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PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2 AI 32-channel Digital Mixer with Active Integration

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With its incredible signal-processing power on every channel, easy store and recall of every setting, and the ability to record it all with just two mouse clicks, a StudioLive mixer will spoil you fas... Read More

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With its incredible signal-processing power on every channel, easy store and recall of every setting, and the ability to record it all with just two mouse clicks, a StudioLive mixer will spoil you fast. Easier to use, better sounding, and flawlessly integrated with state-of-the-art software, it delivers the most creative environment possible for both live performance and studio music production. The 32-channel, 14-aux PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI starts with all the strengths of previous StudioLive models-and then pushes the technology to the next level.

StudioLive 32.4.2AI is built with next-generation Active Integration technology that adds unprecedented power for mixing consoles in this price class. So while the 32.4.2AI looks and feels much like its non-AI counterparts it has with far more computing power, which makes possible some very useful new features.

For starters, you get twice as many internal effects buses and 31-band graphic EQs. We've added six mute groups and user-assignable Quick Scene buttons. You'll love the ability to create two complete sets of EQ and dynamics settings for a channel or bus and then make quick A/B comparisons at the touch of a button.

A built-in 48x34 FireWire S800 interface is standard equipment but Thunderbolt and Ethernet (Dante) cards are expected by the end of 2013. A dedicated USB 2 port and included Wi-Fi LAN adapter lets you control the mixer wirelessly-even without a Mac or Windows PC.

Of course, you get the latest version of our tightly integrated software bundle, including updated Capture 2.0 recording software, Studio One Artist DAW, and Virtual StudioLive-AI editor/librarian/control software with Smaart Measurement Technology. StudioLive Remote-AI for iPad and QMix-AI for iPhone/iPod touch will both be available free from the Apple App Store. The deeper you dig into the StudioLive 32.4.2AI's capabilities, the more you will realize that the future of digital mixing starts here and now.

Products that sense each other, interact and work together via wireless and wired communication, feature 32-bit floating-point DSP and seamlessly integrated software, and run on powerful CPUs is the coming wave of live audio. PreSonus has realized this dream with its new Active Integration technology. Thanks to Active Integration, the StudioLive 32.4.2AI mixer has 64 times the processing power and an incredible 10,000 times more RAM than the StudioLive 24.4.2.

A quick look at the StudioLive 32.4.2AI reveals a now-familiar, user-friendly mixing surface. It sports 100 mm faders for the 32 channels, 4 subgroups, and main bus. As with all StudioLive mixers, convenient knobs and buttons abound, and all core mixing features are immediately accessible from the mixing surface, without using the LCD, providing an intuitive, analog-like user experience.

The unique Fat Channel section delivers a compressor, limiter, gate/expander, and four-band fully parametric EQ on every channel, bus, and subgroup, plus a high-pass filter and polarity invert for each channel-not to mention routing, panning, and Scene and setting store and recall.

Select buttons assign the channels, buses, and subgroups to the Fat Channel for processing and routing. There's a Talkback section, Cue section, and extensive metering.

And of course you get aux buses-14 of them-and 32-bit floating-point stereo reverb and delay on dedicated buses-two of each.
View the rear, and you'll see a familiar StudioLive jackfield, with XLR mic and ¼" inputs and TRS insert points on every channel, along with a wealth of other inputs and outputs. A pair of FireWire ports-FireWire S800, rather than the FireWire 400 ports found on the StudioLive 24.4.2, 16.4.2, and 16.0.2-provides wired networking to a Mac or PC, with options for Thunderbolt and Ethernet (Dante). Stereo S/PDIF digital outputs-check! Analog direct channel outputs on DB25 connectors-check! Obviously, flexible connectivity is no problem.

The audio quality, as always with PreSonus, is first rate. Like all StudioLive models, StudioLive 32.4.2 offers PreSonus' widely lauded Class A XMAX mic preamps and top-notch converters with 118 dB of dynamic range. Reviewers have raved about the high quality of StudioLive mixers' dynamics processing, EQ, high-pass filters, and effects. The only difference with the StudioLive 32.4.2 is that PreSonus has given you even more of them.

The 32.4.2AI is a StudioLive, but it's a major step beyond previous StudioLive mixers.


