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Soundcraft Ui16 Digital Mixer with Wi-Fi Router 

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The Ui16 is part of Soundcraft's Ui Series mixers featuring cross-platform compatibility with iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS, and Linux devices, and c...Click To Read More About This Product

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16-input remote-controlled digital mixer.

The Ui16 is part of Soundcraft's Ui Series mixers featuring cross-platform compatibility with iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS, and Linux devices, and can use up to 10 control devices simultaneously. In addition, the Ui16 also features built-in HARMAN signal processing from dbx, DigiTech and Lexicon, including dbx AFS2, DigiTech Amp Modeling, and more. Every model in the Ui Series features fully recallable and remote-controlled mic gain and phantom power, along with 4-band parametric EQ, high-pass filter, compressor, de-esser and noise gate on input channels.

The Ui16 incorporates a 31-band graphic EQ, noise gate and compressor on all outputs, plus real-time frequency analyser (RTA) on inputs and outputs. Built in are three dedicated Lexicon FX busses: Reverb, Delay and Chorus. In addition, mixer controls include Subgroups, Mute groups and View groups, among others. The Ui Series mixers feature full Show/Snapshot recallability with channel recall safes. while security lockout features allow customization of device access to only specific functions and mixes if needed. THe Ui16 also offers independent network interfaces on board for simultaneous control by Wi-Fi and Ethernet, plus a floor-ready rugged chassis for live applications.

The Ui16 boasts eight XLR combo mic/line inputs, four XLR mic inputs, two channels of Hi- Z/instrument inputs, as well as a stereo RCA line input. A 2-channel USB media player is included, along with four balanced XLR Aux outputs, two quarter-inch headphone outputs with level control, plus balanced stereo XLR and quarter-inch main outputs. Two-channel USB audio playback is compatible with MP3, WAV and AIFF formats, and 2-channel USB Record direct-to-memory devices functionality is possible as well. The Ui16 also has an HDMI display connection output.

FEATURES
  • Format
  • Analog/digital: Digital
  • Powered: No
  • Output (8 ohms): Not applicable
  • Analog inputs
  • Total: 16
  • Mic preamps: 8
  • XLR/TRS combo jacks: 6
  • XLR only jacks: 6
  • 1/4" only jacks: 2
  • RCA (stereo pair): 2
  • Phantom power: Yes (+48V)
  • Analog outputs
  • Main XLR out: 2
  • Main 1/4" out: 2
  • Aux XLR: 4
  • Aux 1/4": No
  • RCA (stereo pair): No
  • Headphone: 2
  • Onboard effects
  • Compression: Yes
  • Reverb: Yes
  • Delay: Yes
  • Chorus/flange: Yes
  • Equalization
  • Type: Virtual
  • Bands per channel: 31
  • Treble: Yes
  • High midrange: Yes
  • Sweep high midrange: Yes
  • Midrange: Yes
  • Sweep midrange: Yes
  • Low midrange: Yes
  • Sweep Low midrange: Yes
  • Low: Yes
  • Q: Yes
  • Low cut: Yes
  • Master graphic: No
  • Inserts/buses
  • Inserts (channel): 4
  • Inserts (master): Not applicable
  • Buses: Not applicable
  • Sub groups: 4
  • Connectivity
  • USB: Yes
  • FireWire: No
  • WiFi: Yes
  • ADAT: No
  • Thunderbolt: No
  • S/PDIF No
  • MIDI: No
  • Other
  • Width: info not available
  • Height: info not available
  • Depth: info not available
  • Weight: info not available
  • Automation: Yes
  • Fader type: Virtual
  • Motorized faders: No
  • Bundled software: Yes

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SoundcraftUi16 Digital Mixer with Wi-Fi Router
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Compact (12)
  • Excellent sound (12)
  • Versatile (12)
  • Simple controls (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
  • Soundtracks (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (11), Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The best rack mount wireless digital mixer yet

This unit is awesome! In just 4 rack spaces you have a wireless digital mixer with no limitations as to which wireless device you can use (not sucked up to Apple &...Read complete review

