PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 Digital Mixer  

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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.

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

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PreSonusStudioLive 16.4.2 Digital Mixer
 
3.3

(based on 4 reviews)

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2.0

It sounds great but.....

By Tony

from La,CA

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Awesome Features
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Breaks Easily
  • Poor Internal Components

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 Digital Mixer:

I bought this mixer about three years ago the first time I used it the band automatically sounded good. It gave me tools that were only available in software and mixers that costed four times more. It saved my back from carrying racks full of comps, gates, and graphic EQs. I got more clients because how good it sounds and I don't even have top brand name mains PA. The only problem is it has a short life span, once the mixer start getting hiccups you start losing confidence in the mixer. Luckily it froze on me in a rehearsal I immediately got a backup mixer.I'm not going back to presonus till they start using high quality components and the best practices in manufacturing.

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1.0

Don't do it.

By Frederick Geil

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About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Compact
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Breaks Easily
  • Difficult To Use
  • Limited Effects
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 Digital Mixer:

Do NOT use this board for any professional endeavor, whether live or recording.
The feature set is fantastic, it eliminates the need for some outboard equipment, while retaining the ability to add same. Once you get used to thinking laterally rather than vertically, it is quite easy to use.
Gee, the above sounds pretty good, doesn't it? So, why not use it professionally? It will crash and freeze up, leaving you without sound, without warning. If you NEVER hook it up to a computer, and you got one with good soldering, then you may never have a problem with it. However, you will lose much of the functionality. If you do hook it up to a computer, eventually you will be left out in the cold. I've had three of these boards in the last two months, and all three did the same. One of them (the most recent) only made it through two gigs before freezing - and this was after PreSonus assured me that they had fixed the issue, and no other boards would freeze up like this. If you don't need the board to be reliable, then the feature set for the money, sound quality, and usability are fantastic. If you need to be able to plug it in and go without issues, then look elsewhere.

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5.0

Great Mixer and Recording Device

By Matthew Smith

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Comments about PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 Digital Mixer:

I purchaced this a few months ago for my band, because we needed a new LIVE Mixer, and we also needed something to record our Originals and Rehearsals. I was absolutely blown away with the features this mixer has, not to mention, how easy it was to learn how to operate. At first glance it can be a little scary, but three or four YouTUBE videos later, I felt like I could navigate around this mixer with no problem what so ever.
I could go on and on talking about the features and quality of this mixer, but the bottom line is this... For the money, you are not going to find anything in the same ballpark!! If you have the money, buy it... You won't regret it!

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5.0

Best product on the market

By txheat

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Comments about PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 Digital Mixer:

Presonus really hit the nail on the head with this unit. I bought it about a month ago and don't know how I ever did without it. I love it. It has everything but the kitchen sink. Sell your rack full of gear and buy one. All the bells and whistles are built in. And it records awesome. The pre-amps rock. Easy to use and most of all sounds amazing. The best investment I ever made. Thumbs up Presonus!

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