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Open Box Presonus StudioLive CS18AI Ethernet/AVB Control Surface with 18 Touch-Sensitive Moving Faders  

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The StudioLive CS18AI mix controller is a versatile, scalable, modular control surface for PreSonus StudioLive RM16AI or RM32AI actively integrated, rackmount digital mixers and the Studio One digital... Read More

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The StudioLive CS18AI mix controller is a versatile, scalable, modular control surface for PreSonus StudioLive RM16AI or RM32AI actively integrated, rackmount digital mixers and the Studio One digital audio workstation. Networked with StudioLive RM-series mixers via AVB Ethernet and PreSonus UCNET technology, the CS18AI enables complete hardware control of all mixer features. With a CS18AI combined together with a StudioLive RM mixer, you can keep your mixing I/O on stage in a rack, while running the mix from hundreds of feet way via a lightweight Ethernet cable”eliminating the need for a cumbersome analog snake and a separate stagebox. In addition to mixing with the CS18AIs touch-sensitive motorized faders, a StudioLive RM as your mix core allows you to integrate an iPad, a large Windows 8 touch screen, or a combination of them all for an unprecedented mixing and control environment.

The 19", rack-mountable StudioLive CS18AI has the same footprint as a StudioLive 16.4.2AI console but features 18 touch sensitive motorized faders to control up to 64 input channels (when used with two cascaded StudioLive RM-series mixers) and the mixers Fat Channel processing section. An RGB Channel Select button makes it easy to identify and switch between channels and the CS18AI also features a 16-channel scribble-strip display and a 4.3" color touch screen.

PreSonus mixers have always supported traditional œlayer workflows for mixing, but many users have reported that they find this œindustry-standard way of doing things to be overly complicated. With StudioLive RM Mixers, and now the CS18AI, PreSonus has introduced Filter DCA Groups, a new way to navigate and control large mixes.

The StudioLive CS18AI can be integrated within an ecosystem of compatible PreSonus applications to create a custom configuration to meet your individual needs. Control StudioLive RM mixers with multiple devices simultaneously by using the CS18AI concurrently with PreSonus UC Surface control software for Mac, Windows, and iPad and QMix-AI personal monitor-control software for iPhone/iPod touch. UC Surface integrates directly with the CS18AI as an extension to the physical controller, providing complementary views for the selected channel strip, full metering, and scene recall. The CS18AI offers direct Capture control for live recording and virtual sound checks, and will also work as a control surface for Studio One (Q3, 2015)

In addition to handling control data, the StudioLive CS18AIs AVB Ethernet connection passes audio. The controller has two mic inputs with recallable XMAX preamps and two balanced TRS line inputs enabling the CS18AI to handle talkback, room mic and other local inputs such as 2-track playback. There are also two channels of digital returns from the RM mixer that can carry signals from the solo bus, main mix, or any aux mixes to feed the two balanced TRS monitor and headphone outputs.

Lastly, because the StudioLive CS18AIs motorized faders are touch-sensitive, you dont have to move a fader for it to recognize its being touched, and you can view the fader value without changing it. When used as a control surface for Studio One (Q3, 2015), this will enable you to write automation using touch-and-latch methods that know when you touch and release a fader.

Features
  • 18 100mm, touch-sensitive motorized faders: 16 Channel, 1 Flex, 1 Master
  • Control StudioLive RM AI mix systems of up to 64-channels
  • Navigate using traditional layers or with intuitive PreSonus Filter DCA groups
  • Active Integration with PreSonus software includes UC Surface software for extended 2nd screen workflows and direct Capture control for live recording and virtual sound checks
  • Studio One 3 control surface functionality coming Q3 2015
  • AVB / Ethernet connectivity
  • 4x2 AVB audio transport with 2 remote XMAX mic preamps for talkback, room mic or other local inputs, 2 balanced 1/4 TRS line inputs, and 2 XLR line outputs + stereo headphone output
  • 16-channels of high resolution 64x96 scribble strip display with pan indicator
  • Variable-color Select buttons for easy channel and groups identification
  • Full PreSonus Fat Channel DSP control
  • 4.3 / 399mm color touch screen
  • 4-pin XLR lamp connection
  • Footswitch input
  • Silent internal PSU with no fans
  • Optional iPad mount accessory
  • Same footprint as StudioLive 16.4.2AI for integration in 19 rack mounts and 3rd-party studio desks
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PresonusStudioLive CS18AI Ethernet/AVB Control Surface with 18 Touch-Sensitive Moving Faders
 