This unit is awesome! In just 4 rack spaces you have a wireless digital mixer with no limitations as to which wireless device you can use (not sucked up to Apple & IPads), digital EQ on every channel, aux send and mains, Automatic Feedback Suppression, digital effects (reverb, delay, chorus), compression, limiting and gate controls, amp modeling, show & scene snapshots, track naming, track chaining (for stereo inputs), xlr combo inputs on 8 channels - xlr only on 4, usb play & record, software update by usb port and so much more. I have reduced my rack equipment from 3, 12 space racks to 1, 10 space rack. Gone are the EQs, compressors, digital effects, etc. (and even a guitar amp if you need complete simplicity) and other outboard bear along with all the power strips, cables and all else that goes with them. The sound is pristine and everything is adjustable at the swipe of a finger. I have had no issue with the wi-fi range or dropouts of any kind. And the kicker is this product is in its infancy with software updates that will bring new features and make this an even better deal. The only complaint I have is they should have equipped it with 16 analog inputs (there is plenty of space to have had 4 more xlr/combo inputs) instead of 12 + 2 rca + 2 digital. Don't count the extra odd inputs of dubious usage, this is really only a 12 channel mixer but, a really outstanding one. I would but this again in a heartbeat.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great mixer except for one glaring undelivered promise.

The UI16 is a great mixer. The sound quality is great. The routing and processing options are excellent. The recallability of different "scenes" is a lifesaver for gigs and rehearsal spaces...Read complete review

The UI16 is a great mixer. The sound quality is great. The routing and processing options are excellent. The recallability of different "scenes" is a lifesaver for gigs and rehearsal spaces where multiple bands share the same PA.

But, there's one big dumb drawback. The HDMI interface hasn't been implemented yet, and according to Soundcraft tech support on 3/7/16, it still isn't going to be as of the upcoming update.

I bought mine nearly a year ago, partially on the merit that I could use any HTML 5 device or connect an HDMI monitor/keyboard/mouse. A couple months ago I finally bought a monitor so I could use keyboard and mouse (mobile devices are fine, but the controls are touchy and the occasional resultant feedback is a real downer. Guess what! Black screen. Only then did I notice in the documentation that the HDMI feature hadn't been implemented yet. After a not terribly helpful call to Soundcraft tech support, I was told they have no idea when that feature will be implemented.

It's pretty lame to take your product to market before it's fully functional, and lamer yet to keep kicking the can on when (if?) it will be fully functional.

Grrr...

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great mixer except for one glaring undelivered promise.

By Dan

from Columbus, OH

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances
    • Rehearsals

    Comments about Soundcraft Ui16 Digital Mixer with Wi-Fi Router:

    The UI16 is a great mixer. The sound quality is great. The routing and processing options are excellent. The recallability of different "scenes" is a lifesaver for gigs and rehearsal spaces where multiple bands share the same PA.

    But, there's one big dumb drawback. The HDMI interface hasn't been implemented yet, and according to Soundcraft tech support on 3/7/16, it still isn't going to be as of the upcoming update.

    I bought mine nearly a year ago, partially on the merit that I could use any HTML 5 device or connect an HDMI monitor/keyboard/mouse. A couple months ago I finally bought a monitor so I could use keyboard and mouse (mobile devices are fine, but the controls are touchy and the occasional resultant feedback is a real downer. Guess what! Black screen. Only then did I notice in the documentation that the HDMI feature hadn't been implemented yet. After a not terribly helpful call to Soundcraft tech support, I was told they have no idea when that feature will be implemented.

    It's pretty lame to take your product to market before it's fully functional, and lamer yet to keep kicking the can on when (if?) it will be fully functional.

    Grrr...

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?

