Korg MW-1608 Soundlink Series Hybrid Analogue Digital Mixer


The Korg MW-1608 SoundLink is a 16-channel hybrid Analog/Digital mixer that makes creative mixing easy. Giving you analogs instant control over live mixing emergencies as well as stunning sound quality. Not to mention being even more musician-friendly than competitors. All while giving you the power of high-quality digital where it counts.

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Korg MW-1608 SoundLink

The Korg MW-1608 SoundLink is a 16-channel hybrid Analog/Digital mixer that makes creative mixing easy. Giving you analogs instant control over live mixing emergencies as well as stunning sound quality. Not to mention being even more musician-friendly than competitors. All while giving you the power of high-quality digital where it counts.

Designed with mixer design legends Greg Mackie and Peter Watts

Designed in collaboration with mixer design legends Greg Mackie and Peter Watts; the MW-1608 Soundlink looks just like conventional mixers. While sporting a number of features that make you think “why don’t other mixers have that?”  Boasting new HiVolt microphone preamps, the MW-1608 actually delivers on the “low noise, high headroom” claim made by competitor mixers.

What’s more, Peter Watts brings the same rich, warm preamp, EQ and dynamics quality to the MW-1608 that you’d see on the legendary Trident mixing console. Designed by practical musicians, the MW-1608 is also the only small mixer that supports Mute Groups. Allowing you to instantly call up different combinations of channels for different on stage needs. Giving you four Group options that are al easily programmable and recallable.

MW-1608 – Designed for practical musicians

If you’re like some musicians, you might want to hear more of your own instrument or voice in your monitors. Something that’s a complicated process on other mixers, the MW-1608 Soundlink makes easy. Offering a Musicians Phone feature that provides one-knob boosts of the complete left/right mix into the musician’s individual track. So instead of having to change main mix settings or take up a bus. You’ve got dedicated knobs for two Musicians “more me” monitor mixes.

Powerful KORG Effects

Not only does the MW-1608 Soundlink give you onboard effects; SoundLink mixers use high-quality proprietary Korg custom chips. Building on Korgs multi-decade expertise and featuring 24 ultra-realistic digital effects. While all 6 reverb effects include an alternate WARM version, something that you’ll find incredibly useful. On top of that, all effects parameters can be tweaked, saved, recalled, and activated by an optional footswitch. You’ll also get test tone generators to use within the built-in 24-band Spectrum Analyzer; yet another SoundLink exclusive for a mixer in this price range.

Finally, the Korg MW-1608 Soundlink features rack-mound studio-grade DSP that you can reach easily. All without having to dig deep scrolling through menus to find features you need. Including a row of assignable buttons for EQ and Dynamics that are both effective without being harsh or exaggerated. Also coupled with a 31-band spectrum analyzer, the MW-1608’s 31-band/9-band ParaGraphic EQ solves problems your traditional small mixer couldn’t handle.

SoundLink also available in a 24-channel version.

