Renegade Labs M16 takes edit-suite audio mixing to a new level
The Renegade Labs M16 digital edit suite audio mixer is targeted specifically at video editing facilities.
The manufacturer declares that it ‘takes audio mixing to a new level’ based on the fact it pairs a 16-fader panel with the stand-alone 3RU 328|MXE chassis.
The new unit was developed by expanding the firm's eight-channel Blue|328 and Gray|328 digital audio mixers, and is designed for edit-system control in linear edit suites. The M16 communicates to any edit controller with ESAM II protocol via an RS-422 serial port.
According to the manufacturer, standout features include: full eight-channel monitoring, (including configurable matrix with surround sound modes and stereo downmix), a built in preview switcher, a 16-button keypad matrix, a 16-channel three band equaliser, and 100mm faders with unity LEDs. Additionally, 16 video frames of audio delay are said to be able to fix even the toughest of A/V sync problems.
The M16 accepts up to 32 input channels of analogue, mic-level, AES-format and SD/HD SDI signals, routing to eight analogue/digital outputs. Additional outputs can be added in either analogue, digital or SD/HD SDI-embedded formats.
Video-centric operation is enhanced by separate rows of buttons for program or preset assignment of audio to the faders, along with an edit system-controlled preview switcher. Its ‘auto to/from’ feature allows easy access to all 32 inputs under edit control, eliminating the need to switch banks or recall registers during edits to access more inputs.
Meanwhile, precision optical encoders along with soft-buttons provide flexible control of mixer operations. A 240 x 64 status LCD shows mixer status information and handles system setup. An optional 640 x2 40 colour LCD provides detailed metering in PPM, VU, K-meter and surround sound, with peak and phase indication. A USB port handles register storage and software upgrades.
The control panel can be either rack-mounted (8RU) or used in tabletop mode.