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Phonic Helix Board 18 Universal 18-Channel Mixer

Steinberg Cubase LE digital audio workstation software is included. (6) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Phonic Helix Board 18 Universal Mixer

The Helix Board 18 Universal is part of the new generation of USB / FireWire mixers from Phonic. The Universal mixer features a FireWire and USB interface that can individually stream up to 16 independent channels of audio to the computer and return two tracks for monitoring, all at screaming fast transfer rates of up to 24-bit/96 kHz with a zero latency. Pre/post switches on each input channel ensure users can adjust the outgoing USB/FireWire signal between a pre fader and post fader signal with the utmost of ease.

An onboard 32/40-bit digital multi-effect processor provides 100 popular programs, tap-delay, test tones (pink noise, 1 kHz, etc) and foot switch jacks. There are 8 extremely low noise Mic preamps, each with phantom power, spread across six mono Mic/Line channels with 75 Hz low cut filters, and four stereo Line channels. Each Mic channel has a 3-band EQ (six with swept mid), and two stereo channels have a 4-band EQ. A 10-band system graphic equalizer can be assigned to Main Outs or AUX 1. Stereo RCA inputs and outputs make the addition of digital and analog playback and recording devices effortless.

Additional features include three AUX sends, two stereo Aux returns, input and output solo, two true subgroups and a rack mounting kit. Steinberg Cubase LE 4 digital audio workstation software included.

Features
96 kHz FireWire interface for streaming 16 independent channels of audio to computer with zero latency

Pre/post setting for swapping USB 2.0/FireWire input channels sent to computer from pre-low cut, -EQ to post-EQ, post-fader

100+Tap 32/40-bit high-definition digital multi-effects

S/PDIF digital audio output

8 extremely low-noise mic preamps

Steinberg Cubase LE 4 digital audio workstation software included

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Pre/post setting for swapping USB 2.0/FireWire input channels sent to computer from pre-low cut, -EQ to post-EQ, post-fader

18-input small-format analog Mixer with extremely low noise circuitry

96kHz USB 2.0/FireWire interface for streaming 16 independent channels of audio to computer with zero latency

2 channels of monitoring from computer via USB 2.0 / FireWire interface, can be assigned to control room monitors, Main mix and AUX 1

Channel 15/16 routed to computer can be selected from main mix, group 1/2 and AUX 2/3

DFX, our 32/40-bit high definition algorithm digital multi-effect processor with 100 programs plus tap delay, foot switch jacks and volume controls for sending processed signal to aux send 1 & 2

Six Mic/Line channels with inserts

8 extremely low noise mic preamps

Four stereo Line channels

3-band EQ with swept mid-range

75 Hz low-cut filter on mono channels

Three AUX sends, one with Pre/Post switch

Two stereo AUX returns, one with effect to monitor level control

+48V phantom power on Mic channels

Solo feature on each input and output

Two true subgroups with Main L and R routing switches

Built-in switching power supply with universal connector, 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz

Rack-mounting kit included

S/PDIF digital audio output

Compatible with Mac OSX and Windows XP & Vista

Steinberg Cubase LE 4 included
Phonic Warranty ´╗┐Phonic offers warranty of one year on all speakers and three years on all other parts and items. Warranty covers parts and labor.
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"It finally worked!"
Sound: sounds great, no noise, get vocals through a condenser mic clean Feature: Has a firewire and usb interface to stream 14 channels to DAW and returns 2 channels for monitoring. Mine came with interface dead. After several emails to support and trials I had to send it back for repair. That meant loss of time and money in shipping costs! I finally got it back and its in good shape. Managed to install the firewire drivers in seconds and Audition 3.0 recognized it immediately. I havent tried USB yet Ease of Use: If you can use a mixer, then you can use this one. Quality: Doenst look so robust to me. But it works and so long as u dont drop it or pour liquids on it, you shouldn't have any problem Value: I guess its worth its price Manufacturer Support: They responded to all my mails. So if that's anything then its good support The Wow Factor: Its a mixer. sound is of the greatest concern Overall: For as long as it works, I'll keep it
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"Would be nice, If it worked!"
Sound: I've used it in the studio with a condenser mic, keyboard and bass. Both the keyboard and condenser had a soft hiss, almost unnoticeable, which Audition's hiss reduction tool took care of with ease. The bass had a hum that was difficult to deal with. It could be the bass, or is it that the mixer cant handle such low frequencies? I dont know. sounded good overall. Feature: It came with power cable, firewire cable, usb cable and a rack-mounting kit. Mine did not come with the drivers CD but I got it after contacting Phonic. The interface of my unit has never worked! Been using rca cable through the line-in of my pc to get sounds to my DAW! Ease of Use: Easy to use as an analog mixer. Just hook it to power, plug in your equipment and you are good to go. Mine has never installed on my PC. I've tried it on XP SP2, SP3, Vista 32bit and 64bit as well as a Mac but none of those recognized it! Quality: Doenst look to me like the best quality. Looks like the kind to really handle with care. Mine came with some rattling noise inside, like broken parts. The rattling has since disappeared, left me wondering what it was and what happened to it!! The rca record out which I use is also unreliable, sometimes it just dies despite the mixer getting a signal. Value: Paid over 600usd for it (price + shipping and taxes) That would have been good value if it worked well. But from the way I see it, by the time It will be good for use in the studio, I'd have spent 1000usd or more. I guess I should have just gone for something better. cheap is expensive, so goes the saying! Manufacturer Support: Phonic has polite client support. They responded to almost every email I sent. Unfortunately my problem is yet to be solved, 2months down the line! I'll be sending the unit for warranty repair or replacement and see how that works. If you are outside the US like me, you wont enjoy warranty unless you send the unit back to the US. That basically means extra expenses on shipping and time wastage. They have resellers allover but you cant ask for warranty repairs just from any reseller!! A big bummer! The Wow Factor: I wanted it, got it, not sure I want it any more. Nothing phenomenal about its looks, not that I really cared about that. It has not done what I wanted it to do, that is stream 16 channels of audio simultaneously to my DAW through firewire or USB. As long as that does not happen, it has no appeal. Overall: If the unit gets to communicate with my PC, the way it claims it can, I'll keep it for as long as it lasts. If that doesnt happen, there's no point in having it. I wish I knew there's no warranty outside the US, I would have been more careful. What I can say at this point in time, is that phonic helix 18 universal is a nice analog mixer with a phony interface! If you have the opportunity to test it before you buy, do so. It will save you alot of hussles.
Style of Music: Reggae, Afro-fusion,etc
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