It used to be that the line between Live mixing desks and studio mixing desks was very clearly drawn. However, the PreSonus 16.4.2 provides excellent sound quality, and very malleable processing for live work, wrapped around some very useful studio recording facilities. It uses 16 Class A-XMAX preamps which allow a very high headroom combined with a very low noise floor. It has very cool Firewire recording facilities and the incredible ‘Fat channel’ processing which brings 4-band Parametric EQ's, full featured noise gates, compressor, limiter and HP Filter as part of the package.
When PreSonus designed StudioLive mixers, they wanted to combine the ease of a surface-driven analog workflow with the power of digital mixing. What's more, they wanted to deliver it a price that anybody could afford. The StudioLive 16.4.2 and 24.4.2 revolutionized the way modern mixing is done by incorporating a powerful, continuously bidirectional audio interface, tons of DSP horsepower, and the flexibility to mix your show and your monitors from anywhere in the venue. The new generation of StudioLive AI mixers builds on the legacy of their predecessors, adding even more processing, 96 kHz support, and a level of software integration only found in high-end touring consoles.
The Ease of Analog Meets the Power of Digital
When you’re mixing a live event or have an artist in the studio, you need to be able to work quickly. Unique to the StudioLive design is its familiar interface that keeps all critical controls visible and accessible - not buried in multiple menus or layers. Our design philosophy is simple: One fader for every channel, one output for every bus. This is the power of a surface-driven workflow. But don't let the analog feel fool you: StudioLive mixers provide total recall and a unique soft-takeover feature that makes each fader active the moment its position has been recalled.
StudioLive AI-series mixers start with all the strengths that made StudioLive mixers famous. Then they pushed the technology to the next level with Active Integration™ (AI). Each Active Integration component is designed to communicate with the entire networked system and provide a focused workflow for the task at hand. This allows you to use the device most suited for what you are doing, when you are doing it: Ring out monitors with your iPad while you’re standing in front of them; dial in your musicians’ monitor mixes from the stage with an iPhone and then hand it off for them to control; and view the frequency content of channels and buses while you EQ them. That’s just the beginning.
Only PreSonus StudioLive AI-series mixers are tightly integrated with an entire suite of state-of-the-art software that helps you mix, record, produce, and distribute your recordings to the world. StudioLive AI-series mixers are the center of a cohesive universe of software that works together to help you achieve your creative vision.
• Front-of-house anywhere you want or need it with UC Surface for iPad®
• Tune your entire system with the Smaart® System Wizards in UC Surface for Mac OS X and Windows
• Empower musicians to control their own monitor mixes with QMix-AI (iPhone®, iPod® touch)
• Do completely automated virtual soundchecks and record shows at up to 96 kHz with one click via Capture (Mac OS X, Windows)
• Load Capture sessions and StudioLive AI mix scenes into Studio One Artist to create professional-quality mixes (Mac OS X, Windows)
• Push your mix from Studio One Artist directly to your fans and monitor your sales using the integrated Nimbit® dashboard
StudioLive AI mixers provide more DSP processing power than any other mixer in their class. There are no limitations or compromises, no shared resources, no figuring out what processing is available where. You have all of the processing available at all times. No compromises or caveats: a compressor, limiter, expander/gate, and fully parametric EQ on every channel and bus; four effects processors, each with their own dedicated mix bus; a 31-band graphic EQ on every aux mix plus the mains; and 500 ms of delay available to each of the four subgroups.
Abundant Analog Connections
Take a look at back panel of a StudioLive AI-series mixer, and you'll find the robust analog connections you’d expect from an expensive analog mixer: separate balanced mic and line inputs and insert points on every channel; dedicated balanced outputs for every aux bus, subgroup, and the mains; and a wealth of other dedicated inputs and outputs. Every input channel and bus send has its own dedicated jack - no sharing, no compromises.
PreSonus has its roots deep in the studio world. Our founder, Jim Odom, set out to make quality studio equipment, and that legacy carries on today with our boutique line of microphone preamps and studio monitors. We understand that a great mix is dependent on a great front end. Getting a great mix in the digital environment means that front end has to include great converters and a high-quality summing engine, like the one you’ll find in our award-winning DAW, Studio One. We use this same 64-bit summing engine in our StudioLive AI mixers. So when we say "StudioLive" we mean studio-quality sound with live-sound durability and performance.
Create Customized Systems-up to 64 Channels
Only AI mixers let you create a large-format console on a small-format budget. Start with 16, 24, or 32 channels, then cascade a second StudioLive AI-series mixer of any frame size to create custom-sized mixing consoles with all the hardware and software advantages of StudioLive Active Integration systems. Now your system can grow with your needs and budget.
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