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REVIEW: Urei 1601S Mixer
REVIEW: Urei 1601S Mixer
Posted by Gizmo on December 7, 2005 :

We at skratchworx towers first got to play with Urei's scratch mixers - the 1601 and it's sampler equipped twin the 1601s - at MusikMesse and were suitable bowled over with the possibilities. It's been a good few months since the Urei 1601s finally made it onto the dealer's shelves but they're here - and so is the official skratchworx review. It was some time in coming but it's pretty in-depth.

I've been hearing a few murmurs of returned units because of bleeding faders but I've not had that so my review reflects my own experience with the Urei. Read the review here.

NOTE: No further comments are being accepted.
16 comments to this story

On December 7, 2005, dj krisp said this:
good review giz!

On December 7, 2005, LOOSE_UNIT said this:
Thanx for the review giz, i've been waiting for this one. Looks like a pretty solid mixer, nice feautures, creative design, shame about the faders though. I've got a urei compresser at home and its a beautiful piece of kit, flawless sound... but i don't think i'll be forking out for one of these, not without the possibility of changing the faders.Anyways, nice review, Luv your work.

On December 8, 2005, murj said this:
nice review, i had it for a while there. i guess my big sausage fingers couldn't do justice to the ity bity fader knobs, plus there was the fact that the faders bleed and the thing couldn't fit through a doorway to save its life. That sampler was mighty fun tho which lead me to add that i feel that the 1601s does deserve its high review grade of 90% but 85% for the 1601? I think the sampler is 20% of the beast. Without it, its just a overpriced oversized two channel scratch mixer with not so great faders.

On December 8, 2005, murj said this:
oh yeah. you forgot to add the mono output feature(good for live shows)and lack of pan adjustment(which can hurt when you have scratch carts that tend to offset the balance).

On December 8, 2005, rall said this:
Really nice. Guess im quite alone of liking the looks of this one.

Two big minus, the faders and size. I would love to have the sampler on like the rane or ecler or even the pioneer 909.

Next step! Sampler and effects! I know, now were just getting greedy....

But whats up with losing the on/off button? Are you suppose to have the mixer running or yank the cord everytime?

On December 9, 2005, Bomber said this:
hmm...i like it. Good review giz. I think maybe its somthing i wouldnt buy now, but its still a good mixer.
No on off button?? Thats strange. What a simple feature that Urie have left out.

On December 9, 2005, En-G said this:
I would of bought the 1610s if it had better faders. WTF is up with that small knob too! It's a shame! Soundcraft, fix these issues plz!

On December 9, 2005, carbonfresh said this:
wow, the juggling possiblities sound great really quite like the look of it as well. also being able to layer up your beats. Nice one giz good review. (would the credit card mod work on these alps faders?)

On December 9, 2005, spelunk said this:
The sampler seems well executed, but I still would prefer to use an external effects/sampler unit. It just seems so crowded on this one and others, and if it's seperate you can have so much more control.

On December 9, 2005, rall said this:
599 euros at!

Now if someone could just confirm that its suiteble for pro x fade and i might just pick one up.

On December 13, 2005, Wozza said this:
the best thing is Souncraft knew about the small fader knob problem and stuck a bigger one on. Pitty they did not seem to check if that one was big enough

On December 18, 2005, Bomber said this:
Does anyone know at what Price they ar going for in Australian Dollars(AUD)?


On December 18, 2005, Gizmo said this:
Worthy of a news story on it's own (which I'll get round to), The 1601 will now retail at 349 and the 1601s will retail at 399.

For that price, I might have to amend my ratings upwards even more.

And I've now got some info sent to me about how to fit the Pro X Fade to the Urei. I'll publish it later but will come with the biggest disclaimer you've ever seen!

On December 26, 2005, vizible_man said this:
I really want this mixer because of the features and especially the sampler. But I hear very disturbing reports....
I hear it has a serious heating issue especially in the area where the power unit is - can anyone confirm?
Also reports of fader leakage after 2 months of use are very disturbing.
What about fitting a Pro X Fade in there? How is it done and does it make the 1601s the best mixer in the world?
Eh? Or should I get the A&H Xone02 instead? (but I want the 3rd channel and sampler waaaa..aaaa..)

On December 28, 2005, GMoney said this:
I have one of these mixers with a burnt out crossfader after using it for 3 months. The mixer itself is rocksolid, and the sampler is a load of fun. The lines are fine, but I would have expected a bit more out of the fader.
Anyway, I'd LOVE to hear about fitting the pro-X fader into this box Gizmo!!. Please drop an update as soon as you try. I'll order one the day you do! smile.gif



On February 2, 2006, buzz said this:
i just wrote an email to the pro x fader guys and got this reply:
"I think Urei will announce on their website shortly how to fit a Pro X into their range of mixers including the 1601"

sounds great to me since i wrecked 2 crossfaders in 2 days because of changing the cut-in point manually.

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