    By LT

    from Central WI

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Limited Documentation

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Soundcraft Ui16 Digital Mixer with Wi-Fi Router:

    I haven't had it long, so longevity is up in the air. It was delivered Friday afternoon and was in use at a show 3 hours later. Wireless had a couple of drop-outs but reconnected automatically within seconds. Setup was easy, controls are spot-on, no latency issues, navigation is easy, feedback elimination was easy to set up and works, the lexicon effects are really great and being browser based gives the ability to control it from anything with no app crashes. I used a laptop for main control and a tablet to wander around and fine-tune. Two shows this weekend, one I ran sound for two bands and the other was our own show and our sound tech, who initially turned their nose up at it gave it a thumbs up by the end of the night. Scenes can be saved for "per song" basis, great if you have any special settings needed without having to dial them in manually, shows can be saved for recall when playing the same venues, or as a base line for other venues. Haven't played with the amp/ cab modeling or the record option yet, but if these functions work as good as the rest I'm sure there will be no disappointment. The one thing I would have liked to see is a full 16 main inputs instead of 12, but it's enough for me, outputs are plentiful, 4 aux outs plus 2 headphone jacks can be configured as aux outs for a total of 6. The only "issue" I am having with it so far is I do want to be able to run it via a LAN cable if we ever have connectivity issues, Windows 8 recognizes it but doesn't want to connect to it and the documentation isn't much help here. I'm sure I'll be able to configure it manually, but a little more help from the user manual would have been nice... It can be run as simple or as in depth as you want, very versatile and definitely worth buying at this price! With active speakers just this and a handful of cables is all that's needed, no more snakes, big mixers, rack boxes full of eq's, compressors, gates. So much less to haul around, wish I had gotten one sooner!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best rack mount wireless digital mixer yet

    By SoCalDave

    from Inland Empire California

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Music Videos
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • Soundtracks

      Comments about Soundcraft Ui16 Digital Mixer with Wi-Fi Router:

      This unit is awesome! In just 4 rack spaces you have a wireless digital mixer with no limitations as to which wireless device you can use (not sucked up to Apple & IPads), digital EQ on every channel, aux send and mains, Automatic Feedback Suppression, digital effects (reverb, delay, chorus), compression, limiting and gate controls, amp modeling, show & scene snapshots, track naming, track chaining (for stereo inputs), xlr combo inputs on 8 channels - xlr only on 4, usb play & record, software update by usb port and so much more. I have reduced my rack equipment from 3, 12 space racks to 1, 10 space rack. Gone are the EQs, compressors, digital effects, etc. (and even a guitar amp if you need complete simplicity) and other outboard bear along with all the power strips, cables and all else that goes with them. The sound is pristine and everything is adjustable at the swipe of a finger. I have had no issue with the wi-fi range or dropouts of any kind. And the kicker is this product is in its infancy with software updates that will bring new features and make this an even better deal. The only complaint I have is they should have equipped it with 16 analog inputs (there is plenty of space to have had 4 more xlr/combo inputs) instead of 12 + 2 rca + 2 digital. Don't count the extra odd inputs of dubious usage, this is really only a 12 channel mixer but, a really outstanding one. I would but this again in a heartbeat.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Wi-fi cuts out

      By Concerned parishoner

      from Erie, Pa

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily
        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

          Comments about Soundcraft Ui16 Digital Mixer with Wi-Fi Router:

          We have two of these in our church and one went bad after 3 months. Soundcraft will not fix the unit. Hmmm.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Great concept, but some HTML5 interface bugs

          By Arlin

          from Iowa

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events

            Comments about Soundcraft Ui16 Digital Mixer with Wi-Fi Router:

            The Soundcraft Ui is a great, convenient, portable mixer. I especially like the fact that you don't need to download & install an app to use it. Just connect to the wifi and control it with your browser by opening a web page.
            I have not experienced the noisy output (hiss) that some have complained about.
            But, I have found some major bugs in the user interface (with firmware version V1.0.4246):

            1.) MAJOR BUG: Show & Snapshots page hangs/freezes in the Ui touch interface.
            Phone interface only - the tablet interface web page does not have this issue.
            The 'OK' & 'Cancel' buttons in the dialog pop-up are unresponsive to touch/tap when saving a new snapshot, or saving the current snapshot, or renaming a snapshot, or deleting a snapshot. This makes navigation impossible and the interface is essentially frozen.
            For example, when deleting a snapshot, a confirmation dialog pop-up is displayed with 'OK' & 'CANCEL' buttons. But, neither button responds to a touch/tap. There is no other way to exit the delete snapshot dialog and return to mixer view... the entire interface is hung. Browser session must be restarted to at least get control back.
            Thus, it is impossible to use snapshots with the phone interface.

