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IONIC 16

16-in / 12-out SoundGrid stagebox with Waves Signature Preamps
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Step Up to Superior Stagebox Sound

Waves IONIC 16 delivers superb sound quality, with uncompromising punch and clarity in any live sound scenario. Built for excellence, IONIC is designed to elevate your sound and complement the already exceptional sonic performance of the Waves eMotion LV1 live mixer.

At the heart of IONIC 16 are Waves Signature Preamps—originally designed preamps with fully discrete analog circuits, delivering maximum headroom, lightning-fast transient response, and an incredibly low noise floor, plus your choice between pure preamp sound and added rich harmonic enhancement per input.

  • 16 in / 12 out SoundGrid stagebox with superior audio quality
  • Seamless integration with the eMotion LV1 live mixer
  • 16 mic/line inputs with original-design Waves Signature Preamps
  • 12 crystal clear line outputs (selectable between 18/24 dBu)
  • Stereo AES input/output
  • 2 independent, powerful headphone outputs
  • Analog-modeled harmonic enhancement per input (optional)
  • Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz
  • Analog input impedance selector: classic 2kΩ / modern 7kΩ
  • Road-ready 2U chassis: rugged build, rack-mountable
  • Optional external power supply available separately
Watch It in Action

Pristine Sound, Powered by Waves Signature Preamps

  • Unmatched Preamp Performance with Waves Signature Preamps

    The key to IONIC 16’s sound are the newly designed Waves Signature Preamps: fully discreet, high-end analog circuits, designed to handle any signal you throw at them with full confidence. The gain structure is meticulously designed to deliver a wide dynamic range and handle bigger signals, with practically no restraints. The result is plenty of headroom, transients that do not clip, and an extremely low noise floor—for an incredibly clean, punchy sound.

    Get True Studio Sound on Stage
  • Give Sources Timeless Analog Warmth

    Waves Signature Preamps deliver a rich, full-bodied sound usually found only in high-end mixing consoles, without compromising any of the punch or clarity, using its analog modeled HMX harmonic enhancer. The harmonic enhancer can also be turned on or off per input, with ‘off’ providing a more neutral sound.

    Simple to Set Up. Efficient to Mix.
  • Crystal Clear Outputs with Extra Headroom

    Whether you are powering stage wedges that compete with the drummer, a full rack of in-ears transmitters, or a PA system of any size or quality, IONIC’s twelve powerful outputs and two independent headphones outs deliver super-clear results with plenty of headroom.

    Features: Fast and Efficient Operation
  • Seamless Integration with the eMotion LV1 Live Mixer

    IONIC 16 provides seamless connectivity to any eMotion LV1 system, ensuring quick and easy setup without wasting time on manual configurations. IONIC’s control panel is available in the LV1’s device rack, letting you control various parameters in your preamps and outputs directly from the mixer, without missing a beat.

    Features: From Vocals to “The Ringo Drum Sound”
  • Get More Out of Your Stage Mics

    The preamp section’s analog impedance selector allows you to choose the mic reaction you want. Choose between a classic 2kΩ and a modern 7kΩ, for greater sonic flexibility.

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material