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Presonus StudioLive RM16 AI Rack Mount Mixer

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(Note: The touchscreen device depicted in the image above is not included) The StudioLive design has been bringing superb sound quality, impressive capability and ease-of-use to musicians for five years now. The RM series offers the latest software versions and physical design improvements in a convenient rackmountable package. This is the StudioLi...  Click To Read More About This Product

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(Note: The touchscreen device depicted in the image above is not included) The StudioLive design has been bringing superb sound quality, impressive capability and ease-of-use to musicians for five years now. The RM series offers the latest software versions and physical design improvements in a convenient rackmountable package. This is the StudioLive RM16, a 16-channel version of the popular design that might be the perfect mixer for your live and studio applications.

‹Like all StudioLive Active Integration mixers, the RM series delivers excellent sound quality, XMAX Class A solid-state preamps, amazing DSP performance, direct Wi-Fi and wired LAN communication, fast and intuitive workflow, an onboard FireWire S800 interface, and a tightly integrated software suite for Mac, Windows, and iOS that creates a streamlined working environment for both live and studio use. The RM16AI has 16 mic inputs and 8 Mix outputs and mounts in three rack spaces.

Effects integration
The StudioLive RM16 features two 32-bit stereo effects engines on dedicated buses, loaded with rich and detailed reverbs. Two more are equipped with practical, usable delay effects. You can even use all four without compromising other resources. Presonus prefers to arm the StudioLive-series mixers with an essential library of serious, down-to-earth reverbs and delays rather than impressive but hardly practical flashy effects presets. Each effects setting is useful, practical, and very rich, thanks to 32-bit floating-point processing and exquisite algorithms. All 50 preset effects have easy-to-use parameter adjustments, tap tempo, store, and recall for ultimate creative flexibility.

Dedicated I/O
View the front of a StudioLive RM-series rack-mount mixer, and you'll see a straightforward jackfield with XLR channel inputs, XLR mix outputs, and other important connections. With a StudioLive RM-series mixer, every channel has an individual analog XLR mic input on the front panel. Every aux mix has a dedicated XLR Mix Output on the front panel, mirrored in DB25 connectors (Mix Outputs 1-8 and, with the RM32AI, 9-16) on the rear. You never have to guess which input feeds which channel or which aux mix goes to an output because they're always the same. Aux Mix 1 goes to Mix Output 1, Aux 2 to Mix Out 2, and so on. It's all part of a design that enables you to work quickly and without confusion.

Software enhancement
Along with the quality hardware and XMAX preamps, you get an impressive array of software suites that integrate your StudioLive with your music:

Capture is the first digital audio multitrack-recording application designed to make live recording quick and easy. With the look and feel of industry-standard digital multitrack hard-disk recorders, it is instantly familiar to every musician and engineer. Designed exclusively for StudioLive-series mixers, Capture allows instant setup and recording directly from the mixer with no configuration. It's also the only application in its class to offer virtual soundcheck, allowing you to use a previous show or rehearsal recording to perform a nearly complete soundcheck at any venue, even before the band arrives!

Studio One
Studio One is a completely modern professional environment for music recording, mixing, mastering, sharing, and collaboration. It's Internet-savvy and provides a complete solution, from riff to release, combining the features you really need with the ease of use you always dreamed of. Based on an elegant user interface and a content browser with powerful drag-and-drop functionality, feature-rich Studio One will let you work quickly and stay focused on your inspiration. And with Studio One Professional, you can even master your projects and burn CDs and DVDs-a combination of features available in no other audio recording and production software.

If you have a StudioLive RM-series mixer, your new onstage personal monitoring system is probably already in your pocket. With free PreSonus QMix-AI software, up to 14 musicians can simultaneously control their StudioLive RM-series mixer's monitor (aux) mixes using an iPhone or iPod touch. Each musician can control one of 16 aux mixes. And QMix-AI is incredibly easy to set up and use.

Nimbit is a powerful all-in-one sales, marketing, and promotion service that allows you to share audio content as well as organize, market to, and manage a fan base. Uses can also create a profile, an online store, and promote upcoming events. A Nimbit Free account is included with your StudioLive RM; it includes many of the service's best features and is comparable to many other paid services. If you want more features, you can add a la carte features or upgrade to a Nimbit Premium account and take advantage of everything Nimbit can do.


  • Analog/digital: Digital
Analog inputs
  • Total: 16
  • Mic preamps: 16
  • XLR/TRS combo jacks: Not applicable
  • XLR only jacks: 16
  • 1/4" only jacks: Not applicable
  • RCA (stereo pair): 1
  • Phantom power: Yes
Analog outputs
  • Main XLR out: 3
  • Main 1/4" out: None
  • Aux XLR: 8
  • Aux 1/4": None
  • RCA (stereo pair): None
  • Headphone: 1
Onboard effects
  • Compression: Yes
  • Reverb: Yes
  • Delay: Yes
  • Chorus/flange: Yes
  • Bands per channel: 4
  • Treble: Yes
  • High midrange: Yes
  • Sweep high midrange: Yes
  • Midrange: No
  • Sweep midrange: No
  • Low midrange: Yes
  • Sweep Low midrange: Yes
  • Low: Yes
  • Q: Yes
  • Master graphic: 31-band
  • Inserts (channel): All
  • Inserts (master): Yes
  • Buses: 25
  • USB: Yes
  • FireWire: Yes
  • WiFi: Yes
  • ADAT: No
  • Thunderbolt: No
  • S/PDIF Yes
  • MIDI: Yes
  • Width x height x depth: 19 x 5.25 x 10.5"
  • Weight: 19 lbs.
  • Automation: Yes
  • Fader type: 60mm
  • Motorized faders: No
  • Bundled software: Yes
Apple iPad
  • iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, iPad (3rd generation), or iPad 2, ??iOS 7.03 or later
  • Mac OS X 10.8 64-bit or later
  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor (Intel Core i3 or faster recommended)
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
  • Windows 7 x64/x86 SP1, Windows 8 x64/x86
  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor (Intel Core i3 or faster recommended)
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
Mac and Windows Systems
  • Wired or wireless network connection
  • Internet connection
  • For Capture and Studio One:
  • FireWire S800 (IEEE 1394b) port
  • Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
  • Monitor with 1280x800 resolution
  • 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.
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Manufacturer's Warranty
One year parts and labor warranty.

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Amazing mixer with outstanding sound!

By Alan Heeren

from Huron, SD

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  • Accurate Controls
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile


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    Comments about Presonus StudioLive RM16 AI Rack Mount Mixer:

    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 UC as well as the CS18AI. 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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