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A powerful, flexible environment for both live performance and studio music production.

StudioLive is one of the most powerful and flexible 16-channel digital mixers the world has ever seen. Equipped with 16 high-headroom XMAX microphone preamplifiers, the initial signal has incredible color, depth and presence, but that's just the beginning. It features a built-in 32x18 FireWire recording and playback engine, so whether you have it permanently installed in your studio or are using it in a live environment, you can capture your performances with discrete track identity.

All of that is before the StudioLive even begins to color and process the original signal. StudioLive's Fat-Channel processing has made a major splash in the pro audio industry, garnering universal acclaim for its ease of use, exacting audio integrity and ultimate musicality. With 4-band EQs, compressors, limiters and gates, DSP effects, 6 aux buses, 4 sub-groups, extensive LED metering, mixer save and recall, channel-strip save/recall/copy/paste, talkback, and more, the StudioLive breaks new boundaries for music performance and production.

Loaded with Racks of Effects
StudioLive is loaded with everything needed for professional live sound production totaling 28 compressors, 28 limiters, 28 gates, 28 high-pass filters, 2 stereo reverb/delays, 2 master stereo limiters and more, saving you loads of money and trips from the trailer during load in/out. All StudioLive digital effects are created and processed with 32-bit floating point precision for maximum sonic performance and enhanced musicality.

Best In Both Worlds
StudioLive seamlessly integrates a professional digital mixer with a complete multi-channel recording system delivering the most creative environment available for both live performance and studio music production. Take your recording studio to the gig, and have your soundman record and even enhance your shows with the power of StudioLive.

StudioLive 16.4.2 gives you ultimate creative control in the studio. Record with or without Fat Channel or DSP effects processing. Create mixes, loops, sound effects and more, then bring them out to your show and mix them with the live performance. Process channels using your favorite plug-ins, and completely automate your entire show using your favorite music recording and production software. StudioLive completely revolutionizes music production, opening endless creative possibilities.

Powerful and Easy Digital Mixing
The StudioLive mixer features the innovative and intuitive QuickTouch design allowing fast access to every parameter, mix, effect, and aux, allowing quick and creative control during music production. Load and save functions are also included to create snapshots of channel settings, save effect settings, totally recalling a mix, and more. All digital mixing and effects processing is done with 32-bit floating point precision for unmatched musicality.

Fat Channel

(EQ, Compressor, Limiter, Gate, on every channel)
The heart of StudioLive is the Fat Channel feature, engaged by pressing any "select" button, and features extensive equalization and dynamics available to every input channel, every aux output, every subgroup output, and main output. High pass filter, and four-band semi-parametric equalization algorithms are based on PreSonus' custom-designed digital EyeQ equalizer, delivering extremely musical results. Also included in the Fat Channel are compressors, limiters and gates modeled after PreSonus' award-winning ACP88 for complete dynamics control.

DSP Effects

Two programmable 32-bit stereo DSP effects engines are loaded in StudioLive with a wide range of reverbs, delays, and time-based effects with easy to use parameter adjustment, tap tempo, store, recall, and scene selection for ultimate creative flexibility.

Load and Save Your Settings

The PreSonus StudioLive allows you to save all of your digital settings for quick setup and recall. Save "scenes" (all settings) including fader levels with LED position matching, channel strips (Fat Channel), and individual DSP effects for ultimate ease, quickness and control.

Professional Sound Quality

StudioLive spares no expense when it comes to sound quality. All digital mixing is done with ultra high headroom 32-bit floating point processing for optimal sonic performance. Analog input and output is converted to digital audio with the highest-quality digital converters available delivering a dynamic range of +118dB for spectacular sonic results and unmatched musicality.

Built-in 32x18 FireWire Recording

StudioLive includes PreSonus' award-winning FireWire technology with JetPLL synchronization delivering 22 channels of recording and 18 channels of simultaneous playback. Each FireWire recording channel can be set to record either pre or post Fat-Channel signal processing giving total flexibility and power. StudioLive can also return 18 FireWire playback channels from your recording and production software for remixing and live performance with pre-recorded tracks, as well as studio mixing using the mixer's internal signal processing and summing algorithms. The StudioLive Mixer is compatible with Mac and Windows audio recording and music production software including Logic, Nuendo, Cubase, Sonar, Digital Performer, Audition and more.

