MOTU Stage-B16

16×12 stage box / mixer / interface with DSP & AVB-TSN networking


MOTU Stage-B16


Three products in one

1) DSP-equipped stage box with AVB Ethernet “digital snake” connectivity, 2) 12-bus digital mixer with wireless control, and 3) universally compatible audio interface for Mac and Windows.

Studio-quality analog performance up to 192 kHz

For example, the XLR analog outputs produce a 123 dB dynamic range.

16 studio-grade mic inputs

Each is equipped with individual preamps, 48V phantom power, and a -20dB pad. It also includes eight analog outs on XLRs, 4 channels of AES/EBU output, and phones.

Precision Digital Trim™

Digitally controlled analog preamp gain provides accurate adjustments in 1 dB increments from web app software running on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, with the ability to save gain settings.

On-board DSP with mixing and effects

Flexible 48-input digital mixer modeled after large format mixing consoles, with 12 stereo busses and DSP effects, including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate, and compression.

Web app control from any device

Control on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from innovative web app software running in your favorite browser on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network.

Stand-alone operation with wireless control

Connect an Apple® Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router with a standard Ethernet cable for wireless control of device settings, powerful 48-channel mixing, and DSP effects from your smartphone or tablet, without a computer.

32-bit floating-point processing

The Stage-B16’s mixing and effects DSP engine deliver virtually unlimited headroom and the utmost in sound quality.

Modeled vintage effects processing

Classic reverb. Compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A compressor. EQ is modeled after British analog console EQs.

System expansion

Add a 2nd MOTU AVB interface (1248, 8M, 16A, 24Ai, 24Ao, 112D or Monitor 8) with a simple CAT-5e ethernet cable. Connect up to five MOTU interfaces using a MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately).

AVB audio networking

Build a network with multiple interfaces and computers using standard AVB switches and network cabling, with ultra-low network latency, even over long cable runs (100 meters point to point). Stream hundreds of audio channels among devices and computers on the network.

Universal connectivity

Connects to your computer with standard AVB Ethernet or audio class compliant hi-speed USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0 and iOS). Compatible with all audio software.


Includes AudioDesk workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing, and 32-bit mixing and mastering.


Sample rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
Mic inputs 16 x XLR mic inputs
Preamp gain: 0 to +63 dB (digitally controlled)
Analog outputs 8 x XLR line out
Max level: +20 dBu (digitally adjustable -4 to +20)
1 x 1/4″ TRS stereo headphone
Digital output 2 x XLR female AES/EBU out (4 ch) up to 96 kHz
Total I/O 16 in and 12 out (28 total) at 1x sample rates
16 in and 12 out (28 total) at 2x sample rates
16 in and 8 out (24 total) at 4x sample rates
Computer I/O 1 x USB 2.0 audio class compliant
USB 3.0 and iOS compatible
1 x AVB Ethernet (requires OS X Yosemite)
Computer I/O channels USB 2.0 (44.1 to 48 kHz): 64 in/out
USB 2.0 (88.2 to 96 kHz): 32 in/out
USB 2.0 (176.4 to 192 kHz): 24 in/out
AVB Ethernet: 16 to 128 in/out, depending on
host computer speed
16 MIDI channels to/from the computer host
Headphone 1 x 1/4″ TRS stereo phone (assignable)
Phantom power 16 x individual +48V
Network I/O 1 x RJ45 AVB/TSN Ethernet (100 Mbps)
AVB streams
(8 channels per stream)
3 in / 3 out @ 44.1 or 48 kHz
2 in / 2 out @ 88.2 or 96 kHz
1 in / 1 out @ 176.4 or 192 kHz
Front panel 1 x 1/4″ TRS headphone output
1 x digital rotary encoder • phone volume
2 x switches • (1) Mute All and (1) Show 48V
16 x activity LEDs • (16) input, (8) output, (2) AES
1 x female Ethernet ‘EtherCon’ port
2 x male XLR AES/EBU outputs (4 channels)
8 x male XLR analog outputs
16 x female XLR mic inputs with indiv. 48V/pad
Rack-mount brackets and handles (optional)
Power International 100-240V autoswitching supply
50-60 Hz • 0.5A max
and weight
(width x depth x height, enclosure only)
19 x 7 x 3.5 inches
48.3 x 17.75 x 8.89 cm
5.0 lbs / 2.27 kg
with rack brackets removed:
17.25 inches (43.8 cm) wide
4.7 lbs / 2.13 kg

Mac System Requirements

  • 1 GHz Intel-based Mac or faster
  • 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
  • Mac OS X version 10.8 or later
  • Available high-speed USB 2.0 or AVB Ethernet port*
  • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)
  • *AVB Ethernet audio interface operation requires OS X Yosemite

Windows System Requirements

  • 1 GHz Pentium-based PC compatible or faster
  • 2 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended
  • Windows 10, 8 or 7
  • Available USB 2.0 or 3.0 port
  • Available Ethernet port for firmware updates
  • A large hard drive (at least 500 GB for recording)

Web App Support

  • Any web client platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android
  • Any web browser: Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Explorer, etc.
  • Web client must be connected to the same network as the MOTU AVB interface by wire or Wi-Fi.

Included Software

  • MOTU Discovery App for Mac & PC (finds connected MOTU interfaces)
  • MOTU Discovery App for iOS (available from Apple App Store)
  • MOTU Pro Audio Control web app (served from the hardware itself)
  • MOTU Audio Tools (FFT, oscilloscope, X-Y plot, phase analyzer)
  • AudioDesk 4.0 for Mac & PC (separate download)

Operating Systems

  • For computer audio I/O: Mac OS X 10.8 or later; Windows 7 or later
  • For web app control: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android

Analog I/O Specifications

Connector type Dynamic range
Trim range
(in 1 dB steps)
Line output Male XLR 123 dB -110 dB +20 dBu 24 dB (-4 to +20)
Mic input Female XLR 117 dB -110 dB +24 dBu
(with pad)
63 dB
Phones 1/4″, TRS stereo 112 dB -94 dB Max. 80 mw 128 dB

Compatible Mac Software

The Stage-B16 ships with standard Core Audio drivers for Mac OS X for compatibility with virtually all Core Audio-compatible apps, including:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Apple Logic Express
  • Apple Garage Band
  • Apple SoundTrack Pro
  • Ableton Live
  • Propellerhead Record & Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via the compatible host)

Compatible Windows Software

The Stage-B16 ships with standard ASIO and Wave drivers for Windows 10, 8, and 7 for compatibility with virtually all ASIO- and Wave-compatible audio apps, including:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Avid Pro Tools (version 9 or later)
  • Ableton Live
  • Cakewalk Sonar
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Propellerhead Record & Reason
  • Image-Line FL Studio
  • Sony Vegas Pro
  • Sony Sound Forge
  • Sony Acid
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Waves stand-alone apps (and plug-ins, via the compatible host)


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