Hi Guys,

The POWERPLAY P16 system has proven to be a very effective solution for House of Worship. This BEHRINGER Tech Talk describes each POWERPLAY unit and how you would implement them into your existing sound system. Let’s get started by going over the general P16 system.


POWERPLAY System Setup:

The BEHRINGER POWERPLAY P16 system is the easy, affordable way to give your House of Worship the ability to take control of individual mixes. This gives each individual of your praise team the exact mix they need for IEM (in-ear monitor), or floor monitors, allowing the engineer to concentrate on providing the audience with the best possible listening experience. Fast and easy to setup, a basic system can be installed and configured in a matter of minutes—and the system can be expanded to adapt to changing needs.

The POWERPLAY units:
  • P16-M: The 16-channel digital stereo mixer is used to create your own personal monitor mix. The 16 channels of audio sources are sent through standard CAT5 cable.
  • P16-I: An analog to digital conversion unit which converts 16 analog inputs into 24-bit digital audio to be transmitted over CAT5 cable to a receiving unit such as the P16-M or the P16-D
  • P16-D: A distribution hub which takes (1) ULTRANET input and feeds (8) ULTRANET outputs. The P16-D can be used for system expansion and receives ULTRANET signal from either the P16-I or the X32.
  • P16-MB: A mounting bracket for the P16-M. This mount can attach to a microphone or music stand.

Powered and Unpowered P16 Connections:

Powered ULTRANET P16 Connections send power down the single CAT5 wire to each P16M.
  • Powered - All outputs on the P16-D
  • Powered - All outputs on the P16-I

Unpowered ULTRANET connections require you to plug the P16-M into a wall outlet for power.
  • Unpowered - ULTRANET output on the back of the X32 directly
  • Unpowered - ULTRANET output on the back of the S-16 stagebox
  • Unpowered - When using the Thru jack to connect additional P16-M "daisy chained" together

Setting up the POWERPLAY System:

If you have an analog or digital console other than X32: You would use the P16-I in this situation to send your audio channels through ULTRANET. You can select up to 16 audio signals from your console using 1/4” to 1/4” cables, (TRS balanced or unbalanced), which are the most common outputs on an analog console. The P16-I also features ADAT inputs, which provide the option to connect other digital consoles digitally. These 16 channels can be fed from your console’s direct outputs, (from input channels), subgroup outputs, aux outputs or your Main L/R outputs. Any of the 6 ULTRANET outputs can now be connected directly to a P16M, or to P16-D if more than 6 outputs are required.

If you have an X32 console: You can use the dedicated ULTRANET port on the back panel of the X32 and connect it directly to either a P16-M or into the P16-D distribution hub. If you send the ULTRANET signal directly to a P16-M, you will need to plug it into an A/C outlet for power as described above. On the X32 you use the Routing screen and tab over to the P16 tab to select which sources are fed to the ULTRANET output. If your X32 system is also using the S16 digital stagebox you can use the ULTRANET port on the back panel of the S16 to send your 16 channels of audio to your receiving POWERPLAY units.

Uses for the POWERPLAY System:

In your House of Worship: Stage space and volume are areas of concern. Many churches are starting to use In-Ear monitoring system and moving away from the traditional floor monitor speaker. Doing this is not only reducing the amount of noise on the stage, but also freeing up space on the stage to allow more movement for the praise team. Having less items, (floor monitors), or smaller items, (In-Ear monitors), also helps with keeping a cleaner performance area. With the P16-M unit, not only does it help with the previously mentioned situations, but the P16M also gives the praise team the option of having each member control their individual mix and allow the FOH technician to concentrate on the overall mix for the congregation.

The POWERPLAY system is a monitoring system for any type of playback application. It is not just for live performance situations, as you can place a POWERPLAY system in a recording studio, a broadcast room, theatre or any environment where you require a reference mix. You can go from using a single P16-M or expand the system to as many P16-M stations as required. At BEHRINGER we have tested the system up to 48 P16-Ms, enough for even a full orchestra. This type of expandability allows the P16 system to grow with your church for years to come.

Below are a few diagrams of how you could implement a POWERPLAY system into your existing or new sound system. I hope that this Tech Talk has helped you understand the different POWERPLAY units and that you feel more comfortable with the possibility of using the P16 products in your church. You are always welcome to ask additional questions about the POWERPLAY P16 system and I will be happy help. Until the next Tech Talk!

Evan Hooton
Specialist, Product Support