MOTU Stage-B16 - 16-Channel Stage Box and Audio Interface

MOTU Stage-B16 - 16-Channel Stage Box and Audio Interface

MOTU Stage-B16 - 16-Channel Stage Box and Audio Interface

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MOTU Stage-B16 - 16-Channel Stage Box and Audio Interface

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  • 3-in-1 Product
  • 16 Microphone Inputs
  • Digital Mixer with Onboard DSP
  • Modeled Vintage Effects
  • 32-bit Floating Point Processing
  • Web App Control
  • Wireless Standalone Use
  • AVB Audio Networking
  • AudioDesk Software
  • Mac OS X, Windows
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MOTU Stage-B16 overview

  • 1Description

The Stage-B16 from MOTU is a 16-input stage box and audio interface with DSP, mixing, Wi-Fi control, and studio-quality analog performance. The stage box section with AVB Ethernet "digital snake" connectivity allows for running sixteen microphone signals to front of house, or anywhere in the network over standard Ethernet cabling. For small- to mid-sized applications, the Stage-B16 takes care of all live sound mixing duties, controlled wirelessly from a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

The universally compatible USB audio interface function for Mac and Windows features sixteen studio-grade microphone inputs, with ultra-clean preamps, suitable for use in both a studio or on stage. The individual preamps deliver 117 dB dynamic range and each input is equipped with 63 dB of preamp gain, individual 48V phantom power, and a -20dB pad. Digitally controlled analog preamp gain provides accurate adjustments in 1 dB increments from web app software running on a laptop, tablet or smartphone, with the ability to save gain settings.

The DSP-equipped 48-input, 12-bus digital mixer with wireless control is identical to the mixer found in the company's 1248 and 16A interfaces. Modeled analog EQ and compression with 32-bit float precision delivers classic EQs based on British analog mixing consoles with each input channel providing 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.

The Stage-B16 connects to a computer with audio class compliant hi-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS) for across-the-board compatibility. Alternately, with a Mac running OS X Yosemite (10.10) or later, a standard Ethernet cable can be used for operation as an audio interface. A Quick Setup menu allows for instantly reconfiguring the unit 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, the routing grid and mixer settings can be easily customized to suit specific needs, and then saved as custom presets.

DSP-equipped stage box with AVB Ethernet "digital snake" connectivity, 12-bus digital mixer with wireless control, and universally compatible audio interface for Mac and Windows
Analog performance up to 192 kHz with the XLR analog outputs delivering 123 dB of dynamic range
Sixteen microphone inputs, each with individual preamps, 48V phantom power, and -20 dB pad
Eight XLR analog outputs, four channels of AES/EBU output and 1/4" headphone output
Digitally controlled analog preamp gain provides accurate adjustments in 1 dB increments from web app software running on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, with the ability to save gain settings
Flexible 48-input digital mixer modeled after large format mixing consoles, with twelve stereo busses and DSP effects, including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate, and compression
Control on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from web app software running in a preferred browser on a laptop, tablet or smartphone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to a 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, 48-channel mixing and DSP effects from a smartphone or tablet, without a computer
Mixing and effects DSP engine delivers virtually unlimited headroom using 32-bit floating point processing
Modeled vintage effects include classic reverb, compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A and EQ modeled after British analog console EQs
Add a second MOTU AVB interface (1248, 8M, 16A, 24Ai, 24Ao, 112D or Monitor 8) using a simple CAT-5e Ethernet cable
Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately)
AVB audio networking allows for building 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
Connects to a 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
Includes AudioDesk workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering
UPC: 839128005990
In the Box
MOTU Stage-B16 - 16-Channel Stage Box and Audio Interface
  • AC Power Cable
  • MOTU AVB Discovery App for Mac and Windows
  • MOTU AVB Discovery App for iOS (Available from Apple App Store)
  • MOTU AVB Control Web App
  • AudioDesk 4.0 for Mac and Windows (Download)
  • One (1) Year Limited Warranty
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    • 1Description

    MOTU Stage-B16 specs

    Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
    Analog Inputs 16 x XLR Microphone
    Analog Outputs 8 x XLR Line
    1 x 1/4" TRS Headphone
    Digital Outputs 2 x XLR AES/EBU (4 channels)
    Other Connectors 1 x Ethernet "EtherCon" port (female)
    1 x USB 2.0 audio class compliant, USB 3.0 and iOS compatible
    1 x AVB Ethernet (requires OS X Yosemite)
    Preamps Gain: 0 to +63 dB (digitally controlled) in 1 dB steps
    Dynamic Range: 117 dB (A-weighted)
    THD+N: -110 dB (-1 dBFS, unweighted, 1kHz)
    Maximum Input Level: +24 dBu (with pad)
    Line Outputs Trim Range: 24 dB (-4 to +20 dB) in 1 dB steps
    Dynamic Range: 123 dB (A-weighted)
    THD+N: -110 dB (unweighted)
    Maximum Output Level: +20 dBu (digitally adjustable -4 to +20 dB)
    Headphone Output Trim Range: 128 dB, in 1 dB steps
    Dynamic Range: 112 dB (A-weighted)
    THD+N: -94 dB (unweighted)
    Maximum Output Level: 80 mW
    MIDI 1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI In
    1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI Out
    Channels of I/O 16 In and 12 Out (28 total) @ 1x sample rates
    16 In and 12 Out (28 total) @ 2x sample rates
    16 In and 8 Out (24 total) @ 4x sample rates

    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
    Phantom Power +48V, individually switchable
    Pad -20 dB, individually switchable
    Display 16 x Activity LEDs - 16 input, 8 output, 2 AES
    Power Requirements 100~240 VAC, 50/60 Hz for international auto switching power supply
    0.5 A maximum
    System Requirements Mac
    1 GHz Intel processor or faster
    OS X 10.8 or later
    2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
    Available high-speed USB 2.0 or AVB Ethernet port (AVB Ethernet audio interface operation requires OS X Yosemite)
    Minimum 500 GB hard drive for recording

    1 GHz Pentium processor or faster
    Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
    2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
    Available USB 2.0 or 3.0 port
    Available Ethernet port for firmware updates
    Minimum 500 GB hard drive 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
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 8.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.4 x 14.2 x 6.7"

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