S16: Configuring the S16

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By using the CONFIG button and SELECT/ADJUST knob, the S16 can be configured to suit many different applications. The STATUS LEDs indicate the current settings. By holding the CONFIG knob while turning the SELECT/ADJUST knob, you can scroll through all 10 configuration options. See the Operation Mode Chart for the routing details of each configuration setting.

When using multiple S16 units, activating SN(ake) MASTER mode on one unit allows that unit to control the preamp gain of the second unit. An S16 set to SN MASTER will also dictate the overall clock synchronization (44.1 or 48 kHz). This is useful when using a pair of S16s as a standalone digital snake (16 x 16) or a 32-channel mic preamp via ADAT. See the ’Standalone Operation’ section for details.

SPLITTER mode routes the 16 local analog inputs directly to the ADAT outputs and P16 output. This is useful when using the S16 as a standalone snake where the P16 monitor mix cannot be adjusted from an X32 console. Additionally, the S16 can be used as a high-quality mic preamp that sends the 16 inputs to an interface or computer with an ADAT card for recording purposes. When SPLITTER mode is off, the ADAT outputs carry AES50 channels 17-32 and the P16 output carries channels 33-48.

The OUT +8 and OUT +16 options shift the XLR outputs for use with multiple S16s. For example, if a connection scenario involves 3 daisy-chained S16s, the first unit will carry AES50 channels 1-8. The second unit should be set to OUT +8 so that its analog outputs carry channels 9-16, and the 3rd S16 should be set to OUT +16 so that its analog outputs carry channels 17-24. This way you can provide up to 24 return signals to the stage. Alternatively, you may also use the same block of 8 output signals on a set of distributed S16 stageboxes.


Digital Snake S16 Operation Mode Chart

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