Urei 1601S Review

By | Posted July 28, 2006


The UREI 1601S is identical to the UREI 1601, but has the added feature of a high-performance 2-bank 32 beat 96kHz/24-bit auto looping sampler with 1-shot and reverse functions.

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Staff Review

Urei 1601S – Reviewed by: JGeffen
Email: JGeffen@gmail.com

I bought my 1601S at my local guitar center for sale at around $300, normal retail price seems to range anywhere from $500 to $950 (according to Froogle.com; list $829). This battle-format mixer comes in a box held securely by two plastic-foam bars, which is also packed with the owner's manual and two mini-allen wrenches so you can take the mixer apart. Also included is one standard American 3-prong power cord. This mixer is solid and has a well-built feel, but is, at the same time, very light.

The layout of this mixer is, well, American for a lack of a better word. All of the knobs and LEDs are red, white, or blue. So I guess you could say it could be French as well. But in any case, this is a pretty typical layout for a scratch mixer with wide open areas around the faders, and most of the controls – A LOT OF CONTROLS - located in the top half. All fader modification controls and headphone controls are located on the front panel of the mixer, with the exception of the split-cue control, which is on the face panel.

You will also notice that all of the standard features you'd expect on a high-end mixer to be located on the face panel as well. One mic input with two-band EQ control, 3-band EQ for both main channels, aux send/return controls, and 45mm faders which are smoother than warm butter. Upon further inspection, you will also notice some of the special features of this mixer, including two effects: an exciter and two samplers.

The Urei 1601S has 3-band equalizers on each channel, the knobs of which are about a ½" in diameter. These are, by far, the easiest knobs to turn that I've ever encountered, which is good, as they're a lot smaller than those of the Ecler Nuo2. Turning all the EQ pots counterclockwise engages the Cut function, and engaging all three EQ cuts eliminates the signal entirely. The only complaint I have about the EQ section is that the knobs are hard to read, as the level indicators are black, as are the knobs themselves.

All faders are completely adjustable and customizable. You can reverse each fader, adjust the curves, etc etc. These faders are ultra-smooth and are barely resistant to the touch, giving them an exceptional feel for scratching. Heck, I don't know how to scratch for s*** but I gave a crab scratch a try and it worked well. So that's gotta say something about the quality of these faders.

Sound Quality
… is exceptional. Soundcraft, the company which makes the Urei mixers, is legendary for the quality of their console mixers, and that heritage of superior quality is clearly passed on through this mixer. Extremely crisp highs, clear mids and rich lows are the standard on this mixer. There is even a tone control for the headphones. Furthermore, the exciter effect also adds a customizable sound to the mix; engaging this function enhances the high end, and adds a phaser/twanger/filter effect to your choice of frequencies (it's adjustable).

Other things I like that I didn't know where to include:
Volume – this thing is loud
LEDs – these things are bright, multicolored, and exciting.
Output Options – THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS! We have TWO STEREO XLR OUTS (one main mix, one for booth out). There are also master and booth RCA outs.

Things I Don't Like:
No Record Out – how did Urei forget a standard record output??
No Power Button – again, how they forgot this component, I have no idea.
Layout – it's pretty crammed, but is somewhat intuitive.

Good buy. Easy to use. Very versatile. Lacks some pretty common and basic features (see things I don't like), but Urei compensates for those features with the abundance of other features.

7.5/10 Stars
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Features & Specs

UREI 1601S has the Same Features as 1601 but also has a built in Sampler
• 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
• 2 Bank, 32 Beat Facility and 24 bit/96K Performance
• Playback Assignable to Both Channels
• Write into Sampler from Cue, Channels 1/2, or Master
• 1 Shot, Loop, and Reverse Playback Modes
• BPM Lock Indicator and backlit sample indicators
• Footswitch Option Controls both Sample Banks


The UREI 1601S is a two channel battle mixer with clean, open fader section for quick manoeuvres, 360degree customisable phono line switches, cross fader monitor selector and eq on the backlit headphone out, input and out put super clear LEDs, full cut hi, mid, low knobs, send and return fx loop, non-ware annosized top plate and many more dj-friendly features. You can see that a lot of thought has gone into this mixer with input from world renowned internation turntabalists making this a very versatile and customisable performance scratch mixer complete with the legendary UREI sound quality.

• 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 1601S 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


* 2 bank 32 beat facility with 24bit/96kHz performance

* Playback assignable to both channels

* Write from Cue, Channels 1/2 or Master

* 1-shot, loop and reverse playback modes

* 25mm faders to control level and trigger playback

* BPM lock indicator and backlit sample buttons

* Footswitch option controls both sample banks

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.

Both sample banks can be triggered via external footswitches, connected to the 1601S via the supplied 1/4" jack sockets.

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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