Crest Audio has released the XD-16 and XD-28 small-format, 2U-high rackmount digital mixers.

Crest Audio XD-16Available in 16- and 28-channel frames, XD Series digital mixers offer optional Dante networking as well as real-time remote control and monitoring from any Android, Windows or iOS device. The range of configurations available enables use as a simple FOH mixer, a monitor mixer, a personal monitor mixer or a combination of all three.

An integrated WiFi module enables real-time control and monitoring of the mixer processing functions, either by acting as a WiFi router for direct connection of up to four external devices (laptop, iPad, phone) for remote control, or alternatively by connecting to an external WiFi network. This mode connects both the mixer and the remote control devices via an external router. It has the advantage of extending the mixer’s WiFi range for applications where the remote control devices are a long way from the mixer.

An optional 4x4 Dante network module allows up to eight channels (4-input/4-output) of audio streaming over a Dante network, and also extends the physical inputs of the XD-16/XD-28 by four aux channels, and also adds four outputs (Mon 1-2 and Aux 1-2). Control is provided via the Dante Controller application.

The XD Series mixers may also be equipped with an optional network module to directly link a ‘slave’ mixer to the master unit via a 100Mbps Ethernet connection. Linking a Slave to a Master allows the user to access the Slave’s inputs, expanding the mixer by a further 16 or 28 channels. Master and Slave units process their own input channels, and then the Slave sends the streams to the Master, which collects and mixes the signals before output. Remote control is via the Master unit, which in turn controls the Slave via the network.

Any USB flash media or HDD can be connected to XD Series digital mixers for concurrent recording and playback of dual audio tracks which are stored via USB media in a lossless 16-bit or 24-bit WAV format. Audio streams may be recorded from any node of the processing chain, and users can also create a dedicated stereo mix if desired. In Playback mode, the USB extends the physical inputs of the XD-16/XD-28 with an aux stereo channel. The aux input can access the same processors as the mic/line inputs.

The XD Series digital mixers from Crest Audio deliver a wide range of mixing functionality in a single expandable, configurable, and flexible package.


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