Submitted April 28, 2016 by Joseph Bates in Kingston, PA
"UI-16 The Pro's and Cons"
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After quite a bit of time with the unit this is what I found. The original SM Audio U-mix had it by a mile, the Ui-16 is really only 12 ch. There are still a few bugs to be worked out. The unit is awesome for a small group as the missing 4 ch's hurt for larger shows and lacking a cascade port you can not connect an other unit to up the channel count. The Waves plugins would have been great too. it really is a very powerful mixer when you get down and dirty. I would recommend this unit to any one but how about Soundcraft work with us to polish the software a bit, Oh by the way I have been doing sound since 1974.
1. The sound quality is good enough for what it does 2. When you make changes you here them. Yes it works OK for classic rock. Its very easy to operate. Only that this is not a Midis Pro 4a you have to have very strict gain structure and leave yourself some headroom.
The most useful features is the axe and amp modeling algorithms. The least useful is the HDMI port. I wish it would show what one see's on there app.and pas left and right stereo outputs.
Ease of Use
There is a small learning curve if one is not used to digital mixers. I recommend new owners watch the tutorials at Soundcraft at least 3 times.
For the price point I think it is very well made, moving the power switch from the front to the side is priceless. Also all power cables to units take note of the screw on connector.
In short even with the unit's short comings it blows the door's off anything in the price range.
I have had many soundcraft analog boards in the past and tech was great. Now since they have been assimilated (The Borg) by Harman things are a little slow. Check out the face book page for ui-16.
The Wow Factor
It is what it is! Its not a Digico now that's WOW.
41yrs Drums, Keyboard Pecussion, B Flat Cornet, Bass and all aspects of production.
All Music forms
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