Waves Audio Now Shipping IONIC SoundGrid Stagebox

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Waves Audio, is now shipping IONIC 16, a 16-in / 12-out SoundGrid stagebox with Waves Signature Preamps. The IONIC 16 is designed to elevate sound and complement the sonic performance of the Waves eMotion LV1 live mixer.

Waves Signature Preamps are at the heart of IONIC 16’s performance — newly designed with fully discrete high-end analog circuits, delivering “maximum headroom, fast transient response and an incredibly low noise floor.” The preamps feature a gain structure designed to deliver a wide dynamic range and handle bigger signals, with “practically no restraints.”

Waves Signature Preamps deliver “a rich, full-bodied sound usually found only in high-end mixing consoles, without compromising any punch or clarity, using its analog-modeled HMX harmonic enhancer.” The harmonic enhancer can also be turned on or off per input, with ‘off’ providing a more neutral sound.

The IONIC 16 claims to deliver crystal clear outputs with extra headroom. Whether you are powering stage wedges that compete with the drummer, a full rack of in-ears transmitters, or a PA system of any size or quality, IONIC’s twelve outputs and two independent headphone-outs “deliver super-clear results with plenty of headroom.”

IONIC 16’s preamp section’s analog impedance selector lets you choose the mic reaction you want. You can choose between a classic 2kΩ and a modern 7kΩ, for greater sonic flexibility.

Other Waves IONIC 16 features:

  • 16 in / 12 out SoundGrid stagebox
  • 16 mic / line inputs with original-design Waves Signature Preamps
  • Stereo AES input/output
  • Analog-modeled harmonic enhancement per input (optional)
  • Analog input impedance selector: classic 2kΩ / modern 7kΩ
  • Integration with the eMotion LV1 live mixer
  • 12 line outputs (selectable between 18/24 dBu)
  • 2 independent headphone outputs
  • Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz
  • Road-ready 2U chassis: rugged build, rack-mountable