Integrated Multi-Track Recording Software—CAPTURE
StudioLive 16.4.2 also ships complete with CAPTURE multi-track recording software so you can effortlessly record your shows right out of the box. CAPTURE software was designed to interface with StudioLive 16.4.2 perfectly to allow instant setup and recording of performances. With the look and feel of industry standard digital multi-track hard disk recorders, CAPTURE software is instantly familiar to every musician and engineer. StudioLive HDR software gives you full editing capability as well as export to WAV file formats for compatibility with ProTools, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic, Sonar and all other recording and music production software. Or you can play back your recorded tracks into StudioLive 16.4.2 via FireWire and mix your tracks with the mixing power and capabilities of the PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2, then record the final mix back to CAPTURE.

XMAX Class A Preamplifiers

StudioLive includes sixteen custom-designed high-voltage, discrete, XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers for all types of microphones. The job of a microphone preamplifier is to boost microphone level signals to line level so that the signal can be converted from analog to digital. This mic-to-line boost is generally a preamplification of over 400 times the voltage of the original mic level signal. This preamplification stage is one of the most important stages that the signal will go through before being converted to digital, and is why a high performance preamplifier is important to achieving great results.

All XMAX preamplifiers are built with the same three elements:
• High Voltage—The XMAX preamplifier runs on power rails of 30V. Most off the shelf op amp-based designs run on power rails of 10V to 18V. Higher voltage power rails deliver more headroom, deeper lows, smoother highs and an overall fuller sound. .

• Discrete—No op amps. Only transistors, resistors and capacitors. Op amps add noise, coloration and harshness to a signal. Discrete designs deliver ultra low noise and transparency.

• Class A—When a circuit is running in Class A mode the circuit is always in an "on" state operating at its optimal voltage requirements. Class A mode has zero crossover distortion and delivers purer, clearer and more musical sonics than class A/B designs which are found in most op-amp circuits.

The net result of the XMAX preamp design is high headroom, low noise, wide dynamic range and wide frequency range, and most importantly, musicality and transparency—smooth highs, solid deep lows, and everything in between.

VSL Control Software
The optional PreSonus Virtual StudioLive software for Mac and Windows, which is offered as a free download, provides bidirectional control of the StudioLive 16.4.2 digital mixer. Now you can see and control the most-used mixer parameters onscreen, including channel, subgroup, aux send, and main levels, as well as Fat Channel, effects, and graphic EQ settings.

Control the mixer with a mouse or watch VSL update when you adjust the hardware. Drag Fat Channel presets onto all 16 channels in seconds. Mute or solo every channel with a sweep of the mouse. Apply a new Scene to the whole mixer just by dragging it on VSL from a list you see at all times, or collect and trade Scenes with other StudioLive users.

Wirelessly control auxiliary mixes with QMix
With QMix, you can enjoy wireless remote control of any PreSonus StudioLive mixer's aux sends from up to ten Apple iPhones or iPod touches! Let performers create their monitor mixes from individual iPhones. With the Wheel of Me, you can select multiple “Me” channels and control their levels simultaneously. Requires a Mac or PC running PreSonus Virtual StudioLive. Available free from the Apple App Store.

PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 Digital Mixer Features:

  • 16 inputs, 6 auxiliary mixes, 4 subgroups
    16 class A XMAX microphone preamplifiers
    Hi-Definition analog to digital converters (118dB dynamic range)
    Unlimited headroom 32-bit floating point digital mixing and effects processing
    Internal sample frequency 44.1kHz and 48kHz
    22x18 FireWire digital recording interface
    Compact 19" rack-mountable rugged steel chassis

    Fat Channel Select:
    High Pass Filter
    Compressor
    Limiter
    Gate
    4-band semi parametric EQ
    Pan
    Load/Save/Copy/Paste

