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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 œMe channels and control their levels simultaneously. Requires a Mac or PC running PreSonus Virtual StudioLive. Available free from the Apple App Store.

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
4-band semi parametric EQ

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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StudioLive * The Perfect Digital Mixer With An Analog Feel


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StudioLive * Digital Mixer with An Analog Feel - The perfect console for those making the transition from analog to digital, as well as those already established in the digital world. PreSonus has succeeded in creating an affordable digital mixer that is EZ to use, has an analog feel and rivals the sound of mixers costing much more. The Fat Channel puts everything right in front of you.....No more squinting trying to read a tiny screen. No more trying to find the right processor page. Push the channel select button and set it up in the Fat channel. Use the copy function to duplicate settings into another channel. Everything about this mixer is User Friendly and EZ to use. The StudioLive is as versatile live as it is in the studio. 16 great sounding XMAX preamps, 22 compressors, 22 limiters, 22 gates, 22 high pass filters, digital effects the list goes on and on. But wait, it doesn't stop there...How about a/d converters with 118dB dynamic range!!! Equally as simple to use is Capture, the recording software that is included with the StudioLive. Press 2 buttons and you're recording. When the gig is over send all the tracks back into the StudioLive for final mixdown. Or if you prefer Logic, Cubase or some other DAW....go for it. If 16 channels are not enough for you or you're thinking about needing more channels in the future, the StudioLive will grow with your needs. Link 2 StudioLive mixers together for 32 channels. The StudioLive layout with its lighted buttons make this mixer perfect for the band that is doing their own mix from the stage. Fixes are easily made between songs. PreSonus support is second to none in my opinion. Any questions I've had in the past were quickly answered with one telephone call. Overall, The StudioLive is the best value to cost purchase I've ever made. Buy one today. You won't regret it.

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