Hear Technologies Mix Back

16-channel Monitor Mixer with ADAT Optical and HearBus Outputs
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Hear Technologies Mix Back
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Powerful Monitor Mixer for Stage or Studio!

The Hear Technologies Mix Back is an affordable 16-in monitor mixer with 12 mono and two stereo outputs for live or studio cue use. The 11-rackspace unit can be cascaded for more inputs. An optional talkback remote instantly connects the engineer with any (or all) of the musicians.

Hear Technologies Mix Back Monitor Mixer at a Glance:
  • 16-input mixer with analog and digital outputs
  • High-quality mic/line inputs with inserts, highpass filter and 4-band EQ
  • Master section with effects returns, aux return with level control, and talkback mc preamp
16-input mixer with analog and digital outputs

It's easy to configure the perfect monitor mix setup with the Hear Technologies Mix Back. Assign any of the 16 inputs to one of 12 mono outputs and two stereo mix outputs to route signal to individual monitor stations. In addition, the Mix Back includes two ADAT optical outputs for digital connections, plus two HearBus outs for connection to other Hear Technologies gear.

High-quality mic/line inputs with inserts, highpass filter and 4-band EQ

The Mix Back's input section features 16 high-quality mic/line inputs (with passive splitters). Each input features a channel insert, a signal/clip LED, a 100Hz highpass filter, and an independent gain control. In addition, the Mix Back input channels each have 4-band EQ with separate controls for sweep and boost/cut on the mid bands.

Master section

The Mix Back master section offers two stereo and 12 mono TRS outputs with switch-selectable meter/headphone monitoring. Two stereo TRS balanced effect returns are augmented by switch-assignable FX1/FX2 returns to the 12 mono masters. A stereo aux return with level controls can be routed to both stereo busses - great for a FOH mix or the studio "two mix." The Mix Back's talkback mic preamp is assignable to stereo masters 1 & 2, mono outputs 1-12, and the balanced Intercom/slate output. A 16-button talkback remote connects using standard Cat 5e cable. In addition, the Mix Back provides 16 channels of ADAT and HearBus output.

Hear Technologies Mix Back Monitor Mixer Features:
  • 16 x 12 x 2 X 2 monitor mixer
  • Two stereo outputs, 12 mono outputs
  • Two ADAT optical outs and two HearBus outputs
  • 16 high-quality mic/line inputs with passive split
  • Channel inserts
  • Signal/clip LED indicator
  • 100Hz highpass filter
  • 4-band EQ with separate controls for sweep and cut/boost on mid bands
  • Two stereo level and pan controls (ST1 & ST2)
  • Switch-selectable effects 1-2 sends
  • Two stereo TRS balanced effect returns
  • Switch-assignable FX1/FX23 returns to the 12 mono masters
  • Stereo Aux return with level controls to both stereo busses
  • Bus inputs permit stacking multiple mixers
  • Talkback mic preamp assignable to stereo masters 1 and 2, mono outputs 1-12, and the balanced Intercom/slate output
  • 16-button talkback remote connects using standard Cat 5e cable
  • 16 channels of ADAT and HearBus output

What Does "Special Order" Mean?

A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

Additional Media

Live Mixer Buying Guide
Mix Back User Manual
New In Stock At Sweetwater

Tech Specs

Type Analog
Channels 16
Inputs - Mic Preamps 16 x XLR
Inputs - Line 16 x 1/4"
Inputs - Other 2 x 1/4" (Stereo Aux), 12 x 1/4" (Bus), 4 x 1/4" (ST1/ST2)
Outputs - Direct 16 x XLR
Outputs - Other 8 x 1/4", 4 x 1/4" (ST1/ST2)
Headphones 1 x 1/4"
Send/Return I/O 2 x 1/4" (Send), 4 x 1/4" (Return)
Phantom Power 16
EQ Bands 4-band Sweepable Hi-Mid, Low-Mid
Aux Sends 12 x Sends (Per Channel)
Channel Inserts 16 x 1/4"
Talkback Yes
Rackmountable Yes
Height 19.23"
Width 19"
Depth 5.35"
Weight 30.8 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MB

Customer Reviews

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Great Monitoring system

The Band is already using the Hear Back pods, unfortunately limited to what we can put in each channel. Now - WOW - what does the musician want we can give it to them. A great asset to our sound systems.
Music background: RE, Pro Musician

We all can hear!

I grew up old school! Multi output monitor mixers were a rare treat back then. I was honored to see this type of mixing capability available. The Band already was using the Hear Back Pods and we "were" satisfied with its performance, until we got this unit. Now we are "Blown Away." The versatility this unit provides answers to many, many situations we have on stage. The combination of the two makes monitoring an absolute dream. Can't wait to check it out in the studio.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Pro Musician

Excelent Support

I have to say, I havent been using this very long, BUT the support is outstanding! We purchased ours 2nd hand, and it had some problems (probably due to neglect). I contacted the manufacturer and they went out of their way to help. They are very nice guys! There seems to be quite a bit of flexability, with the option of using it as a stand alone system, or with the addition of the hear back system, the adat outputs, individual ground lifts and phantom power selection on each channel. There are also FX sends, as well as the ability to mix stereo master mixes for house and/or the baseline "perfect mix" for the monitor system. Multiple units can be cascaded for expansion if additional channels are needed, and the 12 output matrix should be enough to handle as many monitor mixes as you would ever need. The EQ section goes a little further than most consoles do with sweepable british eq for both the upper and lower mids. There are also connections to allow you to tack on a very sophesticated talk back system. The markings on the console glow in the dark, and a UV light is also included. Overall, I am very impressed, and although this is not the most expensive option for a dedicated monitor mixer, it is by far, the most flexible, and has features which you wont find on some of the more expensive units. When looking at all the available options for a small format monitor mixer, this is the BEST VALUE out there.
Music background: church sound engineer and musician

Hear Technologies

We got our "Mix Back" from Keith Schreiber and can't say enough great things about this product, Keith or the staff at Sweetwater.The "Mix Back" has more headroom than we will ever need, with no noise and built like a tank. The entire back of the unit is covered with more inputs and outputs to allow me to use it in any enviorment. we also got the "Hear Back" personal monitor system and the two work together like they were made for each other, which they were.One thing we weren't expecting is instead of a regular bnc lamp for the mixer it came with a very cool UV lamp which makes all the front panel controls glow in the dark. It makes it very easy to see on a dark stage.If your ready to leave the the realm of the wannabe's check out "in ear monitors" with the "Mix Back" as the foundation of your monitor system.Warren "King" Castaneira
Music background: Pro Musician with over 20 years of national and international touring
See also: soundboard, Hear Technologies, Hear Technologies Analog Mixers