PowerMate 1600-3

This compact powered mixer has a total output of more than 2.000 watts. It is by far the most powerful and best equipped compact powered mixer on the market, at only 14kg! With its very lavish feature set and exemplary versatility it is the ideal choice for all professional applications in which few channels yet very high audio quality are required.
Performance without compromises The most powerful, complete powered mixer. Unique. PM1600-3

16-channel Compact Power-Mixer

  • Intuitive mixer section: 16 input channels with 12 Mic/Line, 4 Mic/Stereo-Line
  • Very powerful amplifier (2 x 1.000W/4Ω, 2 x 1.350/2,7Ω) with sophisticated protections.
  • 2 High-Quality FX processors, editable with 100 factory and 20 user presets
  • Professional 4x4 24-bit/96kHz USB interface, recording software and MIDI interface for FX control
  • Stereo EQ for the main mix
  • First-class components ( e.g. ALPS faders and potentiometers)
  • Large, contrast rich OLED display
  • Lightweight (17kg) road-ready package with extra robust cover-lid

MIC/LINE Input Channels

The XLR microphone input is equipped with an extremely high quality, ultra-low noise, discrete preamp. The +48V phantom power for condenser microphones can be switched in groups of six. The Line Input and Channel Insert are implemented as TSR sockets; gain can be controlled in the range of 0-60 dB. The switchable Lo Cut filter (80Hz, 18dB) serves to eliminate low-frequency noise. A very typical DYNACORD feature is the asymmetrical Voicing Filter that allows to emphasize the voice powerfully in the mix. Optimized for ease-of-use, the 3-band semi-parametric equalizer allows with a few turns requisite corrections, swiftly and intuitively. With its extended buss structure, the PowerMate-3 offers very flexible configuration options with 6 AUX busses available: 2 (FX) are assigned to the two effects sends; 2 (AUX) can be configured globally either as monitor or effects sends; 2 (MON) are designed as monitor sends, each equipped with a sweep able anti-feedback (notch) filter in the Master section as a quick help to prevent feedback on stage. MUTE and PFL switches, each with its own LED, make it possible to mute each input channel individually and/or listen to its pre-fader signal. Each channel offers a Signal Present and Peak LED for level control. The channel faders are dust-protected and offer not only excellent crosstalk attenuation but also a practice-optimized control characteristic. All potentiometers and faders are high-quality components from ALPS, using several customized designs exclusively for DYNACORD.

Stereo MIC/LINE Input Channels

The stereo input channels are equipped in much the same way, but optimized for stereo signals. Two of the four stereo inputs are additionally equipped with additional cinch (RCA) sockets for CD or MP3 players. The two other stereo inputs receive either line signals or the signals of the digital audio interface USB 1-2 and USB 3-4. Separate Gain controls are provided for the Stereo Line and Mic inputs to allow parallel use if required. Three-band tone controls are provided and a Balance control replaces the PAN control found in the mono channel strips.


PowerMate’s Master Section is lavishly equipped too. The 11-band stereo equalizer can be routed to the Master channels to adjust the main speaker system, or control the Monitor Sends for stage monitors. The FX1+2 Returns as well as the AUX1+2 and MON1+2 Sends are on faders just like the Master L/R signal, for comfortable and intuitive operation. The Master B signal is switchable pre or post Master L/R fader and can be mono-summed if desired. Perfect for a secondary speaker system, or adding mono subwoofers. The Master signal is also available on the REC Send cinch (RCA) output with level control. The level meters of the PowerMate comprise two LED chains of 12 LEDs each, covering a range of 40 dB. When the PFL switch is activated, the left-hand LED chain shows the internal level of the master buss in dBu to allow a precise gain trim of the input source. The Standby switch mutes all channels e.g. during pauses, with only the 2TRACK-to-Master input remaining active for the playback of interval music. A 4-pin XLR socket is provided for the connection of a standard 12V/5W gooseneck lamp.

Digital USB 2.0 4x4 Audio Interface

PowerMate has a professional 24-bit/96kHz USB 2.0 digital audio interface for PC or Mac. Four channels can be transmitted in either direction simultaneously. This interface can therefore be used for the input of audio signals (e.g. 4 backing tracks / playbacks) while recording 4 channels in parallel. This allows to use PowerMate not only live on stage but also in recording sessions and studio work. The entire USB configuration is done in the main menu. PowerMate ships with instructions and a free license for Cubase LE (PC or Mac). PC-MIDI-Interface The PowerMate also offers a fully-featured PC MIDI interface. The MIDI input also supports the remote switching of both internal effects units using a master keyboard or MIDI footswitch.

