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Phonic IS16 Digital Mixer  
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Digital mixer with a mountain of features.

The Phonic IS16 Digital Mixer is an advanced digital mixer with the usability of an analog console. On the surface, the IS16 is a 16 input channel mixer with a set of XLR and 1/4" inputs on each channel. But the IS16 offers so much more. The Phonic IS16 Digital Mixer packs an entire studio worth of gear into a small, compact system. Delay, EQ and dynamics are found on all input and output channels, so there is no need for external processors. Digital AES/EBU inputs and outputs are included, which allow for expanding the scope of your system by connecting it to external digital consoles.

A 31-band graphic equalizer is available on the DFX processor for complete refinement of main signals. The built-in VGA output connector allows all functions to be viewed with ease on any modern computer monitor. A USB/FireWire interface allows PC and Mac connectivity through USB 2.0 and FireWire connections. With built-in EQs, dynamics, delays, digital effects, signal generator, and a meter bridge, the Phonic IS16 Digital Mixer is powerful enough to suit multiple applications - as a live sound reinforcement mixer, a stage and in-ear monitor mixer, or for producing professional studio recordings.

Features
  • 16 mono mic/line with insert points and grouped phantom power
  • Internal digital sampling rate up to 96 kHz in 24-bit resolution
  • Compact design
  • 100 mm motorized faders arranged in a familiar analog mixer arrangement
  • Intuitive GUI interface accessed through a full color touch-screen
  • 31-band GEQ available on EFX 1 and Main Out, 15-band GEQ on EFX 2
  • 4-band parametric EQs on all input channels, multi outputs and main outputs
  • Digital AES/EBU input and output
  • Eight balanced 1/4" phone jack 'multi' outputs
  • 8 AUX and 8 Group buses assignable to ‘multi’ outputs
  • Dual true algorithm-based multi-effects processor. Effects can be applied to any input channel, aux send or group, and the stereo effect signals can be assigned to main stereo mix or all eight multi outputs
  • 25 dynamic processors available on input channels, ‘multi’ outputs and main mix
  • Save and instantly recall scenes at the touch of a button
  • Processing accomplished through a high quality 40-bit floating point digital signal processor
  • Includes FireWire/USB interface for multi-track PC and Mac connectivity through USB 2.0 / FireWire interface
  • VGA D-Sub output: Progressive scan up to 1024x768p@60Hz (XGA)
  • All features and functions of the IS16 accessed through use of a USB 2.0 mouse
  • Audio Interface compatible with Windows XP, Vista & 7 and Mac OSX operating systems
  • Wireless control through Wi-Fi connection (includes USB wifi stick model no. UTD10 )
  • Ethernet connection for remote operation through local area network
  • Remote level adjustments through HTML5 interface using computer, smartphone or tablet
  • Gooseneck lamp included

Order today and demystify digital music.

 

IS16 Digital Mixer Specifications:

