Phoenix Audio Nicerizer 16 MKII 16-Channel Summing Mixer
The Phoenix Audio Nicerizer 16 MKII Summing Mixer, sweeten and funnel the tracks coming from your DAW with Class-A circuitry, creating the final stereo mix sound stage.
The Phoenix Audio Nicerizer 16 MKII was originally conceived because of the demand from customers for something that would "sweeten" the output from pro-tools and other DAWs, and to make the final mix easier to distribute and handle.
The Nicerizer 16 MKII is designed to take the output out of the digital realm, and to add the Class A characteristics and feel before the final recording. The Nicerizer 16mkII uses Phoenix Audio's well proven and loved Class A output stage, but also has their latest breakthrough in transformerless Class A, Discrete Line Input Technology. The resulting sound is wide and open, but teeming with a lush, yet tight and punchy dynamicism, without any hint of smear or murk. Basically - it sounds just like you would want for it to.
The Nicerizer 16 MKII is a 2U 19" rack mountable 16 - 2 Summing Mixer, that can be stacked and linked in any multiple and various configurations to give high quality, line-level, Class A, discrete buffering, summing and mixing.
What Others Are Saying About The Phoenix Audio Nicerizer 16 MkII...
"At last, I have a summing box that not only preserves the sounds that I capture and blends them effortlessly, it actually improves on them in a way that is not at all subtle and is nothing short of stunning. "Nicerizer" is such a ridiculously appropriate name. Bass goes deeper, wider and inky black, without a trace of muddiness. Spiky digital transients are softened in all the right ways, on the order of microseconds to my ears. Midrange is creamy smooth, and highs are completely silkened... this is most apparent when using crunchy drum loops, as I'm wont to do in my own music. Any remaining sense of "digital" is swept away, and a gorgeous 3-D analog landscape opens up."
Gregory UBK - Kush Audio
"The Nicerizer does just as the name suggests. Itís tonal impartation on a signal is immediately apparent and honestly is quite addictive. No countless A/B tests necessary here. We use it every day to sum stems that our clients bring in to master from. Itís clean enough to handle orchestral cues, but also can be driven a bit to add a little bit of extra mojo to a rock mix. Because I master such a wide range of projects, I really needed something that would sound great on everything and not be too heavy handed on the more delicate projects. Iíve owned about 10 different summing devices in the past. I think I can finally say with confidence that the Nicerizer is the last summing box I will need to buy. Thank you Phoenix Audio!"
Dale Becker - Bernie Becker Mastering
(Neil Diamond, Michael Jackson, Tupac, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Cher, John Legend, Shakira, Macy Gray, John Mayer)
"To my ears there are undoubtedly some things that analogue still does better. For that reason the Phoenix Audio Nicerizer did, in the end convince me of its value in the studio.
I now shudder to think of it disappearing back into the courierís van. It barely interferes with the digital workflow at all and serves up quality sonic results. Itís not the magic-bullet ninja box but in the fight against harsh digital mixes the Nicerizer is a real weapon that delivers a decent lick of the big console sound at a fraction of the cost."
Audio Technology Magazine Australia
Phoenix Audio Nicerizer 16 MKII 16-Channel Summing Mixer Specifications
- 16 channels of Phoenix Audio's Class A, discrete, truly balanced transformerless input stage
- Phoenix Audio's proven and loved Class A, discrete, transformer balanced output stage (DSOP-2)
- Individual pan control for each channel (16 x Pan pots)
- 16 x Balanced Input XLR's. Can accept balanced or unbalanced input with no -6dB loss
- 2 x mix busses (Stereo Mix Bus)
- 1/4" TRS Inserts on Busses (L + R Bus Insert points)
- +8dB Boost button on each channel
- Master mix bus output level control
- Stereo LED level monitoring
- Switchable for each channel and Main Output
- Stereo/mono Headphone monitoring switchable to each channel and Main Output, includes headphone monitoring of the mix bus. (L, R, and Stereo)
- Main Outputs on Balanced XLR's
- 1/4″ TRS unbalanced Jacks for Auxiliary outputs with front panel level control
- 2 Track stereo mono inputs on 1/4″ TRS balanced Jacks
- Class A Stereo-Width control with "Loss-less Bass". Sweepable width from mono through to +25% Wider + Width control Bypass switch.
- Maximum Output Level of +26dB.
- Huge headroom available on all channels.
- All units are wired with PTFE silver military grade cable.
Phoenix Audio Nicerizer 16 MKII 16-Channel Summing Mixer Downloads
What We Think
First, it must be said that the Phoenix Audio Nicereizer 16 MKII is a flat-out bad-sound killer... period. After experiencing what the all Class-A, all Discrete circuitry does when blending your stems into the stereo mix, there's no denying it's power to infuse some delicious electrical liveliness upon your work. The Nicereizer truly seems to open up the energy spectrum of your pre-existing tracks and mixes. The first audio that I put through through the Nicerizer was a simple stereo mix and I was quickly floored by the life and excitement that was now present in the audio that had previously been robbed by the lack of high voltage audio circuitry in the audio interface.
"And when comparing an 'in the box' mix to a mix made with the Nicerizer 16 MkII the differences are incredibly apparent. First off, the audio is without a doubt leagues better than the ITB mix. Second, it is way easier to track and mix with the Nicerizer 16 MKII in place. This is probably because your audio isn't choked to death by a pair of converters on your interface and has the open flow of each of your interface's outputs. Also, the Nicerizer is easy to integrate into your setup. The separation of sounds was better defined vs the DAW's internal mixer.. Also, you can really milk a myriad of tonality out of those Phoenix D-SOP2 output transformers. From clean to a little sizzly to flat out pushed / aggressive, it's a whole world of choice available, simply by varying the output. This is what really adds the sound of electricity to your mix. But most of all, the sound with the Nicerizer is far sweeter than without it. This sound just can't be duplicated inside of a computer - even with all of the fancy 'summing' plug-ins now available (they're cool and all - but they just don't do THIS!).
The stereo width control allows some really good widening or narrowing abilities. But what is really neat about the design is that a normal Sum/Minus circuit will phase out some of your bass signal. Yet the Nicerizer 16 MKII doesn't lose any bass. The width feature, while cool isn't something I felt compelled to reach for all the time. The way that the Nicerizer 16 MKII widens, deepens, and injects BALLS into the audio, is already reason enough.Phoenix Audio's Nicerizer 16 MKII isn't exactly dirt cheap but makes a real, and very BIG difference that you can truly hear as well as feel an added degree of excitement from. This box translates audio entering the ears into smiles on the faces of the listeners.
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