Behringer S32 Overview
The Behringer S32 Digital Snake I/O Box takes the burden out of connecting your FOH (Front of House) console with the talent monitor. It provides 32 fully programmable, remotely controllable high-end mic preamps, 16 analog, balanced XLR returns at the stage end, and connects to the FOH through a single CAT5 cable without the need for a dedicated router.
This I/O box is designed with multiple scenarios in mind; it works equally well as a stand-alone pair for use with analog mixing consoles, or as part of the trio of a digital mixing solution along with the X32 digital mixer and P16 personal monitoring system. It is a 32-in and 16-out stage box that features AES50 networking with the Klark Teknik SuperMAC technology.
The 32 Midas-designed XLR inputs are fully programmable and remote controllable from the X32 digital mixer. The 16 balanced XLR outputs provide ample sends to the stage for mains and monitoring. The front panel offers indicators for phantom power and AES50 sync. Additionally, a Mute-All-Inputs button quietens all inputs when connecting an input cable.
The dual AES50 jacks allow transmission of all audio and MIDI data to the X32 FOH with a single Ethernet cable, and also allow up to two S32s to be cascaded for maximum channel count. In this scenario, 64 bi-directional audio channels at 24-bit / 48 kHz can be transferred on just one CAT5 line between the FOH console and the stage, including 48 analog inputs from stage, 32 analog outputs on stage, as well as the 16 Ultranet channels, MIDI data, and head amp remote control.
An additional Ultranet output provides 16 channels for use with the P16 Personal Monitoring System through the Ethernet cable, allowing each musician to dial in his or her own custom mix from the stage. A pair of ADAT ports can carry additional sends to the stage beyond the 16 analog outputs, or split the 16 inputs. Lastly, a USB jack allows for future firmware updates.
When used as part of a complete X32 system, two S32 stage boxes can be cascaded through the built-in AES50 ports, providing connectivity for up to 64 mic / line inputs, 32 balanced outputs, and the Powerplay P16 Personal Monitoring System, which can feed up to 16 individual monitor mixers. It also includes two optical ADAT ports and two AES-3 ports for connecting to outboard devices, MIDI I/O for lighting systems and sound module control, and a convenient USB port for system updates via your PC. The S32 can be cascaded with the S16 or SD16 for full use of the 48-channel bi-directional capacity of the AES50 SuperMAC networking on just one CAT5 line.
Stand-Alone Snake Mode
Although it was initially designed for use with the X32 digital console, any mixing board with AES50 networking capability can tap into this powerful feature set. So, if you happen to work on an analog mixing board occasionally, you could use two pairs of S32s and ADA8000s to form a high-performance, lightweight 16 x 16 digital snake, and all on one CAT5 connection, keeping the preamp remote control functionality.
Seamless Integration with P16 Personal Monitoring System
The Ultranet port on the S32 lets you connect directly to the optional P16 system, which provides an easy way to give your musicians and vocalists what they really want. The P16-M personal mixers let each performer take control of what they hear, allowing you to concentrate on providing the audience with the best possible listening experience. Fast and easy to set up, a basic system can be installed and configured in a matter of minutes, and the system can be expanded to adapt to changing needs.
Klark Teknik AES50
The Klark Teknik SuperMAC (AES50 compliant) technology gives the S32 its high-capacity digital interconnectivity with ultra-low latency operation, superbly simple deployment, and ease of use. The engineers worked hand-in-hand with product developers to ensure that the S32 meets or exceeds the requirements of live performance entertainers and their professional audio engineers. Some of the features are as follows:
48 bi-directional audio channels over CAT5 cable (48 kHz)
24 bi-directional audio channels over CAT5 cable (96 kHz)
Single cable duplex interconnection for audio and sample clocks
Ethernet physical layer audio data transmission
High channel count and ultra-low deterministic latency
Accurate phase-aligned clock distribution
Comprehensive error detection and management
Provision for redundant networking
Minimal configuration, total ease of deployment and use
Ethernet TCP/IP protocol-compatible auxiliary data channel
The S32 is a versatile 32 x 16 digital stage box solution with many unique features. It is built tough to withstand the rigors of the road. It only takes up three rack spaces and connects to FOH with a single CAT5 cable. Now you can have the missing link between the stage and FOH at a fraction of the cost of competing systems.
32 Midas-designed, fully programmable mic preamps for audiophile sound quality
16 analog, servo-balanced XLR outputs
AES50 network ports featuring Klark Teknik’s SuperMAC networking capability for low jitter and latency
Up to 328’ (100m) networking capability via CAT5e cable (sold separately)
Dual AES50 ports for cascading units; no merger or router required
Dual ADAT outputs for use in splitter mode and stand-alone digital multicore applications
Two AES-3 ports (AES/EBU), e.g. for directly connecting PA system controllers with digital inputs
Mute-All-Inputs function for quietly patching any inputs on stage
MIDI in / out for bi-directional communication between FOH console and on-stage MIDI devices
USB connector for system updates via PC
Planet Earth switching power supply for maximum flexibility (100 to 240V), noise-free audio, superior transient response, and low power consumption for energy saving
Built like a tank, yet compact; all-steel 3U rack-mount chassis
High-quality components and rugged construction ensure long life
Package Weight 14.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.0 x 12.0 x 8.5"