  • Analog Inputs: MIC In : 16 x XLR Balanced (ch 1-16) Line In : 16 x TRS Balanced jacks (Ch 1-16)
  • Insert I/O: 16 x Phone jacks (Unbalanced)
  • 2TR IN Analog: 2 x RCA (Unbalanced)
  • Stereo Output: 2 x XLR Balanced 2 x RCA (Unbalanced)
  • Main Output: 2 x XLR Balanced
  • Control Room Output: 2 x XLR Balanced
  • Multi Outputs: 8 x TRS Balanced
  • AUX/Group Output: 8 x TRS Balanced (Shared through Multi)
  • Phones: 1 x Stereo Phone jack (TRS Unbalanced)
  • Digital I/O: (AES/EBU) 2 x XLR Balanced
  • Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz (40-Bit Floating Point Mixing)
  • Signal Delay (CH INPUT to STEREO OUT): Fs=48 kHz <1.2ms, Fs=96 kHz <0.6ms
  • Faders: 17 x 100mm motorized faders
  • Word Clock I/O: 2 x BNC Connectors
  • Distortion (THD + N): THD+N less than 0.007%, +4 dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, 20 kHz BW
  • Frequency Response (CH INPUT to STEREO OUT): Fs=48, 96kHz, 0/-1.5dBu, 20 Hz – 20 kHz @ +4dBu into 600Ω
  • Hum & Noise: (20 Hz – 20 kHz), Rs=150, -128dBu (EIN), -90dBu (residual output noise)
  • Optional Expansion Card: A standalone 16-channel PCM WAV recorder and a Firewire/USB 2.0 multitrack recording audio interface; USB 3.0 flash drives compatible
  • VGA Monitor output: D-Sub 15 pin: Progressive scan up to 1024x768p@60Hz (XGA)
  • Ethernet 10/100 Base: RJ45
  • USB 2.0 MIDI: Type B
  • USB 2.0 (Mouse and Wi-Fi): Type A x 2
  • Power Supply Unit: 100V – 240V, 50/60 Hz, 90W
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 6.46" x 1935" x 21")
  • Weight: 37.5lb
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PhonicIS16 Digital Mixer
 
3.7

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Compact (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Simple controls (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (5)
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    4.0

    1st Digital Mixer...and I like it!

    By Mopar Zack

    from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Learning curve
    • Signal Routing

    Best Uses

      Comments about Phonic IS16 Digital Mixer:

      I was looking for a replacement for my failing sound card/computer interface, and saw this on sale.

      It serves two main functions in my setup: 1.) As a mixer and direct recording interface for my keyboard setup. 2.) As a recording and monitoring interface for the rest of my studio. With the ability to store and recall setups, this thing has made my life a lot easier.

      This appears to be marketed as a "live" mixer, but the quality of the mic preamps and AD/DA converters make it equally usable in the studio.

      The only two negatives are the learning curve and the signal routing. As with any device this complex, be prepared to spend time with the manual, and get a thorough understanding of the block diagram. The possibilities for application are almost endless...but there are some limitations.

      One omission that really irks me is that you cannot record the main mix out without looping the output back into a pair of inputs. This means that that you have to go through one DA and another AD conversion, and thus you lose some quality.

      Also, the onboard effects are OK. The delay on each channel is simplistic, and I wish there was a control to set a hi and low pass on the delay signal. But, the compressor is actually pretty good sounding.

      Otherwise, I'm very happy with it, and would recommend this to anyone looking for a flexible and good sounding mixer.

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      4.0

      modest upgrade to Summit Digital Console

      By Desert Fox

      from in a box

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Compact
      • Excellent Sound
      • Flying Faders
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Phonic IS16 Digital Mixer:

        Purchased as an upgrade to my existing Phonic Summit Digital Console, which is its predecessor. The Summit has performed flawlessly with over 400 live performances under its belt and hours of tracking in the studio via FireWire to several different DAW packages/platforms. The IS16 has the following upgrades over its previous incarnation:

        WiFi and Ethernet connectivity for remote control via iPad.
        VGA and USB mouse connectivity for larger screen and input method.
        Faster processor, more responsive touch screen.
        Color scheme on buttons has been changed.
        Minor changes to icons and graphics on touch screen.
        31 channel GEQ on the Mains (4 position parametric EQ still available)
        There is a connector for an advertised LED console lamp but one was not in the box I received.
        The FireWire USB interface is advertised as having direct recording capabilities to SD card but there is no such feature.
        The way the plastic side pieces attach has been changed and the rack ears are a bit different. Rack ears are interchangeable with the previous version.
        Power supply is the same.
        Interconnection of the 2 mixers can be done via FireWire for use in DAW or via AES/EBU for live performances.
        Linking channels for inverse ganging works but loses its setting while adjusting Aux sends where the individual channel faders appear no longer linked.