    2 Master DSP Effects (reverbs, delays, time-based effect, with load/save)
    Load/Save Mixer "Scenes" — all settings including fader levels with LED position matching
    100mm long throw faders
    Military grade quick touch push buttons
    Fast-acting LED meters
    Talkback communication system
    CAPTURE integrated live recording software included
    Mac and Windows compatible
    Direct recording interface compatible with Logic, Nuendo, Cubase, Sonar, Digital Performer and more

    Optional VSL Control Software
    Easy drag-and-drop workflow
    Drag presets directly to channels
    Drag parts of presets directly to components in the Fat Channel
    Adjust the Fat Channel gate, compressor, and EQ plus the graphic EQ and effects
    Quickly drop entire Scenes to the mixer to instantly load all channel, effects, and graphic EQ settings
    Load effects quickly by simply dragging presets into the GUI
    Use the mouse to quickly assign channels to multiple buses, mute, solo, etc.
    Store and organize presets on your computer, then transfer them to your mixer for that night's gig
    Create presets on the road, store them to the mixer, then drag them to your preset pool the next time you're connected to the computer
    Reorder presets in mixer memory and in the software to best fit your workflow for each gig
    Share presets with friends; drag presets out of the browser and email, IM, or disk-swap presets with other StudioLive owners
    See all of the most-used parameters on the mixer at once
    See the state of all Fat Channel settings at once
    See all aux mixes at once
    See the current effects and other parameter settings
    View and graphically edit all parametric EQ and compression curves
    View and graphically edit all graphic equalizer settings
    Do time-stamped backups of the entire mixer
    Remote control the mixer from an iPhone, iPad, laptop, or other device using third-party VNC software




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  • Perfect for a band that gigs

    As reviewed by Josh on 6/8/2009

    I bought the StudioLive for several reasons. I play in a gigging band and we wanted the ability to hit one button and recall our settings from different clubs. The StudioLive delivered this AND also has given us the ability to record any rehearsal or gig with literally 2 button clicks. I was skeptical when I read about how easy it is to record, but it really is that easy. The last thing that has been great is having a compressor, gate and sweepable eq for every channel. We are even using the fatchannel to eq our monitors. So far we are loving this board and I am glad that I bought it.

    36 of 36 people found this review helpful.
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  • Blown away..

    As reviewed by Jeff Welch on 6/21/2010

    This thing is incredible. I had done the research and read about all the features, but until you actually have one and get to use it, that means pretty much nothing. Doing a lot of work on Pro Tools and other DAWs, I was right at home with the Fat Channel and its many features. The ability to use VSL and have a full graphical interface for all the features on my Mac is great. The board is just easy to use and just makes sense. Tinkering with the Capture demo song, saving my scene, and zeroing everything out to hear the difference was huge. Mixing is quick and easy. I would highly recommend this to anyone on a budget who wants the functionality of a full digital mixer.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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  • Hands Down Best Live/Recording Mixer!

    As reviewed by Jason on 11/30/2010

    I have had this mixer for over a month. Have done 12 live shows with this and the features that make the live show stand out are limitless! - Six aux sends means plenty of monitor capacity. Wedges, personal in ear monitors, personal monitors no problem. Each aux send can be mixed on all 16 channels individually. Makes the aux sends diverse and extremely practical to bands - Solo on this board makes you hear everything! Someone saying their monitor is too tinny? Hit solo on their aux and solo on your headphones. You hear what they hear. Need to hear pre or post fade level? No problem! You can solo individual channels without affecting the main sub and aux mixes. Makes it extremely helpful to get good sound results. I can run a show completely from the side instead of running a snake and doing FOH - 16 channel firewire recording makes live show recording as rich as possible! Capture records on the fly, and Studio One Artist that's included can make most live recordings go from blah to master like quality recordings - Remote mixing live shows. This is the only board that has been this easy to do! Just hook up a laptop and remote control your board using VSL. Also set up a remote computer service such as VNC and you can control the mixer from anywhere in the venue with another laptop, an iPad, even your iPhone or Android phone

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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