            2.) Normal BUG: The Edge Browser in Windows 10 does not work with a touchscreen display.
            Mouse control & tapping the touchscreen work fine in the Edge browser. BUT, using the touchscreen to drag faders does not work.

            3.) MINOR User Interface issue: Difficult to keep finger on a fader in the phone interface.
            This behavior has been verified with an iPhone 5s, an Android Nexus 7, and an iPad (all loading the phone interface).
            The Tablet interface allows my finger to drift off of the fader strip after grabbing and dragging it, keeping control of the fader.
            BUT, using the Phone interface, fader control is lost when the the touch finger drifts off of the fader strip.

            I notified Soundcraft more than 3 months ago. Still, they have not been addressed.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Technology - Easy to Use

            By Gbox

            from Central NJ

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Compact
            • Easy To Learn
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Size And Design
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Soundcraft Ui16 Digital Mixer with Wi-Fi Router:

              Awesome technology. Now able to sound-check and set controls while away from stage area. No remote station or snake needed. Easy to learn controls.
              I suggest having an extra tablet or computer around. This unit won't fail but you have to be sure you have access via your tablet (any, no software or apps involved; just the HTML browser). Bring an extra one or even have a laptop on hand.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Would buy again!

              By Joel UniK

              from Bronx, NY

              About Me Professional Musician

              See all my reviews

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Soundcraft Ui16 Digital Mixer with Wi-Fi Router:

                Best Mixer I ever owned! all features are as described with no missed opportunities. Great sound, good rugged construction. you can use your tape out of an existing board to get more channels if desired. Great effects, Love it! The aux outs can be stereo linked to provide two sets of stereo monitors.

                 
                5.0

                Small In Size, Big On Features & Functionality

                By Jerry

                from Austin, Texas

                About Me Professional Musician

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Built-in Wi-Fi Can Be Iffy At Times

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording
                • Soundtracks

                Comments about Soundcraft Ui16 Digital Mixer with Wi-Fi Router:

                I'm a recent purchaser but an experienced user, having helped a friend learn to use his over the past year.
                I will use this mixer for live gigs, festivals, & record mastering for distribution CDs. I have opted to used my Ui-16 with an attached external wi-fi router as the mixer's built-in wi-fi hot spot can be problematic in areas of heavy wi-fi activity. I was able to buy the mixer at a discount near the same price as the Ui-12. I do a lot of PA & recording work for a lot of small (4 or 5 piece) acoustic bands and this mixer is absolutely perfect for my needs. I can't say enough good things about about the built-in features & flexibility.

                 
                5.0

                So far, Excellent

                By Melinda Chaney Music

                from Chattanooga, Tennessee

                About Me Professional Musician

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Performances
                  • Soundtracks

                  Comments about Soundcraft Ui16 Digital Mixer with Wi-Fi Router:

                  Love this technology. This unit allows us to eliminate many of our rackmount effect.
                  Have only used it in a rehearsal setting so far, but gigging with it this weekend. Very pleased!

                   
                  4.0

                  Great digital mixer! Easy to use right out of the box!

                  By Jeep

                  from Charleston, SC

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Controls
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • No Apps To Download
                  • Short Learning Curve
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Live Music
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Soundcraft Ui16 Digital Mixer with Wi-Fi Router:

                    Extremely easy to set up and use right out of the box. Very short learning curve. No apps to download. It populates your device as soon as you connect to it. I'm using it for live band performances for a 5 piece group and controlling it with a laptop connection by Ethernet cable. I prefer the Ethernet cable as a snake since it is the most robust connection with no WiFi interference or signal drop. You can use WiFi easy, I just prefer the hardwired old school connection.

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