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8816

More than just a summing mixer…

 

The 8816 brings legendary Neve® console sound to 19″ rack format. Using the same topology as the classic 80 Series console, with two Marinair® transformers on the stereo bus output, the 8816 is the ultimate 16 channel rackmount Neve console.

16 Level Controls with +25dB of Gain
-3dB Centre Panning
individual Cut & Solo Switches
independent Cue Sends
2-Track Mix Bus
Headphone Outout
PPM Metering
Up to 192kHz Sampling
Dual Mix Inserts
Mid/Side Processing
Built-In Talkback
Dual Loudspeaker Outputs

Active Analogue Summing

The 8816 Summing Mixer performs like a mini Neve® mixing console with an active summing design providing up to +15dB of gain boost for its 16 individual balanced inputs.

Neve Voltage Mixing

The 8816’s powerful mix bus topology uses voltage mixing through dual Marinair® Transformers. This design was pioneered in the early Neve® 80-series consoles and many revered engineers claim gave those classic recordings that golden, cherished sound. Voltage mixing drops the pre output level to around -80dBu, similar to microphone level, this is then boosed back through the output transformers to drive the final output stage.

Tracking Tools

Packed with Neve® large-format console features, the 8816 is ideal for tracking in the studio. Independent cue sends from all 16 channels, multiple headphone connections & controls and a built-in talkback system, the 8816 is the complete recording package for the small studio.

Mixing Tools

The 8816’s enhanced summing features allows Producers to focus on the mix. Each channel has cut and solo switching options plus a dedicated rotary pan control with -3dB centre panning & S-Law shaping for accurate panning to the extremes.

Monitoring Tools

With the Neve® console monitoring controls on the 8816, there is no need for a separate monitor controller for your studio. Dual balanced or unbalanced loudspeaker outputs can connect to two pairs of studio loudspeakers, with multiple monitoring sources to choose from, including 3.5mm mini-jack for external Iphone/Mp3 player monitoring.

Mix Bus Inserts

To complement the Marinair® transformer-coupled mix bus, the 8816 includes two stereo bus inserts. The second IMR insert features a blend function; ideal for parallel bus compression using your favourite analogue compressors.

Mix Bus Processing

The 8816 features a powerful mid-side processor which can be activated before the insert sends. This feature enables separate processing of mono and stereo information by adding EQ compression or any external processor. In addition, Neve’s proprietary stereo width function further enhances stereo imaging with the width pot sweeping from mono through to a hyper-wide enhanced stereo image, producing musical results at all positions.

Add Channels & Faders

For hands-on control of all 16 mix levels and stereo mix output, pair the 8816 with an 8804 fader pack. This setup transforms the 8816 into a true Neve® console. If 16 channels aren’t enough, combine multiple 8816 units using the 2-Track bus linking feature to create a larger mixing console suited to your studio requirements.

Total Recall Software

Efficiently recall your sessions by connecting the 8816 to your PC/Mac via USB and opening the interactive Neve® Recall software program. Routing and switching are handled automatically at the push of a button, whilst the 8816’s rotary pots are manually tracked to their stored positions – in a matter of seconds.

Analogue & Digital Outputs

The optional A/D conversion card provides a stereo digital output from the 8816 in multiple formats. This card uses premium, Neve® quality converters with switchable headroom settings to integrate with any digital system. The digital outputs are provided in SPDIF 2 & 3, AES 3 and DSD formats, with selectable sample rates of up to 192kHz, and clocking options via AES Sync or word clock BNC connections. This digital converter also featured an ADC insert, allowing external signals to access the high-quality Neve A/D converters.

8816

More than just a summing mixer…

 

The 8816 brings legendary Neve® console sound to 19″ rack format. Using the same topology as the classic 80 Series console, with two Marinair® transformers on the stereo bus output, the 8816 is the ultimate 16 channel rackmount Neve console.

Active Analogue Summing

The 8816 Summing Mixer performs like a mini Neve® mixing console with an active summing design providing up to +15dB of gain boost for its 16 individual balanced inputs.