        My signal path looks like this -> Phonic IS16 -> DEQ2496 via AES/EBU -> Denon F650R SD recorder via AES/EBU -> back to Phonic IS16 (or to the old Summit if I need 32 channels)for AES/EBU input. I have a SD card DJ mixer (SDJ-2)plugged in to the Denon for break music between sets. This gets the sound to the IS16 via the AES/EBU chain which prevents getting any of that sound coming through the monitor channels (as it would if you used 2 track ch. 15&16). As far as FOH sound, I come off the DEQ2496 via optical cable to a SRC2496, where I then go AES/EBU to a DCX2496 which then has 6 outputs to speakers. This signal path allows for all EQ, feedback filtering, delay and all other paramters to be adjusted/modified in the digital realm from the mixing board all the way to the crossover/loudspeaker management system. As far as I can remember, the Presonus and most other boards lack the AES/EBU connectors which make my setup possible.

        While there is a learning curve with any new equipment, the IS16 has plenty of features to explore and utilize. There are effects available on each channel -> this alone replaces an entire rack of effects gear. 8 multi-outputs work well for monitors, in-ear monitors, aux-fed subwoofers or routing to outboard effect processing. 8 Aux sends can be assigned to multi-outputs or effects with the output routeable to mains or groups. Control Room output also good for hunting down feedback by soloing Aux or channels. SD card stores scenes, cutting down on sound check time at the same venue. Also can store EQ profiles/settings to be applied to individual channels. There are WorldCock connectors which I have never needed to use.

        While the Presonus units have captured a majority of the digital console market, the IS16 is a strong contender and should not be overlooked when shopping for a new digital mixing console. The pricing is good compared to others. I had been looking at the Behringer x32 system but it is much more expensive, especially if you go all-in with the digital snake and personal monitor mix boxes.

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        3.0

        "Phonic IS16" vs "Behringer x32 Compact"

        By dougalex

        from Boston MA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Phonic IS16 Digital Mixer:

        The "Phonic IS16" is a fine choice if your budget is strictly limited to that price point. For me, the lack of "external aux returns" did compel me to also try out the "Behringer x32 Compact". After doing so , I decided very quickly that I would gladly spend the extra money to move up to the "big-league" "x32 Compact". The robust external I/O, signal routing, and on-board effects on the "x32 Compact" are really stunning compared to Phonic IS16 and completely justify the extra cost of "x32 Compact" over the "Phonic IS16". But again, "Phonic IS16" is a fine choice if your budget is strictly limited to that price point.

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        4.0

        Great digital mixer

        By Larry60

        from Canada

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Phonic IS16 Digital Mixer:

          Great mixer. Lots of different ways to do things. Either touch screen or using the physical dials. Scene recall takes a about 3-4 seconds, so you have to be careful which mics, etc. you do not want to modify such as a MC mic. Yet to get the USB working on my computer. Comparing this with other digital on the market at this price point, you have real motorized faders and a touch screen built in. Cannot say that for others that I have worked with and owned. Over all great mixer. Good clean sound. Lots of head room on the pre-amps.

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          4.0

          review ammended

          By Preston Davis

          from Asheville NC

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          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Compact
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Phonic IS16 Digital Mixer:

            After more time working with the IS16 I realized it deserves another star. Any device will have some shortcomings; time and a little creativity applied can usually yield workarounds. I wanted to use the IS16 processed signal for tracking but I can just as well uee my UAD plugins at point of input in my DAW. The sound quality of the pre's bests my RME FF 800 and the reverbs for live are really smooth, I only wish I could use them for tracking... Have yet to try the new remote app, will have to wait for android version.

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            3.0

            nice mixer

            By Preston Davis

            from Asheville NC

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Phonic IS16 Digital Mixer:

            I do really like this mixer; effects, dynamics, pre's are all more than adequate at this price point. Unfortunately for me I found I needed direct outs to use just the pre's in my DAW configuration. I tried the inserts but there is a slight delay that is not acceptable for my uses. I may wait for the A&H Qu16 or just go analog.

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