Urei 1601 Review

By | Posted March 1, 2004


The Urei 1601 is a new entry into the Professional Grade Battle Mixer Market!  This line of mixers are amongst the best tools in the world!

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Features & Specs

• Two-channel DIGITAL scratch mixers for tablists.
• Selectable Line or Phono inputs and 3-band EQ on each channel.
• High-pass filters for removing turntable rumble or stage noise.
• FX send & return loop with selectable signal feed locations and an independent mic/line input with 2-band EQ
• Each input fader has selectable response curves, as does the cross-fader.
• The headphone outputs (both ¼” and mini-jack connectors are provided) have an EQ control that allows the DJ to tune the phones to his own ears.
• Two independent sets of dual 10-segment LED meters show the input and output levels.
• Outputs are on both balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA-Phono connectors.
• Specially-designed EXCITER section has a variable frequency control, and a mix control.
• The input faders, cross fader, CF Monitor fader, sampler controls (1601S only), input select switches and EQ pots on the 1601 Series are all user-replaceable!


Two stereo channels with both phono and line level input, trim control and input clip LED (helps avoid distortion)

3 band EQ (Low, Mid, Hi) on both channels providing full cut through to +6dB boost

Separate mic/line input with dedicated insert point and 2 band EQ

Input fader slope control and reverse facility

Comprehensive Aux/FX section with separate send/return levels and select options (attach external effects units)

Dedicated Booth and House outputs, provided on both balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA phono connectors (club quality outputs)

Mono/stereo switching on both Booth and Master outs

Send-and-return FX loop (attach external effects units)

80Hz HPF for removing turntable rumble (instantly cuts out feedback)

10 segment input/output metering with peak hold (super clear monitoring)

Exciter section with frequency and mix controls (boost bad vinyl quality and scratches)

High quality 45mm user-replaceable crossfader with reverse and rotary curve control

25mm user-replaceable monitor crossfader

Flexible headphone monitoring section, with level, EQ and master/cue switching (large and small backlit jacks easy to find in the dark and eq helps avoid deafening)

Session In & Out facility allow daisy chaining of mixers (for group session)

Control surface Anodic printed top panel. Legend won't wear off

Open battle are around main faders

Easy removed top panel by six screws to allow access to user serviceable parts

Stereo line and phono inputs are provided on unbalanced RCA phono connectors. A front panel mic/line input is supplied via a balanced XLR/jack combi connector, while a separate stereo line input is also available via rear panel unbalanced RCA phono connectors. An unbalanced insert point on 1/4" jack allows an external FX processor to be patched into the mic/line signal path.

The Booth output is provided on both balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA phono connectors, and is controlled by the master Booth level control. A 'Mic Defeat' switch mutes the signal from the mic to the booth output to avoid feedback.

The Master output is provided on both balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA phono connectors, and is controlled by the Master level control.

The send-and-return FX loop is supplied on unbalanced RCA phono connectors, and works in conjunction with the top panel Aux/FX level and routing controls.

The front panel illuminated headphone output is supplied on both 1/4" jack and mini-jack connectors for total flexibility.

The high quality internal PSU is fed via an IEC mains inlet, allowing a detachable mains cable to be used. A cable retaining clip provides total cable security.

CD/Line 20Hz-20kHz (+/-0.5dB)
Phono 20Hz-20kHz (+/-1.5dB/RIAA)
Mic [Line] 20Hz-20kHz (+/-2dB) [20Hz-20kHz (+/-0.5dB)]
Aux/FX Return 20Hz-20kHz (+/-0.5dB)
CD/Line 90dB
Phono 75dB
Mic [Line] 70dB [90dB]
Aux/FX Return 90dB
THD <0.02%
Crosstalk 80dB
CD/Line -12dBu/22k Ohms
Phono -52dBu/47k Ohms
Mic [Line] -52dBu/3k Ohms [-12dBu/22k Ohms]
Aux/FX Return -12dBu/22k Ohms
Master (Balanced) +2dBu/600 Ohms
Master (Unbalanced) +2dBu/1k Ohms
Booth Monitor, Mic Insert, FX Send +2dBu/1k Ohms
Headphones -2dBu/22 Ohms
Internal universal voltage switched mode supply
395(H)x280(W)x90(D)mm / 15.5(H)x11(W)x3.5(D) inches 4kg/8.8lbs

• Two Line/Phono input channels and a Mic/Line input, with switchable line levels on phono inputs
This console is perfect for performance DJs, and can connect up to 4 CD sources or 2 CD/2 turntables
• Mic defeat on Booth output
The DJ can listen to the mix in his monitors without fear of mic feedback.
• Open and Smooth battle area
The DJ can work in an open area when manipulating switches and faders
Headphone Output with independent EQ
The DJ can EQ the sound of the headphone output independently of any channel EQ adjustments.
• Backlit headphone socket
It’s easy to find the headphone socket in the dark
• Input/cross-fader curve control and reverse facilities
Allows the most flexibility for the different types of DJ styles and techniques
More user-replaceable parts than any other mixer
Including Cross-fader and input faders Phono/Line switches Headphone cross-fader Channel EQ sections Sampler
• Internally Switchable –10dB and –20dB input pads
Allows DJ’s to set up the gain structure to better match the source equipment
• Exciter Section
DJ’s can select certain frequencies and enhance them in the mix. No other DJ mixer currently has this function,
and other mixers would require external processing.
• Customizable positioning of phono/line switches
DJ’s can fit the switches in the orientation that best suits their techniques
• Session in/out facility
DJs can daisy-chain mixers to allow multiple DJ’s to work at once.
• Anodic Printed Fascia/Top Panel
Labeling and Printing on the panel will not wear off. Mixer remains minty fresh looking

1 Soundcraft is a trading division of Harman International Industries Ltd. End User means the person who first puts the equipment into regular operation. Dealer means the person other than Soundcraft (if any) from whom the End User purchased the Equipment, provided such a person is authorised for this purpose by Soundcraft or its accredited Distributor. Equipment means the equipment supplied with this manual.

2 If within the period of twelve months from the date of delivery of the Equipment to the End User it shall prove defective by reason only of faulty materials and/or workmanship to such an extent that the effectiveness and/or usability thereof is materially affected the Equipment or the defective component should be returned to the Dealer or to Soundcraft and subject to the following conditions the Dealer or Soundcraft will repair or replace the defective components. Any components replaced will become the property of Soundcraft.

3 Any Equipment or component returned will be at the risk of the End User whilst in transit (both to and from the Dealer or Soundcraft) and postage must be prepaid. 4 This warranty shall only be available if:
a) the Equipment has been properly installed in accordance with instructions contained in Soundcraft's manual; and
b) the End User has notified Soundcraft or the Dealer within 14 days of the defect appearing; and
c) no persons other than authorised representatives of Soundcraft or the Dealer have effected any replacement of parts maintenance adjustments or repairs to the Equipment; and
d) the End User has used the Equipment only for such purposes as Soundcraft recommends, with only such operating supplies as meet Soundcraft's specifications and otherwise in all respects in
accordance Soundcraft's recommendations.

5 Defects arising as a result of the following are not covered by this Warranty: faulty or negligent handling, chemical or electro-chemical or electrical influences, accidental damage, Acts of God,
neglect, deficiency in electrical power, air-conditioning or humidity control.

6. The benefit of this Warranty may not be assigned by the End User.

7. End Users who are consumers should note their rights under this Warranty are in addition to and do not affect any other rights to which they may be entitled against the seller of the Equipment.
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