  • True hybrid design developed with mixer design legends Greg Mackie and Peter Watts
  • 16 x 8 x 2 model features practical design structure and ingenious features that make mixing unpredictable live performances easy even for novices
  • Peter Watts-designed HiVolt mic preamps, with the most headroom of any comparably-priced analog or digital mixer
  • Unique Musician’s Phones Monitor Section for a fast, one-knob boost of a musician’s mix without having to change Aux or Main mix
  • Only mixer in its class with Mute Groups to create various input combinations of musicians or parts of a church service
  • True 8-bus configuration makes SoundLink perfect for recording as well as live mixing musicians, different parts of a church service, or cues during a theater production
  • Peter Watts’ refined, studio-grade, one-knob Compressor on all mic channels
  • Super-useful touches such as best-in-class Feedback control system, all-XLR speaker outputs, 31-band Spectrum Analyzer, and enhanced Break system
  • 20 of Korg’s renowned 32-bit digital effects — 10 at once with recallable parameters
  • Premium components including Velvet Sound™ A/D & D/A converters and silky-smooth, long-life ALPS® faders and rotary controls
• Input Type: Balanced female XLR and ¼” TRS
• HiVolt Microphone Preamp: -128dBu E.I.N, -10 to -60 dBU nominal input level; 3KΩ input impedance
• Frequency Response to Main Output (at unity gain): +0.5 to -1.5 dBu 20Hz to 20kHz
• THD to Main Output (20-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd): 0.004%
• S / N Ratio to Main Output (Ref = +4 dB, 20 kHz BW, unity gain, A-wtd): -70 dBu
• System Crosstalk (Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unwtd): Input to Output, -70 dBu; Adjacent Channels, -90 dBu
• Gain Control Range (± 1 dB): +10dB to +60dB (Mic), -10 to +40dB (Line)
• Main Outputs: Balanced male XLR and ¼” TRS
• Maximum Output Level: +26 dBu
• Output Impedance: 75 Ω
• Headphone Output: 100 mW / ch. @ 32Ω load, 20 Hz-20 kHz (+0.5dB, -1.5dB)
• Savable Settings: Channel Mutes, Effects & effects Mutes, Mute Groups, Break settings, Dynamics, Graphic EQ, Feedback assign to bus
• Recallable Presets: four Mute Groups, 10 Global Scene Memories, 24 FX Memories, 10 Dynamics, 6 GEQ, 16 or 24 Channel Mutes, 3 Feedback bus assignments
Signal Processing
• Mono Channels: HI (12k, shelving), MID (peak, sweepable from 250hz to 5k) and LO (100 Hz, shelving), ±15dB boost/cut;
• Stereo Channels: HI (12k shelving), HI MID (2.5k shelving), LO MID (250 hz shelving) and LO (100Hz shelving) • High Pass Filter: 12dB/octave at 80Hz
• Digital Multi-band EQ: 31-bands with nine frequencies selectable at any one time, Wide 1-octave interval and Narrow ½-octave modes
• Digital Compressor: Hard – 1ms to 40 ms Attack, +11dB to 0dB Threshold; Soft ¬– 1 ms to 40 ms Attack, +11 to -5dB Threshold
• Digital Limiter: 1ms to 40 ms Attack, +19 to +3dB Threshold
• Digital Noise Gate: Hard – 40ms to 1500ms Release, -35 to +7dB Threshold; Soft – 40ms to 1500ms Release, -50 to +4dB Threshold
• Digital Multiband EQ, Compressor, Limiter, and Noise Gate are assignable individually to Main L/R, Aux 1 and Aux 2
• Spectrum Analyzer: 24-channel with Peak Hold function.
• Main L/R Bus ADC Dynamic Range: 115dB (A-wtd)
• Aux and FX Buses ADC Dynamic Range: 111dB (A-wtd)
• DAC Dynamic Range for all Out buses: 115dB (A-wtd)
• USB Stereo Input / Recording Port: USB Class 1
• Internal Processing: 32-bit for internal processing;
• A/D/A Bit Depth: Korg Tru-Bit-Perfect 32-bit
• USB Bit Depth: 24-bit • Sampling rates: 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz
• Digital Effects: Rev Hall, Rev Hall Warm, Room, Warm Room, Rev Vocal, Rev Vocal Warm, Stage, Stage Warm, Plate Reverb, Plate Reverb Warm, Spring Reverb Warm, Analog Delay, Tape Echo, Variable Delay, Delay of the Korg SDD3000, Chorus, Flanger, Exciter, Sub Bass booster, 1 kHZ Test Tone, Slow Sweep, Fast Sweep, White or Pink Noise

• Power Connector: IEC
• Input-Voltage Range: 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
• Power Requirements (continuous): 45 W
• Recommended Ambient Operating Temperature: 0˚ to 40˚ to Celsius /32˚ to 104˚ Fahrenheit
Dimensions: 396 mm x 187 mm x 530 mm
• Weight: MW-1608: 17.6 lbs / 8.0kg

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