Professional Effects, OLED Display and Processing Menus

PowerMate has always been known for its studio grade FX devices, building on Dynacord’s heritage as a pioneer in digital effects. The two stereo multi-effects processors work completely independently of one another; each offering 100 effects algorithms optimized for live performance. AD/DA converters and 48-bit double-precision processing guarantee the finest studio quality based on state-of-the-art technology. The most important FX parameters are editable and changes can be stored in 20 user presets. Linear 24-bit The libraries of 100 factory settings in each device are packed with high-quality reverbs, halls and plates that deliver professional results in live performance on stage as well as in both studio and home recording environments. Other presets include Echo/Reverb and Chorus/Reverb combinations, a variety of delay, flanger, chorus and doubling algorithms, as well as special reverb and delay programs. When a delay effect is active, the delay time can be synchronized to the beat of the music using the TAP key.

Processing Menu

A clear menu structure allows to easily configure the effect devices, utilize special functions and the wide variety of editing options to perfectly match the individual requirements. The operation is intuitive and made easier still through the use of soft keys and a rotary encoder. Particularly valuable is the option to adjust the PowerMate perfectly to the selected loudspeaker cabinets: optimizing the audio performance and maximizing the operating safety and reliability of the system using the LPN Processing and Speaker Protection menus. LPN-Processing Small to medium-sized loudspeaker cabinets exhibit distortion in the transient response of the woofer. This is for physical reasons that have nothing to do with their make or quality. Since neither graphic nor parametric equalizers can compensate for transient distortion, the PowerMate offers a configurable LPN (low-pass notch) filter. Depending upon the size of the loudspeaker cabinet being used and also to adjust to problematic acoustics, the LPN filter can be set to either High or Medium. The result is considerably greater punch (e.g. from the kick drum), an extension of the frequency response to lower frequencies, and an overall improved transparency in the bass and midrange. Speaker Protection This menu allows you to match perfectly the continuous power output of the PowerMates power amplifiers to the connected loudspeakers to gain operational safety and system reliability. Through dynamic limiting of the maximum power at the output, loudspeaker damage due to thermal overload can be avoided, without sacrificing the wide dynamic range the power amplifiers provide. The maximum permissible nominal power handling of the connected loudspeaker cabinet can be selected from the menu. Unlike with conventional peak voltage limiters, dynamic peaks of short duration are permitted, as loudspeaker cabinets tolerate peak levels higher than their nominal sustainable loads (RMS). The speaker protection supervises permanently the amount of energy being fed to the loudspeakers, only limiting it in the event of a threatened overload, and even then softly and inaudibly. For peak levels of short duration, the full output of the power amplifier remains available at all times, even when relatively small cabinets are being used. As a result, the maximum dynamic range of the system is maintained at all times, combined with the highest degree of operational safety and reliability.

Professional Class-D High-Performance Power Amplifiers

The PowerMate is equipped with a professional, extremely powerful, stereo power amplifier that uses latest, highly efficient class-D technology for highest quality audio performance. At a nominal output of 2 x 1.000 watts RMS into 4 ohms, or 2 x 1.350 watts RMS into 2,7 ohms, only a comparatively small amount of heat is generated within the device, consuming considerably less power than a conventional power amplifier. The minimal load impedance of 2,7 ohms, allows operation with up to three 8-ohm loudspeaker cabinets in parallel per channel without any problems. The overall power supply is handled by an extremely robust, microprocessor-controlled, switching power supply, with a huge weight-saving over a conventional toroidal transformer. Another advantage is the automatic mains voltage switching, which ensures that the PowerMate can be used without any problem anywhere in the world. Voltage surge protection is also integrated. A soft start function prevents the mains fuse tripping when the device is switched on. The PowerMate is equipped, naturally, with all the protective circuitry familiar from DYNACORD power amplifiers and satisfies even the extreme demands of hard tour use. The power amplifiers are protected against thermal overload, short-circuit, back EMF and no-load operation as well as high-frequencies or DC at the output. Both outputs are supervised independently: should a fault occur, only the channel affected is shut down. When the device is powered up, there is a delay before the power outputs are connected, to obviate the risk of noise. The thermal stability of the PowerMate is assured by two very quiet fans with continuously variable speed. The front-to-rear airflow allows the device to be used in large or small racks. Furthermore, the PowerMate is equipped with an intelligent thermo-limiter, so if ever the threat of overheating does arise, the clip limiter intervenes in a highly musical way, acting only upon the peaks. In this way, a total shutdown of the power amplifiers is effectively prevented. The PROTECT and LIMIT LEDs on the front panel indicate the current operating state of the power amplifiers.

Innovative Solution for Protection and Transportation

PowerMate 1000 and 1600 are supplied with a very robust cover lid – made from a customized plastic material mix - with an integrated handle. A solution that offers optimal protection for the device as well as greater carrying comfort without the need of adding a large, heavy flight case.

