analog outs on XLRs, 4 channels of AES/EBU output and phones.

Precision Digital Trim™

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.

On-board DSP with mixing and effects

Flexible 48-input digital mixer modeled after large format mixing consoles, with 12 stereo busses and DSP effects, including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate, and compression.

Web app control from any device

Control on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from innovative web app software running in your favorite browser on a laptop, tablet or smartphone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network.

Stand-alone operation with wireless control

Connect an Apple® Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router with a standard Ethernet cable for wireless control of device settings, powerful 48-channel mixing and DSP effects from your smartphone or tablet, without a computer.

32-bit floating point processing

The Stage-B16’s mixing and effects DSP engine delivers virtually unlimited headroom and the utmost in sound quality.

Modeled vintage effects processing

Classic reverb. Compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A compressor. EQ modeled after British analog console EQs.

System expansion

Add a 2nd MOTU AVB interface (1248, 8M, 16A, 24Ai, 24Ao, 112D or Monitor 8) with a simple CAT-5e ethernet cable. Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately).

AVB audio networking

Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB switches and 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

Connects to your computer with standard AVB Ethernet or audio class compliant hi-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS). Compatible with all audio software.

AudioDesk

Includes AudioDesk workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering.

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