MOTU has released a product that blurs the line between what’s a studio or stage-specific device. The new Stage-B16 is a flexible stage box, stand-alone mixer and audio interface. Housed in a 2U rack enclosure, its features include onboard DSP with modelled vintage compression and effects, USB2.0/3.0 compatibility and analog performance up to 192kHz. On the front you’ll find 16 mic inputs with digitally controlled preamps and phantom power, eight XLR analog outputs, four channels of AES/EBU connectivity and a headphone connection.
MOTU’s web app software runs on your favourite browser on a laptop, and provides complete control over the Stage-B16 in whichever application you choose to use it. Or you can hook it up to a wi-fi router using the Ethernet port and control it wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet. A second Stage-B16 can be connected via Ethernet cable and more I/O can be added with the MOTU AVB Switch (sold separately).
Expect to pay around $3495.