Phonic Helix Board 18 Universal Mixer
Customers already familiar with the Helix Board series will feel at home with the Phonic Helix Board 18 Universal Mixer. All the most popular features are here; the low noise preAmplifiers, the direct outputs, the 3-band channel equalizers, the S/PDIF output, the 100+ effect engine with tap delay and test tones, and, perhaps most importantly, the high speed 96 kHz FireWire and USB interface.
Phonic Helix Board 18 Universal Mixer Features:
-18-input small-format analog mixer with extremely low noise circuitry
-96kHz FireWire and USB interface for sending 16 independent channels of audio to computer with extremely low latency
-2 channels of monitoring from computer via FireWire or USB interface; can be assigned to control room monitors, main mix and AUX 1
-Pre/post switch for swapping streaming input channels to computer from pre-low cut, -EQ to post-EQ, post-fader
-Channel 15/16 routed to Computer can be selected from Main mix, Group 1/2 and AUX 2/3
-DFX, our 40-bit high definition algorithm digital multi-effect processor with 100 programs plus tap delay, test tones and foot switch jacks
-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 with effect to monitor level control
- +48V phantom power on Mic channels
-Solo feature on each input and output
-Two true subgroups with Main Left and Main Right routing switches
-Built-in switching power supply with universal connector, accepting 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
-1 x Helix Board 18 Universal mixer
-1 x FireWire cable
-1 x USB cable
-1 x DVD with ASIO & WDM drivers and Cubase LE 4
-1 x Power cable
-1 x Rack mounting kit
The pre/post switch – previously found on each channel strip of the Helix Board FireWire MKII – is still present, allowing users to adjust their audio signal to the computer between that of a pre-fader signal to a post-fader. Users also still have the ability to send an additional stereo signal to the computer; selectable from the Group, AUX or Main signal.
New to the table this time around, however, is the USB 2.0 interface. Allowing for multi-track computer on any modern PC, the USB 2.0 comes as a God-send to all users who were originally reluctant to upgrade their PCs with FireWire cards. An updated version of the Phonic ASIO driver will also be present, as well as the all new version of Steinberg’s Cubase LE 4 software.
The Phonic Helix Board 18 Universal Mixer displays similar proficiency that previous Phonic products have shown; with the addition of such innovative features as FireWire and USB interface. The Helix Board 18 Universal features full gain ranges, amazingly low distortion levels, and incredibly wide dynamic ranges - just showing the dominance these small machines will have in the mixing World.
The FireWire and USB interface of the Phonic Helix Board 18 Universal Mixer allows users to stream up to 16 individual channels to any PC or Mac, allowing for recording, editing, tweaking and deletion of all tracks at will. Then, when all your mixing is done, your final product can be burnt onto CD. You can also receive 2 input channels (or returns) from the FireWire and USB interface to monitor your mix on your Helix Board.
Also included with the Phonic Helix Board 18 Universal Mixer is Steinberg Cubase LE 4 software, giving users a taste of the operation of professional Digital Audio Workstation software by allowing users to record up to 8 tracks simultaneously. Other high performance Digital Audio Workstation software will allow upto 16 channels to be simultaneously streamed and recorded. All-in-all, the Helix Board 18 Universal will no doubt prove itself to have been a valuable investment.