Wheatstone L-16
Wheatstone L-16
Wheatstone L-16
Wheatstone L-16
Wheatstone L-16

Wheatstone L-16


Regular price $32,198.00

Wheatstone L-16 Digital Audio Control Surface and Mix Engine

The new 16-channel L-16 is based on all the same design principles as Wheatstone’s popular L-8, L-12 and flagship LX-24 control surfaces – a precision-built, low-profile, tabletop IP control surface that offers assignable sources to any fader and with hot-swappable individual fader modules.It offers everything needed for mixing at your fingertips — the right controls and buttons and metering for assigning and recalling inputs, panning channel signals in the stereo field, and executing events and cueing sound.

Each of its faders has four stereo output buses, a stereo cue bus, and its own individual Bus-Minus. An OLED source name display, an A/B source selector, and one programmable soft button are also provided, and a SET button gives access to assignable controls in the master section. Snapshots of the L-16 configuration can be saved and recalled at the touch of a button, making setup for different working sessions a snap.

The L-16 has built-in cue speaker and its meter bridge features three sets of bright, high resolution LED meters. The L-16 is designed for use with the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network. WheatNet-IP is Wheatstone’s popular audio-over-IP network system featuring Gigabit Ethernet throughput and logic control integrated with audio routing, providing operators with instant access to not only I/O, but the logic commands that go with I/O devices and audio.

A Console Audio BLADE provides the audio mix functionality; additional BLADEs can be added for inputs and outputs in a variety of digital and analog formats. The IP console is sleek, versatile, and low profile (no tabletop cutout needed). Just plug the L-16 into the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network, and quickly assign any source of any type from anywhere in the network to any channel fader.

Low-profile, tabletop form factor allows clear sight lines and requires no furniture cutouts
Hot-swappable fader modules
Four stereo busses
Any source to any fader
A/B dual input switching
Bus-Minus (N-1) on each input channel
Built-in Class D headphone amplifier and level control
Event preset recall
Includes IP88CBL Console BLADE

Cool Stuff About the L-8/L-12/L-16
It’s exceptionally powerful while being exceptionally easy to use...

Modular Architecture

For the L-8/L-12/L-16, we’ve moved the logic, audio and interface to a single space rack unit we call the IP88CB Console Audio BLADE. This mix engine and I/O unit handles all the interfacing and heavy lifting. It connects to the L-8/L-12/L-16 control surface via standard Ethernet. The two of them together make an incredibly powerful self-contained console. But there’s more – they enable you to become a part of the WheatNet-IP network (if you have one, of course). This means that with the L-8/L-12/L-16, you’ve got the first building block to a networked facility or you’ve got another station on your existing network. Either way, the functionality you get with the L-8/L-12/L-16 is pretty breathtaking.

Source Select

L12 Buttons OLED

Any channel can be assigned to one or more of the four program output busses, making your material available to an on-air feed as well as an internet stream, for instance.

Any input can be called up on any channel on the L-8/L-12/L-16. This means, for instance, the feed you’ve got plugged into input 7 on the back of the Console BLADE (or ANY BLADE I/O Interface) can show up on channel 2…or any other channel. Same with any input.

Not only that, you can assign a backup or different source to the same channel and switch on the fly by using the SOURCE A/B buttons. As if this isn’t cool enough by itself, think about the flexibility if/when you decide to link the L-8/L-12/L-16 up to a network. Imagine having any source on the network at your fingertips, with no patching.

Modular Construction

L12 Modules

We’ve built the L-8/L-12/L-16 (in New Bern, NC USA, by the way) to be easily accessed by you. No ‘one-surface, gotta take the whole thing apart construction’ here. If you need access to a channel, all it takes is two screws and you’re in.  Makes it a breeze to service or simply swap out a module.

Mix-Minus/Direct Output/Talkback

L12 ButtonsB

Each fader has a dedicated Mix-Minus output that includes all active faders on its selected source bus, except for itself. These auto generated monaural Mix-Minus signals may be routed to feed telephone hybrids or other devices as required. Alternately, these outputs may be set to provide a separate direct output from that channel only, consisting of the source assigned to that channel. Each channel has a talkback that will interrupt the feed to that mix-minus.

IP-88CB (L) (E) Console Audio BLADEs

The IP88CBL provides powerful interface options, including four AES inputs, four stereo analog inputs, four AES outputs, and four stereo analog outputs on RJ45s; control room and studio stereo analog outputs on XLRs, two mic level inputs with gain trim and switchable phantom power on XLRs; cue and headphone outputs on both RJ45 and 1/4" TRS, and 12 GPI logic ports on RJ45.

The IP-88CBL provides a power supply via a DC out the for L-8.

The L-12 and L-16 utilize an IP-88CB and a compact external power supply.

The IP-88CBE or IP-88CBLE adds optional EQ and dynamics capabilities to the L-8/L-12/L-16 which is controlled by the available L-EQ panel. This Console BLADE and panel can be configured when ordering or can be added to existing consoles by contacting our sales department.


Ethernet: RJ-45
Headphone: TRS 1/4” phone
Power: DC connector jack w/locking ring (L-8)


All front to back: 16-1/4” (41.275 cm)
All front height: 1-1/2” (3.81 cm)
All rear height: 4-1/4” (10.8 cm)
L-8: 16-5/8” (42.23 cm)
L-12: 25 5/8” (65.09 cm)
L-16: 31 5/8” (80.33 cm)