Neve Voltage Mixing

The 8816’s powerful mix bus topology uses voltage mixing through dual Marinair® Transformers. This design was pioneered in the early Neve® 80-series consoles and many revered engineers claim gave those classic recordings that golden, cherished sound. Voltage mixing drops the pre output level to around -80dBu, similar to microphone level, this is then boosed back through the output transformers to drive the final output stage.

Tracking Tools

Packed with Neve® large-format console features, the 8816 is ideal for tracking in the studio. Independent cue sends from all 16 channels, multiple headphone connections & controls and a built-in talkback system, the 8816 is the complete recording package for the small studio.

Mixing Tools

The 8816’s enhanced summing features allows Producers to focus on the mix. Each channel has cut and solo switching options plus a dedicated rotary pan control with -3dB centre panning & S-Law shaping for accurate panning to the extremes.

Monitoring Tools

With the Neve® console monitoring controls on the 8816, there is no need for a separate monitor controller for your studio. Dual balanced or unbalanced loudspeaker outputs can connect to two pairs of studio loudspeakers, with multiple monitoring sources to choose from, including 3.5mm mini-jack for external Iphone/Mp3 player monitoring.

Mix Bus Inserts

To complement the Marinair® transformer-coupled mix bus, the 8816 includes two stereo bus inserts. The second IMR insert features a blend function; ideal for parallel bus compression using your favourite analogue compressors.

Mix Bus Processing

The 8816 features a powerful mid-side processor which can be activated before the insert sends. This feature enables separate processing of mono and stereo information by adding EQ compression or any external processor. In addition, Neve’s proprietary stereo width function further enhances stereo imaging with the width pot sweeping from mono through to a hyper-wide enhanced stereo image, producing musical results at all positions.

Add Channels & Faders

For hands-on control of all 16 mix levels and stereo mix output, pair the 8816 with an 8804 fader pack. This setup transforms the 8816 into a true Neve® console. If 16 channels aren’t enough, combine multiple 8816 units using the 2-Track bus linking feature to create a larger mixing console suited to your studio requirements.

Total Recall Software

Efficiently recall your sessions by connecting the 8816 to your PC/Mac via USB and opening the interactive Neve® Recall software program. Routing and switching are handled automatically at the push of a button, whilst the 8816’s rotary pots are manually tracked to their stored positions – in a matter of seconds.

Analogue & Digital Outputs

The optional A/D conversion card provides a stereo digital output from the 8816 in multiple formats. This card uses premium, Neve® quality converters with switchable headroom settings to integrate with any digital system. The digital outputs are provided in SPDIF 2 & 3, AES 3 and DSD formats, with selectable sample rates of up to 192kHz, and clocking options via AES Sync or word clock BNC connections. This digital converter also featured an ADC insert, allowing external signals to access the high-quality Neve A/D converters.

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General Specification

  • Hand-built, hand-wired 16-channel summing mixer for use in professional computer-based studios
  • Classic Neve analogue transformer mix bus topology
  • Instant Recall of settings stored on PC or Mac via USB
  • 16 input channels plus aux additional inputs
  • Cue, Level, Pan, Solo and Mute controls
  • Mix Insert points
  • Various solo and solo in place functions
  • Sum and difference insert with exclusive ‘Stereo Width Control’
  • Separate Monitor and Cue levels
  • Main and Alt speaker outs
  • Onboard talkback mic w/talkback input to Cue
  • Units can be cascaded for multiple outputs
  • 2U rackmount design with special shielded power supply
  • 2 track return, plus iPod input
  • Headphone outs on front and back

Audio Performance

  • Input impedance: (balanced+4dBu) >20k Ohms
  • Output impedance: (balanced +4dBu) 50 Ohms
  • Max input level: (balanced) >+26dBu
  • Max output level: (balanced) >+26dBu into 600 Ohms,  (unbalanced) >+14dBu into 600 Ohms
  • Frequency Response: Channel 1 line input to main output 20Hz to 20kHz +/- 0.5dB Better than –3dB @ 60Hz
  • Noise: No channels routed. Better than -86dBu. 20Hz to 20kHz bandwidth. 1 channel routed. Better than -85dBu. 20Hz to 20kHz bandwidth. 16 channels routed. Better than -80dBu. 20Hz to 20kHz bandwidth
  • THD Channel 1 line input to main: 0Hz to 20kHz, better than 0.02%
    measured at +20dBu into 10 Ohms with 80Hz filter

