Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 16-Channel Performance and Recording Digital Mixer
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- The revolutionary digital mixer that feels like an analog mixer - very intutitive physical user control - very few menus
- Use it in-studio or onstage, 16 high-voltage Class-A XMAX mic pres deliver outstanding detail, clarity and headroom
- FireWire I/O enables direct multitrack recording to most popular DAWs including proprietary Capture recording software (included)
- Cutting edge DAC technology delivers unprecedented 118 dB dynamic range
- Includes rack-mount kit - take StudioLive out on the road - then bring it back home to work in the studio
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From the Manufacturer
StudioLive is the most powerful and flexible sixteen-channel digital mixer the world has seen. Loaded with sixteen high headroom XMAX microphone preamplifiers, built-in 28x18 FireWire recording and playback engine, “Fat-Channel” processing with 4-band EQ’s, compressors, limiters and gates, DSP effects, six aux buses, four sub-groups, extensive LED metering, mixer save and recall, channel-strip save/recall/copy/paste, talkback and more, breaking new boundaries for music performance and production.
Loaded with Racks of EffectsStudioLive is loaded with everything needed for professional live sound production totaling 28 compressors, 28 limiters, 28 gates, 28 high pass filters, 2 stereo reverb/delay’s, 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 WORLDSStudioLive 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.
Get creative 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 MixingStudioLive features an 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” 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 EffectsTwo 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 SettingsStudioLive 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 QualityStudioLive 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 dynamic range of +118dB for spectacular sonic results and unmatched musicality.
Built-in 22x18 FireWire RecordingStudioLive 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. StudioLive is compatible with Mac and Windows audio recording and production software including Logic, Nuendo, Cubase, Sonar, Digital Performer, Audition and more.
Integrated Multi-Track Recording Software- CAPTUREStudioLive 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 StudioLive 16.4.2, then record the final mix back to CAPTURE! Now that’s power!
XMAX Class A PreamplifiersStudioLive 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 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.
Top Customer Reviews
The sound quality on this is amazing. I've been working with Mackie mixers and the low-end A&H one, and the sound is cleaner (absolutely no audible noise even at very high gain). Some people might be worried that the digital EQ would be harsh, but believe me, this sounds just as "analog" as the analog boards I use, and it's actually more precise and more flexible. The quality of the compressor is also great. I've previously only used kind of low-end compressors, and this blows them out of the water. The tone is not colored at all, and I don't hear any weird digital artifacts. I've also pushed the compressor up to limiting, and it's a very smooth sound, not harsh and fuzzy like most digital limiters I've used.
Ease of Use
I love the simplicity and power of the FAT channel. It's great to be able to set up one channel, copy it to all the others, and tweak from there. Routing is also a piece of cake, and the FX interface is intuitive. Overall I think this is very well designed for use in live situations where adjustments have to be immediate.
This is the only board anywhere near this price range that does everything I want - great, clean preamps and mixing; flexible, powerful, sweet-sounding EQ; excellent dynamics processing on every channel (and even the buses!Read more ›
Up front though, you need to know that if you want to record audio via FireWire on your laptop, you will very likely need to get one of the recommended FireWire Expresscards that have a TI Chipset even if your computer has built-in FireWire (I ended up getting the Startech EC13942). As soon as I started using that, my audio interface issues went away, and I was able to record multiple tracks like a champ.
In addition to the Firewire interface (from which you can both send audio to be recorded or recieve audio from the computer (or do both at the same time to include using the computer for additional processing of a channel if you can keep latency low enough to be tolerable), the 16.4.2 also sends all of the analog direct outs via 2 DB-25 Jacks that you could then record on a digital Hard Disk Recorder (like the Alesis HD-24) as a backup.
For live sound, this thing is AMAZING! Not only does every input channel have a fat channel (for which I was very grateful to have gates, compressors and the High pass filter available as needed), but the fat channel is also available on all of the outputs. This was a lifesaver when I discovered I had a horrible low end resonance issue on the stage and I was able to notch that frequency out of all of the monitors using the Hi-Q feature on the low mid band. The EQ is very good and the Hi-Q feature is effective, but if you can save your pennies, you might want to spring for the 24.4.2 which has a four band fully parametric EQ. In addition, whereas the 16.4.Read more ›
1. High quality sounding mic preamps with very low noise so the crud doesn't build up as you use it more.
2. Fast and intuitive to learn. I was able to figure out a lot of the inner workings without having to crack the manual.
3. Flexibility. It really shines as a portable live mixer, but it also works really well as an audio interface/mixer in the studio too. The seamless firewire channel integration makes it a breeze to use with any DAW.
4. The FAT Channel gives you additional processing that can free up your computer resources to use more specialized plugins.
5. The effects can also free up resources too so you can build in lots of depth into your mixes.
6. You can use the mixer to creatively recombine elements and use re-amping techniques to get contrast in your sound.
7. If you are any good, your music won't sound like a demo, it will sound READY.
Now, with that said, it isn't perfect. Nothing is. A few things that I didn't like as much were...
It can pop your speakers occasionally and you must be absolutely sure that you turn on your speakers a few seconds after the StudioLive. I have a power switch that automatically turns my amps on last and off first, but it still gets popped sometimes.
The compressors are decent but I can sometimes hear them working a little more than I want. That's just a ME thing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrible Product. There is no way to download the free download software that comes with store purchase. Instead, they are clearly just thieves. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gabriel Vera
This mixer's sole strength is the Fat-channel with rotary encoders and level/parameter meters for each channel. Read morePublished 18 months ago by David G
I was about to invest in one but THANKFULLY, I was able to test drive it for a couple of weeks (Still have it). Read morePublished 23 months ago by Eddy Garcia
WOW. This is an amazing mixer. It has all the built in DSP you could possibly want. (relatively, not compared to a CL5, or something of the sort) I primarily use it for recording,... Read morePublished on August 26, 2014 by Ben Possehl
As other reviewers have reported, quality control leaves something to be desired. Worse, Presonus isn't able to handle repairs in a meaningful way. Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by D. Ankney
I had purchased an audiobox and studio one came free with it which was great. The volume control on my first audiobox had failed and it was past warranty and it would have cost a... Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by bruce liebowitz
For the price this digital board is perfect. Sounds great, I've used it for hundreds of bands live and in the studio. Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by Travis J. Pander
I'm a solo artist and I play over 100 live shows a year. I purchased my PreSonus 16.4.2 after having heard it in operation at several concerts and I was amazed by it's features,... Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by McKenna Andrews