L-8/L-12/L-16 - Compact Fully Configured Consoles


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These sleek control surfaces are scaled just right for producing news and voiceovers. Like the LX-24, the L-8/L-12/L-16 have all the latest goodies plus are hot swappable down to the individual fader.

These cousins to the popular LX-24 are big in capability but scaled for news production, voiceover work and all those applications requiring a solid control surface that will deliver under deadline. The L-8, L-12, and L-16 are based on all the same design principles as the LX-24: precision-built, low-profile, tabletop IP control surfaces with hot-swappable individual fader modules that offer assignable sources to any fader.

Each fader can access four stereo output busses, 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-8, L-12, or L-16 configuration can be saved and recalled at the touch of a button, making setup for different working sessions a snap. 

The L-8/L-12/L-16 meterbridge features three sets of bright, high resolution LED meters. A digital timer is also included. The console has control room and headphone outputs with level controls and source selection, as well as an independent studio monitor output. The L-12 and L-16 each have a built-in cue speaker.

These control surfaces re designed for use with the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network. An IP88CBL Console Audio BLADE provides the audio mix functionality as well as power to the L-8 (the L-12 and L-16 have dedicated power supplies); additional BLADEs can be added for inputs and outputs in a variety of digital and analog formats. These new IP consoles are sleek, versatile, and low profile (no tabletop cutout needed). Just plug the L-8, L-12, or L-16 into your WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network, and quickly assign any source of any type from anywhere in your network to any channel fader.


Gorgeous high-definition OLED displays on every channel are dynamic to give you exactly the information you need.

WheatNet-IP Extends L-8/L-12/L-16's Power


With WheatNet-IP BLADE-3s, you get a virtual rack room in a 1-rack space box. They handle all the I/O (AES/EBU, SPDIF, AOIP, MADI, SDI and AES 67) and provide full routing capabilities. Each BLADE-3 gives you two 8x2 utility mixers, 12 universal GPI/O ports, 128 software logic ports, silence detection, built-in audio clip player, stereo multi-band audio processing, and much more, assignable anywhere on the network. With it you can create workflows that would require a ton of third-party gear.


  • Low-profile, tabletop form factor allows clear sight lines and requires no furniture cutouts
  • Any source to any fader
  • Four stereo busses
  • A/B dual input switching
  • Bus Minus (N-1) on each input channel
  • Hot-swappable fader modules

  • Event preset recall
  • Built-in headphone amplifier and level control 
  • Built-in Cue speaker on L-12 and L-16 
  • Includes IP88CBL Console Audio BLADE
  • L-Series consoles can optionally be controlled via remote touchscreens which mirror basic control functions in real-time. For more info click here.

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.

It Couldn't Be Easier...
1. Using standard CAT-6 cables, plug the L-8/L-12/L-16 control surface and the BLADE into a managed gigabit Ethernet switch.

2. Plug some of your own audio sources into the Console Audio BLADE.
Take the output of the BLADE to wherever you want your audio.

3. Turn it on and start mixing! That’s it!

The Modules

L8 Input PanelInput

One press of this button toggles between the channel’s A and B source inputs. Press and hold (SET) to program the channel’s source signals and to access PAN and MODE functions.

SOFT A programmable one-press button; typically used to access hot source preset selection or channel mode settings.

ASSIGN Assign the channel’s signal to the four console output busses: Program, Audition, Auxiliary and Utility.

INFO An OLED color display that shows the channel’s signal source, fader and mode settings.

TB A momentary switch that activates talkback to the bus-minus/IFB output associated with the channel’s source signal.

CUE Places the channel’s signal on the console’s cue bus.

FADER A long-throw Penny + Giles fader sets the channel’s output level.

ON/OFF These switches turn the channel signal on and off. Can trigger external source feeds.


L8 Control PanelControl Room

A rotary encoder that scrolls through various control choices whenever a SET button is pressed on the console.

TAKE Once the function control has selected the desired result (source, mode, pan, event, etc.) pressing the TAKE button activates that choice.

PAN Pans the selected channel’s signal in the stereo field.

MODE Sets the selected channel’s signal as left, right, stereo or mono.

EVENT The L-8 console can store 8 named events (console control surface snapshots) for instant recall. INFO Displays information associated with a SET button – input panels, events, etc.

CR/HDPN Five source select buttons (EXT, PGM, AUD, AUX, UTIL) that determine the control room/headphone monitor feed. 

HDPN Sets the output level of the built-in headphone amp (output jack located in the righthand console endpiece).

SPLIT CUE Sums the current monitor source L+R and sends it to the right channel; CUE appears in the left channel.

INFO Displays source and location information for the current CR/HDPN monitor signal, as well as bargraph indicators for the headphone and CR output levels.

CONTROL RM The level control for the control room monitor output signal.

L8 Studio PanelStudio/Monitor

Similar to the CR/HDPN source select switchbank. Determines the monitor source for the console’s switched meter pair.

TIMER Start/Stop toggle or RESET (press and hold) for the meterbridge digital timer. The AUTO switch starts the timer 
from zero when a programmed input channel’s ON switch 
is pressed.

METER/CLK Displays the switched meter pair’s signal info; includes a time of day digital clock.

STUDIO Similar to the CR/HDPN source switchbank.

CUE Sets the master level of the console’s CUE bus.

TB A momentary action switch that sends the console operator’s microphone signal to the studio monitor output.

INFO Displays source and location information for the studio monitor signal, as well as bargraph indicators for cue and studio monitor output levels.

STUDIO The level control for the studio monitor output signal.


L8 EQ PANELVIZ 121919 4EQ/Dynamics


GRAPH  Displays EQ curves or dynamics settings visually.

INFO  Displays the textual data associated with changes being made to EQ or dynamics.

CMP/EXP  Selects compression or expansion for editing of dynamics, controllable from three knobs at the bottom of the panel.

NEXT  Navigates the EQ/DYN panel to the next fader from the current one, making it easier to cycle through EQ and dynamic settings on the console.

DYN IN  Activates dynamics and applies it to the selected audio.

HIGH/HIGH MID/LOW MID/LOW  Selects which frequency band will be affected by the panel’s control knobs.

LPF/HPF  Activates high or low pass filter settings.

SHLF  Activates shelving control curves instead of peak boost/cut for HIGH and/or LOW EQ bands.

EQ IN  Activates equalization and applies it to the selected audio.

Q/THRESH  Controls the width of the range curve for the selected EQ band or the threshold setting for dynamics.

FREQ/RATIO  Sets the center frequency for the selected EQ band or the ratio setting for dynamics/expansion.

LEVEL/RELEASE  Controls the boost/cut level for the selected EQ band or the release setting for dynamics/expansion.

(NOTE:  EQ for L-8/L-12/L-16 consoles is optional and requires an IP88-CBE console engine BLADE).

The Nitty Gritty

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)

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