Midas DL16 16-input / 8-output Stage Box

16-in/8-out Stage Box with 16 Midas Microphone Preamplifiers, Ultranet Ethernet Compatibility, and ADAT Digital Connectivity
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Powerplay-ready Stage Box with Midas Pro Preamps

Upgrade your mixing console and in-ear monitoring rig with the sound of Midas Pro preamps, courtesy of the Midas DL16 stage box. This 16-in/8-out AES50 networkable device makes adding a digital snake to your rig as easy as running a single Cat 5 cable, and you can daisy chain up to three DL16s together, so you can comfortably set 48 remote-controllable Midas Pro preamps onstage with plenty of returns to spare for monitor mixing. Speaking of monitor mixing, the DL16 is Ultraconnect capable, so you can easily integrate it into your Behringer Powerplay P16 personal monitoring system.

Midas DL16 Stage Box at a Glance:
  • Fully loaded with world-class Midas PRO microphone preamplifiers
  • AES50 ethernet connectivity for high-quality audio and control
  • Ultranet provides compatibility with Powerplay monitor systems
Fully loaded with world-class Midas PRO microphone preamplifiers

For generations of live-sound engineers and many seasoned sound reinforcement veterans here at Sweetwater, Midas preamps define the very sound of quality live sound. The Midas DL16 stage box puts 16 of these highly esteemed microphone preamplifiers in a 2U rack, so you can put them onstage, as close to the performers as possible so you can cut down on long cable runs. And thanks to its high headroom, low noise, and ADAT optical digital outputs, the DL16 also servers as an excellent studio preamp.

AES50 ethernet connectivity for high-quality audio and control

Because it comes equipped with AES50-compatible ethernet connectivity, the Midas DL16 integrates effortlessly with many modern mixing consoles and live-sound hardware environments. If you're running one of many AES50-equipped consoles from Midas or Behringer, all you need is a single Cat 5 ethernet cable to get full bandwidth audio to and from your DL16. What's more, you can daisy chain up to three DL16 stage boxes together, effortlessly assembling a 48-in/24-out digital snake with preamps you can comfortably control from your console or desk.

Ultranet provides compatibility with Powerplay monitor systems

Streamlined, affordable, and super-easy-to-use, everyone's raving about Behringer's Powerplay P16 personal monitoring systems. When you add a Midas DL16 stage box to your PA rig, you're not just getting a great set of remote-controllable preamps in a digital snake that lets you ditch tons of bulky cable, you're ready to add an advanced personal monitoring system directly inline with the rig you already have. That's because your DL16 comes equipped with Ultranet connectivity, which provides your Powerplay P16-M monitor controllers with a digital split straight from the stage.

Midas DL16 Stage Box Features:
  • Flexible professional digital stage box that works with Powerplay monitor systems and AES50-ready digital consoles
  • 16 x fully programmable and remote-controllable Midas Pro mic preamps give you exceptional sound, right from the stage
  • 8 x analog, servo-balanced XLR outputs let you send complete monitor mixes to the stage
  • AES50 network ports provide you with ultra-low latency digital audio that's in-ear compatible
  • Up to 328' of networking capability via a single lightweight Cat 5e cable (not included)
  • Dual AES50 ports let you cascade up to 3 DL16 units together for an up to 48-in/24-out system
  • Precise LED metering plus 7-segment displays let you keep a close eye on your levels
  • Headphones output assignable to any of the inputs/outputs for on-stage monitoring
  • Ultranet connectivity for Behringer's Powerplay P16 personal monitoring system is perfect for in-ear applications
  • Dual ADAT outputs for use in splitter mode and stand-alone digital multicore applications
  • MIDI In/Out provide bidirectional communication between FOH console and on-stage MIDI devices
  • Durable yet compact, all-steel 2U rack-mount chassis provides flexible mounting
Add Midas preamp quality to your rig with the DL16 stage box!

Additional Media

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Studio Preamp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Type Digital Stage Box
Compatibility AES50 / Ultranet systems
Channels 16 x 8
Inputs - Mic Preamps 16 x XLR
Phantom Power Yes
Outputs - Digital 2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT)
Outputs - Main 8 x XLR
Data I/O 2 x EtherCON (AES50), 1 x EtherCON (Ultranet)
USB 1 x Type B
Computer Connectivity USB, Ethernet
Headphones 1 x 1/4"
Rackmountable 2U
Manufacturer Part Number DL16

Customer Reviews

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Midas DL16

This unit works great and it's a nice addition to the X32 that I have.
Music background: I've been in music for 37 years.


Love these digital snakes. I have the S16 for my Behringer x32 and have had zero problems. This unit seems to be very similar in setup and features so looking forward to having same results. Can't go wrong with the Midas name. Sure beats carrying around the big heavy snakes of the past !
Music background: Sound Engineer


I don't give 5 starts unless something real deserves it This comes close. Sounds better than x32 pres. Not as good as pres one the pro series due to the sample rate limitation. But there is a noticeable diff especially of drums.

midas dl16

can this midas dl16 connect with my midas m32 mixer to dante d400 for my aviom a320 personel monitoring mixer on stage

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Ryan Sloan

I added a couple Midas DL16s to my live sound rig, and I've been extremely happy with their performance. One of the best things about the DL16 is that it's fully compatible with Behringer's affordable X32 consoles. I particularly appreciate the upgraded sonics I get from the premium Midas Pro preamps, and each DL16 provides a ton of extra I/O right onstage where I need it.
See also: Midas, Midas Stage Snakes, Midas Preamps