S16: Standalone Operation
The S16 does not necessarily need to be used in conjunction with the X32 console. A pair of S16 units can be linked to send 16 channels to and from the stage, providing a high-quality digital snake that can work with any analog mixer.
In this scenario, a master S16 will be placed at FOH near the main mixing console, and the other on the stage (see ’S16 as standalone snake’ hookup diagram). The FOH unit must be set to SN MASTER mode so that it can control the preamps of the unit on stage. All sends from FOH to the stage can be connected to INTPUTS 1-8 on the ’master’ S16, which will appear at the on-stage unit’s XLR OUTPUTS. Connect all the sound sources from the performers to INPUTS 1-16 of the on-stage S16. Channels 1-8 will appear at the ’master’ S16’s XLR OUTPUTS and channels 9-16 will appear at the ADAT OUTPUT. Connect the ADAT 9-16 OUTPUT to an ADA8000 or similar preamp to provide analog XLR outputs. The outputs from the ’master’ S16 and the ADA8000 can be connected to any sort of main console for mixing, analog or digital.
Note - when using a pair of S16 units as a standalone digital snake, the master unit at FOH is able to control the mic gains of the unit(s) on stage. However, in order to do so, one must press the SELECT/ADJUST button on the master unit so that the display reads “St 1”.
For recording applications, a single S16 can also be used as a high-quality mic preamp. Connect the sound sources to the INPUTS 1-16, and send those channels via ADAT to an interface or ADAT card installed in your computer. For this scenario, the S16 must be set to SPLITTER mode.