Options

  • 192kHz analogue-to-digital conversion over AES & DSD with external Wordclock options
  • 8804 Fader Pack option available

Dimensions

  • Width: 482.6mm (19 inches)
  • Height: 88mm (3.5 inches)
  • Depth: 390mm (15.4 inches)
  • Weight: 7kg (16 pounds)
  • The unit can be paired with the 8804 Fader Pack, which provides 18 long-throw faders for hands-on control.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I connect the 8816 to my audio interface?

Depending on your audio interface connections, its outputs should connect to the 8816 channel inputs 1 through 16 viaa  D-type connection. The 8816’s stereo mix outputs should connect to two inputs on your audio interface. Full cable breakout information can be found in the later pages of the 8816 User Manual. This setup allows 16 signals from your DAW to be individually mixed through the 8816 analogue circuitry, back into the DAW.

How do I connect the 8816 to my studio monitors and analogue outboard gear?

The 8816 has two loudspeaker outputs labelled Main and Alt. These balanced outputs, which appear at the rear of the unit via D-type Connector 5 – Balanced main Outputs, can be cabled into two sets of stereo studio loudspeakers.  Alternatively, two TRS connections are available labelled Main SPK L & R & ALT SPK L & R, should you require an unbalanced loudspeaker connection. Outboard processors can connect to the 8816 as stereo mix inserts. Two inserts are available, INS and IMR; these connections can be found on D-type Main Insert Outputs & Main Insert Outputs to connect into and out of your outboard processors. Complete cable breakout information can be found in the later pages of the 8816 User Manual.

What are the differences between the two mix inserts on the 8816?

The 8816 insert labelled INS is a pre-fade audio insert over the stereo mix output; this insert can also be configured as mid/side at the push of a button, with the left channel now processing the sum/mono information and the right channel processing the side/difference information. The second insert labelled IMR features a blend function, allowing for parallel processing of compressors etc, across the stereo mix output.

How does stereo width work?

The Width control alters the stereo image from mono, through stereo, to enhanced or wide stereo. “Enhanced Stereo” is a technique used to widen the typical stereo image and involves blending a small amount of phase inverted signal from the left channel into the right channel and vice versa.

How does stereo width work?

The Width control alters the stereo image from mono, through stereo, to enhanced or wide stereo. “Enhanced Stereo” is a technique used to widen the typical stereo image and involves blending a small amount of phase inverted signal from the left channel into the right channel and vice versa.

Can I link multiple 8816's together?

Yes! Multiple 8816’s can link together by using the 2T bus input. The linked unit’s 16 channel outputs would then appear on the main 8816 stereo output. In theory, there is no limit to how many units can connect in this way. However, from a software perspective,  the recall software has a maximum of 16 units controlled from a single software application.

How does the 8816 Cue system work?

The 8816 cue system works by assigning a stereo DAW output to channels 15 & 16; this is the playback channel for overdubbing. Any tracking channels can be sent as a mono cue source from channels 1-14 via the individual cue switches. Performers can overdub easily using this system, connecting to either the front or rear headphone outputs, or a standalone cue monitoring system can connect via the cue left & right outputs accessed from Balanced Main Outputs on D-type connector 5. talkback is also fed into this system for engineer to performer communication.

Why won't my 8816 and 8804 communicate?

The 8816 and 8804 soft switches are linked via the Neve Recall Software. both units must be connected to a computer with the app running for seamless communication, linking cut and solo switches. Each unit must have the same M/S settings on the rear of the 8816 and underneath the 8804, if the 8804 is set to S and the 8816 is set to M, the comms link will be broken.

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