Steinberg MR816 CSX
16-in/16-out FireWire Audio Interface with 8 Microphone Preamplifiers, 8 TRS Outputs, ADAT I/O, S/PDIF I/O, Word Clock, DSP Channel Strip, DSP Reverb, Dual Headphone Outputs, and Cubase AI4 Software - Mac/PC
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Innovative Cubase Integration Plus Extensive DSP Power!The Steinberg MR816 CSX is an innovative 16-in/16-out FireWire interface, though it delivers much more than just I/O. This next-generation device boasts onboard DSP effects power alongside advanced Cubase integration technologies, making it a superb choice for project studios, professional studios, and mobile recording rigs alike. With the Steinberg MR816 CSX, you get eight newly developed Class A "D-Pre" XLR/TRS combo preamplifiers alongside professional must-haves, such as ADAT I/O, word clock I/O, and S/PDIF I/O. If you're working within Cubase - or any other DAW - you'll find exceptional value with the Steinberg MR816 CSX.
Steinberg MR816 CSX FireWire Audio Interface at a Glance:
Eight Class A "D-Pre" microphone preamplifiers with XLR/TRS jacks
Steinberg's engineers teamed with Yamaha engineers to design the MR816 CSX. One chief focus was the getting the microphone preamplifiers just right. The result is the Class A "D-Pre" design, featuring advanced inverted Darlington circuits for an exceptionally smooth and detailed performance. The Steinberg MR816 CSX features eight of these microphone preamplifiers, giving you plenty of inputs to mike an entire band at once. What's more, each channel features an XLR/TRS combo jack, so you can easily track line-level gear alongside your microphones. There's even a hi-Z switch on the front-panel for easily running a guitar or bass in direct.
Individually selectable phantom power and a -26dB pad
While having eight microphone preamplifiers is great on its own, one frustration with many interfaces is that they lack selectable phantom power and pads on each channel. And if you're running a combination ribbons alongside condensers, for example, this is extremely troublesome. Fortunately, the Steinberg MR816 CSX lets you choose phantom power and the pad on each channel, so you don't have to mess with pairing "like" microphones together.
Professional I/O, including ADAT, S/PDIF, and word clock
The Steinberg MR816 CSX offers more than just the standard analog I/O - it's ready to streamline the channels from all your outboard gear into just one FireWire connection. Onboard there are ADAT I/O and S/PDIF I/O for your digital gear. There's also an extra FireWire port for daisy-chaining more MR816 CSX units together or tacking on a hard drive. In addition, word clock I/O is onboard, so you can professionally synchronize your entire system together to an external clock.
DSP-powered reverb, compression, and EQ with Sweet Spot Morphing for tracking
Among the most exciting features onboard the Steinberg MR816 CSX are the DSP effects. Not only are they great-sounding, but they're also incredibly easy to set up. The onboard DSP chip can run up to eight instances of its Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip plug-in (in fact, the CS in the MR-816 CSX stands for Channel Strip). When this plug-in is engaged, the two front-panel knobs on the right side of the unit are in charge of compression and EQ. Just turn the knob to "morph" through settings until you dial in the right sound - it's perfect for setting up a quick headphone mix for the artist, without dealing with latency issues. You can also adjust these settings from the Cubase software. In addition, the "X" in the MR-816 CSX stands for the REV-X reverb - the same complex reverb algorithm developed by Yamaha and found on many of their premier interfaces. You'll enjoy flipping between Hall, Room, and Plate effects - all adjustable through Cubase or via the MR-816 CSX's front panel.
Plug-in DSP effects for mixing and mastering
In addition to being able to enjoy DSP processing for quickly creating monitor mixes, you can also take advantage of the onboard processing during mix-down. The MR816 CSX's effects are conveniently available as VST3 plug-ins.
Advanced Cubase integration features, including Quick Connect
To start, Cubase automatically detects any connected MR816 CSX interfaces the moment you boot up the software, letting you get straight into the creative part of the project, rather than configuring your system. But the MR816 CSX takes Cubase integration a step further. You can instantly route and reroute inputs to Cubase channels on the fly - straight from the front panel of the MR816 CSX. All you have to do is select a track, then press a channel button on the I/O front panel - that channel will be routed to that track. When you select different tracks, you'll see a front-panel light flash to show you which channel is linked to that track. A host of presets with routing and I/O configurations are included as well, making set up simple. Plus, you can dive straight into a new session by just selecting a track and pushing the desired channel on the front. Not only will input route to that track, but Cubase will set up either a mono or stereo bus, as desired.