Features
  • Active integration technology
  • Impeccable audio quality
  • Vast EQ and effects palette
  • Instant A/B compare
  • Great for live or studio
Specifications
  • Mac
  • Mac OS X 10.7.2 or later
  • Intel Core Duo processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or Core i3 or better recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
  • Windows
  • Windows 7 x64/x86 SP1, Windows 8 x64/x86
  • Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon X2 processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X4 or better recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
  • Mac and Windows Systems
  • FireWire S800 (IEEE 1394b) port
  • Internet connection recommended
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
  • Monitor with 1024x768 resolution
  • The minimum system requirements may differ for DAWs other than Studio One. Please check the requirements for your DAW of choice with its manufacturer.
  • Note that the speed of your processor, amount of RAM and size and speed of your hard drive will greatly affect the overall performance of your recording system. Also, a more powerful system (faster processor with more RAM) will allow for lower latency (signal delay) than you might experience while monitoring audio or MIDI signals. Monitor resolution for both PC and Mac should be no lower than 1024x768 pixels.
  • 33 mic high-headroom Class A XMAX mic preamplifiers (32 channels plus Talkback)
  • 32 balanced TRS line inputs
  • 4 subgroups
  • Stereo/mono main out
  • 14 auxiliary mixes
  • 48-in/34-out FireWire S800 digital recording interface (24-bit/44.1 kHz and 48 kHz)
  • Studio One Artist Digital Audio Workstation software for Mac and Windows
  • Capture 2.0 recording software for Mac and Windows
  • StudioLive Remote-AI mixer-control software for iPad available free from Apple App Store
  • QMix-AI aux-control software for iPhone and iPod touch available free from Apple App Store
  • Direct recording interface compatible with Logic, Nuendo, Cubase, Sonar, Digital Performer, Ableton Live, and more
  • 60 channel strips
  • Trim control with -20 to +20 dBV line/-15 to +65 dBu mic gain range (80dB!)
  • +48V phantom power switch for condenser microphones
  • Digital Audio Input Select
  • 100 mm precision faders
  • Lighted Solo and Mute buttons
  • 6 mute groups with All On/All Off switches
  • Access to Fat Channel functions
  • 15-LED ladder metering + clip LED
  • Analog ¼" insert (rear panel)
  • 4 subgroup buses, each with:
  • Solo
  • Mute
  • Access to Fat Channel functions (except high-pass filter and phase reverse)
  • 14 aux sends, each with
  • Solo
  • Mute
  • Pre/post-fader send
  • Output-level control
  • Access to Fat Channel functions (except phase reverse)
  • Mix and Mix/Pan Fat Channel value displays
  • Available sources: 32 input channels, Aux In A and B, Tape Input, Main digital-audio return, FXA, FXB, FXC, FXD, Talkback
  • 4 internal effects sends (two reverbs, two delay effects), each with:
  • Mute
  • Pre/post-fader send
  • Output-level control
  • Access to Fat Channel (except phase reverse)
  • Effects-send Select for Fat Channel metering
  • Mix button for aux-bus mixing and Fat Channel value displays
  • Master Section
  • Aux Input A and B
  • Level Control and Select (Fat Channel metering) switch
  • Access to all Fat Channel functions (except phase reverse)
  • Talkback System
  • Mic Level control
  • Output Select (Aux 1-2, 3-8, 9-14, Main)
  • Talk button
  • Rear-panel XLR mic input with trim control and continuous 48V phantom power
  • 2 Track In
  • Level control
  • Tape Input to Mains button
  • Main Digital Audio Return on/off
  • Solo Bus
  • Cue Mix volume control
  • PFL/AFL and Solo In Place (SIP) buttons
  • Latch, Radio, and CR Modes
  • Monitor Bus
  • Headphone-output level control
  • Control-room monitor-level control
  • Solo Bus to Monitor button
  • Tape Input to Monitor button
  • Main Digital Audio Return to Monitor button
  • Main Mix to Monitor button
  • Fat Channel with rotary encoders:
  • Pan with dedicated 15-LED display
  • Stereo link for input channels, aux buses, and subgroups
  • Phase reverse (main channels only)
  • High-pass filter: -6 dB/oct., sweepable from Off to 1 kHz (main channels and aux's only)
  • Gate: Threshold: 0 to -84 dB; Attack: 0.02 to 500 ms; Release: 0.05 to 2 sec; Bandpass Key Filter: 40 Hz to 16 kHz; second-order resonant bandpass filter Q (0.7) with Key Listen function
  • Compressor: Threshold -56 to 0 dB; Ratio 1:1 to 14:1, LIM=∞:1; Attack 0.2 to 150 ms; Release 2.5 to 900 ms; Makeup Gain 0 to 28 dB; Soft Knee switch; Auto Mode with 10 ms Attack and 150 ms Release
  • 4-band fully parametric equalizer
  • Low EQ: sweepable from 36 Hz to 465 Hz, ±15 dB, switchable shelf or peaking
  • Low Mid EQ: sweepable from 90 Hz to 1.2 kHz, ±15 dB, variable Q 0.1 to 4.0
  • High Mid EQ: sweepable from 380 Hz to 5 kHz, ±15 dB, variable Q 0.1 to 4.0
  • High EQ: sweepable from 1.4 kHz to 18 kHz, ±15 dB, switchable shelf or peaking
  • Master EQ On/Off button
  • Limiter: variable Threshold -28 dBfs to 0, ∞:1 Ratio
  • Alt EQ & Dyn button for quick A/B comparisons of two complete sets of Fat Channel settings for each channel and busOutput Assign: 4 subgroups and main
  • All settings can be copied among channels and buses and can be saved as user presets.
  • 50 channel-strip presets for drums, bass, guitars, keyboards, and vocals
  • 4 internal digital effects-processors (2 reverbs, 2 delays), each with 50 customizable presets
  • 16 31-band graphic equalizers
  • Assignable to each aux bus and the Main bus
  • Scene Store and Recall
  • Global Scene Storage: all current StudioLive settings
  • Up to 80 at a time
  • 6 Quick Scene buttons for instant Scene save/recall—like "speed dial" for Scenes
  • Automatic Global AutoStore
  • Customizable naming (for example, "Saturday Gig" or "Main Worship Service")
  • Individual channel-strip setting storage
  • Up to 48 at a time, plus…
  • 50 factory presets for instruments and vocal
  • Copy and Paste between channels
  • Can be browsed by category (DRM, VOX, HRN, GTR, BAS, MISC, SYS)
  • Lockout mode to keep inspired amateurs from changing your settings
  • Metering/Displays
  • 24 x 16- LED Fat Channel matrix:
  • Pre-dynamics/pre-fader input
  • Post-dynamics/post-fader output
  • Gain reduction
  • Aux 1-14 and EFX A-D output
  • Fader-position recall
  • 8 x 15-LED main meter bank
  • Selected channel level
  • Selected channel gain reduction
  • Sub buses 1 to 4
  • Main stereo outputs
  • 15-LED horizontal Pan/Balance display
  • 64 x 194 LCD matrix
  • Effects parameters
  • Scene creation, storage, and recall
  • System menus
  • Channel Info page with custom naming
  • GEQ Select
  • 2-digit Channel Selected display
  • Input/Output
  • 32 main inputs, each with XLR mic, ¼" line, and ¼" inserts
  • 2 ¼" balanced stereo (L/R) aux inputs
  • 1 XLR talkback-mic input with XMAX preamp, phantom power (always on), and level control
  • Unbalanced RCA stereo (L/R) tape inputs and outputs
  • XLR stereo (L/R) main outputs with level control
  • ¼" balanced stereo (L/R) main outputs
  • XLR mono output with level control
  • ¼" balanced stereo (L/R) control-room outputs
  • ¼" headphone output
  • 4 ¼" balanced subgroup outputs
  • 14 ¼" balanced aux outputs
  • 32 pre-insert, balanced direct outputs, Ch. 1-8, 9-16, 17-24, 25-32 (DB25 sockets)
  • Dedicated USB 2.0 port and included Wi-Fi LAN adapter for wireless communications
  • Installed Option Card with:
  • S/PDIF digital out
  • 2 FireWire S800 ports
  • Optional I/O cards
  • Thunderbolt-FireWire S800-S/PDIF Out
  • Ethernet/Dante-FireWire S800-S/PDIF Out
  • Digitalia
  • High-definition analog-to-digital converters (118 dB dynamic range)
  • Unlimited-headroom, 32-bit floating point, digital mixing and effects processing
  • Internal sample frequency 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz
  • Physical
  • Rugged, non-flex steel chassis
  • 100 mm long-throw faders
  • Military-grade, quick-touch buttons
  • BNC 12V lamp socket
  • Optional dust covers available
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One year parts and labor warranty.


