Digital mixing is certainly revolutionizing the live entertainment paradigm. But one thing that hasn't changed in a long time is having to roll out that heavy, dirty old analog snake. That is until now! The new S16 Digital Snake from Behringer takes the burden out of connecting your FOH (Front of House) console with the talent. The S16 provides 16 fully programmable, remotely controllable high-end mic preamps plus 8 analog, balanced XLR returns at the stage end, and connects to the FOH via a single Cat 5 cable without the need for a dedicated router. KLARK TEKNIK, a longtime industry leader in the development of high-end digital audio processing, provided the SuperMAC technology that made all of this possible, and Behringer makes it affordable.
When used as part of a complete X32 system, two S16 stage boxes can be cascaded via the built-in AES50 ports, providing connectivity for up to 32 mic/line inputs, 16 balanced outputs and the incredibly-affordable Powerplay P-16 Personal Monitoring System, which can feed up to 48 individual monitor mixers. Also included are two optical ADAT sockets for connecting channels 1-8 and 9-16 to outboard devices, a convenient USB port for system updates via your PC, plus MIDI I/O for lighting systems and sound module control.
Standalone Snake Mode
Although the S16 was initially designed for use with Behringer's flagship X32 digital consoles, any mixing board with AES50 networking capability can tap into the S16's powerful feature set. So if you happen to work on an analog mixing board occasionally, you could use two pairs of S16 and ADA8000 (A/D-D/A converter) to form a high-performance, lightweight 16 x 16 digital snake, all on one CAT5 connection, maintaining the preamp remote control functionality.
Remotely Controllable Preamps Make Setup a Breeze
Having to run back and forth to FOH, or trying to communicate with a tech on stage tracking down a bad cable or connection can really put a crimp in the gig. S16's ingenious monitoring / head amp control section allows you to select any one of the 16 inputs, 8 bus outputs or P16 output streams for immediate line checks. In addition to signal metering at the stage box, you can set individual input channel gain, apply +48 V phantom power, and you have the option of listening directly to the input signal via headphones. Once set, all configuration settings can be locked at the console for total system security.
Seamless Integration with P-16 Personal Monitoring System
The Ultranet port on the S16 lets you connect directly to the Behringer Powerplay P16 system, which provides an easy and very affordable means to give your musicians and vocalists what they really want: "more me!" P16-M Personal Mixers let each performer take control of what they hear, allowing you to concentrate on providing the audience with the best possible listening experience. Fast and easy to set up, a basic system can be installed and configured in a matter of minutes and the system can be expanded to adapt to changing needs.
Klark Teknik AES50
Klark Teknik SuperMAC (AES50-compliant) technology gives the S16 its high-capacity digital interconnectivity with ultra-low latency operation, as well as superbly simple deployment and ease of use. Klark Teknik engineers worked hand-in-hand with Behringer product developers to ensure the S16 meets or exceeds the requirements of live performance entertainers and their professional audio engineers. Some of the outstanding features are:
- 48 bidirectional audio channels over Cat 5 cable (48 kHz)
- 24 bidirectional audio channels over Cat 5 cable (96 kHz)
- Single cable duplex interconnection for audio and sample clocks
- Ethernet physical layer audio data transmission
- High channel count and ultra-low deterministic latency
- Accurate phase-aligned clock distribution
- Comprehensive error detection and management
- Provision for redundant networking
- Minimal configuration, total ease of deployment and use
- Ethernet TCP/IP protocol-compatible auxiliary data channel
- Royalty-free implementations available as Xilinx FPGA cores
- OEM modules available from developer partners
As you can see, the S16 is an extremely versatile 16 x 8 digital stage box solution with lots of unique features, at a price that anyone can afford. Built tough to withstand the rigors of the road, S16 only takes up two rack spaces and connects to FOH with a single, inexpensive Cat 5 cable. Now you can have the missing link between the stage and FOH at a fraction of the cost of competing systems, all backed by a comprehensive 3-year warranty program.