DIM 30 <0.05%%
Crosstalk < Amplifier L/R: < -85dB; Channel to Channel: < -80dB; Mute- and Standby-Switch attenuation: > 100 dB; Fader and FX/AUX/MON-Send attenuation: > 85dBdB
Frequency Response (-3 dB) Any input to any Mixer output: 15Hz to 70kHz; Any input to Speaker L/R output: 20Hz to 30kHzHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-weighted) 105dBdB
Power Requirement 100V to 240VAC, 50Hz to 60Hz
Power Consumption 450W
Cooling Continuous speed controlled Fans
Height 164.5mm (6.48")
Width 663.5mm (26.12")
Depth 571.5mm (22.5")
Weight Net 17kg (37.48 lbs)
Auxiliarys (MON, FX, AUX) 2 Pre, 2 Post, 2 Pre/Post switchable
Channels 12
CMRR, MIC input, 1 kHz >80dB
Digital Audio Interface Channels: 4 In / 4 Out; AD/DA Conversion: 24-bit; Sampling Rate: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96kHz; PC Interface: USB2.0, Female Type B; Peak Display: 6 dB before Clip
Displays 128 x 64 pixels, OLED
Effects Type: Dual stereo 24/48-bit multi effects processors; Effects presets: 100 Factory + 20 User, Tap-Delay; Remote control: Footswitch, MIDI
Equalization LO Shelving: ±15dB / 60Hz; MID Peaking, mono inputs: ±15dB / 100Hz to 8kHz; MID Peaking, stereo inputs: ±12 dB / 2.4 kHz; HI Shelving: ±15 dB / 12 kHz; Master EQ 11-band (63, 125, 250, 400, 630, 1k, 1.6k, 2.5k, 4k, 6.3k, 12kHz): ±10dB/Q = 1.5 to
Equivalent Input Noise, MIC input, A-weighted, 150 ohms -130dBu
Filter LO-CUT, mono inputs: f=80Hz, 18dB/oct.; VOICE FILTER, mono inputs: switchable; FEEDBACK FILTER, MON ½: 70Hz to 7kHz, Notch, -9dB; Speaker Processing: LPN, switchable
IMD-SMPTE, power amplifier, 60 Hz, 7 kHz <0.15%
Input Impedances MIC: 2㏀; Insert Return: 3.3㏀; 2Track Return & CD In: 10㏀; All other inputs: > 15㏀
Input Sensitivity MIC: -74dBu (155μV); LINE (Mono): -54dBu (1.55mV); LINE (Stereo): -34dBu (15.5mV); CD (Stereo): -34dBu (15.5mV); POWER AMP INPUTS: +8dBu (1.95V)
Max. Single Channel Output Power, Continuous, 1 kHz, THD = 1% into 2.66Ω: 2 x 1350W; into 4Ω: 2 x 1150W; into 8Ω: 2 x 650W
Max. Single Channel Output Power, Dynamic-Headroom, IHF-A into 2.66Ω: 2 x 1600W; into 4Ω: 2 x 1250W; into 8Ω: 2 x 675W
Maximum Midband Output Power, 1 kHz, THD = 1%, Dual Channel into 2.66Ω: 2 x 1350W; into 4Ω: 2 x 1000W; into 8Ω: 2 x 600W
Maximum Output Voltage 74 Vrms
Maximum SPL MIC inputs: +21 dBu; Mono Line inputs: +41dBu; Stereo Line inputs: +30dBu; All other inputs: +22dBu; All other outputs: +22dBudB
MIDI Interface 5-pin DIN connector, In / Out
Noise, Channel inputs to Master A L/R outputs, A-weighted Master fader down: -97dBu; Master fader 0dB, Channel fader down: -89dBu; Master fader 0dB, Channel fader 0dB, Channel gain unity: -82dBu
Operating Temperature Range +5 °C…+40 °C (40 °F…105 °F)
Output Impedances Phones: 47Ω; All other outputs: 75Ω (unbalanced), 150Ω (balanced)
Output Power Control (Speaker Protection) Adjustable longterm RMS Limiter
Output Stage Topology, amplifier Class D
Phantom Power 48VDC
Protection Mixer Outputs (Relay controlled): MON 1, MON 2, MASTER A; Amplifier: Audio Limiters, High Temperature, DC, HF, Short Circuit, Peak Current Limiters, Turn-on Delay, Back EMF; Switching Mode Power Supply (μC controlled): Inrush Current Limiters, Mains Over/
Rated output power (*rated load) THD < 0.2%, 20Hz – 20kHz into 4Ω: 2 x 900W; into 8Ω: 2 x 450WW
Safety Class I
Shipping Weight 20kg (44.09 lbs)
Total Harmonic Distortion MIC input to Master A L/R outputs, +16dBu, typical: < 0.005%; POWER AMP INPUTS to Speaker L/R outputs: < 0.075%%