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5.0

Serious tools for the Audio Engineer

By Loren Griffin

from Metro Detroit, Michgian

Rick,(Presonus) I sent you a picture of the new Studiolive 32.4.2 we installed at the church I attend, The Rock Community, in Fair Haven, Michigan. We replaced a Yamaha LS9 with the SL 32.4.2, I thought the biggest difference would be more of a functional difference as there are features in the SL 32 that we would need to spend at last another $1000 to get and it still feature wise wouldn't quite match the SL 32.4.2. Again I though it would be ore of a lateral move, however WOW, not only was I surprised at the quality of the sound overall improvement to me (trained audio engineer) and to the musicians who also could hear a qualitative difference through the MyMix in ear monitors system (another great, audio tool and a fantastic partnering) but there also were a number of the people in the congregation that came to me after service, and made unsolicited comments of praise as to the quality of the sound. I will be doing some training for our church (I am the staff Audio Tech) as well as opening it up to other churches that either have the SL console or considering the SL 32.4.2 console for the audio system. I also do installs and consulting for the churches in the Great Lakes Region and whether it is a new plant/launch or an established church that wants to make the move to digital from analog I highly recommend The Presonus Studiolive 32.4.2 or one of the new AI Studiolive consoles, I have worked on consoles costing ten times the price of the SL both live and in the studio and I am sure there will be many that would want to debate the issue but if the would let there ears and ease of use guide you instead of name prestige and hype you would find it hard to beat the Presonus SL consoles in any price bracket. Thank you Rick and tank you Presonus. All The Best Loren ? NuVox Production, Inc

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