Eight TRS outputs as well as inserts for patching in your outboard gear
The Steinberg MR816 CSX gives you plenty of outputs. Feed a 5.1 system or just a couple sets on your desktop - or route audio in Cubase and send a few of the eight TRS outputs to a headphone amplifier system, for creating complex monitor mixes. There are also two TRS inserts for patching in any of your favorite outboard gear.
Can stack three MR816 CSX systems for 48-in/48-out plus more DSP
The MR816 CSX is seamlessly scalable, making it easy to create the perfect configuration of preamplifiers and DSP capability - and all on just one FireWire port. You can daisy-chain up to three MR816 CSX units together, for up to 48 input and output channels. Cubase will recognize all of the available I/O - and the innovative DSP functions, including the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip and REV-X reverb, are available for each device. With the system maxed out to 48 inputs and outputs, you can use an astounding 24 instances of the channel strip plug-in as well as three of the REV-X reverb plug-in for serious sonic flexibility and horsepower during mix-down.
Includes Cubase AI4 recording software
Get started making music just as soon as you pull your Steinberg MR816 CSX out of the box. You get powerful Cubase AI4 software included, for up to 48 audio tracks and up to 64 MIDI tracks. It's based on professional Cubase 4 software and even uses the Cubase 4 audio engine. Cubase AI4 also comes with 25 VST effects, 15 VST3 plug-ins, and 480 drum loops. It's an excellent way to step into the production power of Cubase.
Steinberg MR816 CSX FireWire Audio Interface Features:
The Steinberg MR816 CSX is a fully featured FireWire Interface with onboard DSP and exceptional Cubase integration!
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by Joe from Maine USAI have had my MR816 CSX for 2 years now. I have never had an issue. Love the quality of the mic pres. I have used this everyday (just about) for two years. Will be buying another to daisy chain when I... read more [+] am ready to move to 16 tracks. close [-]
September 14, 2012
Music Background: Recording Engineer, Musician
Incredible sound, performance and flexibility!
by Bart Pursley from Nashville, TNI was worried that the MR816 CSX would fall short of the reviews and user comments. I couldn't have been more wrong! Great sounding pre's, and routing for days! A perfect match for Cubase and with the... read more [+] MR Editor software I can use them as a stand alone front end for my old pro tools system and use the channel strip function for eq and compression if I choose. Unparalleled price to performance. I know I'll be adding another to my setup in the near future. close [-]
August 20, 2012
Music Background: Recording Engineer
A New Classic is Born!
by Fred Raputznik from Vancouver, CanadaThis is by far the best interface in this price range, and blows away more expensive units.(I ditched my Fireface for this!) Clean, detailed sound, amazing pre's and flawless performance make this a m... read more [+]ust-have for and DAW users, and of course Cubase users get the extra features. I don't care too much about the Rev-X and channel strip, but they are pro-quality too.
September 13, 2010
Music Background: Professional Composer/Engineer
Run, kill, do what you have to do to get this. close [-]
by Chris Miller from Sacramento, CANo contest, annihilated my apogee ensemble and m-audio profire 2626 interfaces. Sold 'em, got this, end of story. Buying two more to daisy chain soon.
December 25, 2009
Music Background: recording / live sound engineer
The integration with Cubase/nuendo... read more [+] is such an added feature too. close [-]
by Eric (EAP-Entertainment) from Washington, DC (chocolate city)This is AWESOME!!! If your looking for for an interface that has the Best and Top Of the Line Mic-Pres and Top of The Line Converters than this is your Interface... Now if You have Cubase 4 and or Nue... read more [+]ndo than This will OUTPERFORM PROTOOLS LE and I even think It'll OUTPERFORM PROTOOLS HD also.. This will also work with Logic, Sonor 8, Digital Performer, etc.. But what it can do with CUBASE because of the integration you just can't do no better.... This integrates very good with Cubase's VST's and the Reverb and Compressor that comes with the hardware is unbelievable!!... I say GET not just ONE but TWO!!!! close [-]
November 1, 2008
Music Background: Engineer, Producer, Musician...
Rick, Gloucester, MA
Steinberg MR816 CSX
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