4.5

(based on 4 reviews)

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  • Easy to use (4)
  • Simple controls (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Excellent sound (3)

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4.0

Great mixer controller with minor hardware issue

By Uncle Al

from Connecticut

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Presonus StudioLive CS18AI Ethernet/AVB Control Surface with 18 Touch-Sensitive Moving Faders:

    This is my 3rd review for this mixer. Need to mention that the cat5e input can only accommodate a standard Cat5e cable connection and not the higher grade XLR cat5e type cable connection. (see Behringer Cat5e cable on a reel)
    In addition, it should be noted there are very limited options for a mixer lamp! the input is the 4 pin type and is mounted upside down, limiting your options even further.

     
    5.0

    GREAT VERSATILE COMPACT MIXER!

    By Uncle Al

    from Connecticut

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate Controls
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Presonus StudioLive CS18AI Ethernet/AVB Control Surface with 18 Touch-Sensitive Moving Faders:

      This is actually a continuation of my original review. Just wanted to say that the actual mixer / controller is excellent! there is a learning curve but if you are already familiar with PreSonus mixers, you should have no problem adapting to this one! Just think of it as a StudioLive mixer on steroids! It gives you total control and flexibility over all aspects of the RML32 just as UC surface does! Think of this as a physical form of the UC surface software! Once you realize the extent of your options and possibilities with this unit you should be very happy! I should mention that I haven't used it live yet but I'm confident it will prove to be everything it's cracked up to be!

       
      4.0

      GREAT MIXER, BUT...............

      By Uncle Al

      from Connecticut

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Presonus StudioLive CS18AI Ethernet/AVB Control Surface with 18 Touch-Sensitive Moving Faders:

        I have the PreSonus 24.4.2AI mixer and did some live gigs with a professional 200 ft snake. As you can imagine, the weight of it immediately had me thinking digital snake, Cat5E cable etc. so I purchased the PreSonus RML32 rack mixer / stage box. At first, I figured I'd just purchase the AVB card $299.99 for my mixer and hook up to the RML32. Not that easy. this configuration will only allow you to control volume, levels etc.
        That's it! No access or control over the fat channel! no control of your aux mixes either! This can only be done through WiFi using the UC Surface software!
        I then realized that the only other answer would be the CS18 mixer controller which gives you full and total control of the RML32! I broke the bank and ordered the CS18! Still keeping my 24.4.2 ai for back up and mental security! Ok, I so called prepared myself for any additional learning curve issues by watching countless
        U Tube tutorials. Registering and Updating the firmware must be done before you can do anything else so I decided to start with the RML32.
        Followed the instructions but when I tried to connect to my computer, there was no connection! tried numerous times, repeating over and over again with no success! Tried calling PreSonus. This is where the 5 star rating became 4 star. There is literally zero human person to person contact with PreSonus!
        I had heard before that their customer service sucks! Trust me, this is no exaggeration! waited on the phone multiple times for over an hour each time with no answer! Finally, I decided to try contact through their email option. Two days later I did receive a response in the form of multiple tutorial videos that I had already watched! At this point, I'm ready to just send everything back but I figured I'd give it one more shot. Got some help from GC rep! we walked through the instructions together and I realized I skipped over one part which caused my connection issue! Finally, Happiness!

         
        5.0

        Awesome controller for Studio One Pro and my RM16AI!

        By Alan Heeren

        from Huron, SD

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Presonus StudioLive CS18AI Ethernet/AVB Control Surface with 18 Touch-Sensitive Moving Faders:

          I had been looking at this baby for over a year and finally pulled the trigger due to getting great deal from my GC rep in Sioux Falls, SD
          I am in no way disappointed! Awesome sound and easy to use with Studio One Pro and an RM series mixer! These combined pieces (CS18AI, RM16AI and Motu AVB switch) are the brains of my studio and live rig! Hats off Presonus!

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