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16-channel performance and recording digital console with Active Integration.
With its incredible signal-processing power on every channel, easy store and recall of every setting, and the ability to record it all with just two mouse clicks, a StudioLive mixer will spoil you fast! Easy to use, great sounding, and flawlessly integrated with state-of-the-art software, it delivers the most creative environment possible for both live performance and studio music production. The new AI series starts with all the strengths of previous StudioLive models, then pushes the technology to the next level. This is the StudioLive 16.4.2 AI. There is a 32-channel version and a 24-channel version as well.
StudioLive 16.4.2 AI is built with next-generation Active Integration technology that adds unprecedented power for mixing consoles anywhere near this price class. So while the 16.4.2 AI looks and feels much like its non-AI counterparts it has with far more computing power, which makes possible some very useful new features.
For starters, you get twice as many internal effects buses and 31-band graphic EQs. Presonus has added six mute groups and user-assignable Quick Scene buttons.
You’ll love the ability to create two complete sets of EQ and dynamics settings for a channel or bus and then make quick A/B comparisons at the touch of a button.
A built-in 48x34 FireWire S800 interface is standard equipment but Thunderbolt and Dante cards are expected by the end of 2013. A dedicated USB 2 port and included Wi-Fi LAN adapter lets you control the mixer wirelessly—even without a Mac® or Windows® PC.
Of course, you get the latest version of Presonus’ tightly integrated software bundle, including updated Capture™ 2.0 recording software, Studio One Artist® DAW, and Virtual StudioLive-AI editor/librarian/control software with Smaart Measurement Technology™. StudioLive Remote-AI for iPad® and QMix™-AI for iPhone®/iPod® touch will both be available free from the Apple App Store.
The deeper you dig into the StudioLive 16.4.2AI’s capabilities, the more you will realize that the future of digital mixing starts here and now.
The future is Active Integration
Products that sense each other, interact and work together via wireless and wired communication, feature 32-bit floating-point DSP and seamlessly integrated software, and run on CPUs far more powerful than competitors’ current audio products—PreSonus has realized this dream with its new Active Integration technology.
Thanks to Active Integration, the StudioLive 16.4.2 AI mixer has 64 times the processing power and an incredible 10,000 times more RAM than the StudioLive 16.4.2. This makes possible the aforementioned extended feature set.
A quick look at the StudioLive 16.4.2 AI reveals a now-familiar, user-friendly mixing surface. It sports 100 mm faders for the 16 channels, 4 subgroups, and main bus. As with all StudioLive mixers, convenient knobs and buttons abound, and all core mixing features are immediately accessible from the mixing surface, without using the LCD, providing an intuitive, analog-like user experience.
The unique Fat Channel section delivers a compressor, limiter, gate/expander, and four-band fully parametric EQ on every channel, bus, and subgroup, plus a high-pass filter and polarity invert for each channel—not to mention routing, panning, and Scene and setting store and recall.
Select buttons assign the channels, buses, and subgroups to the Fat Channel for processing and routing. There’s a Talkback section, Cue section, and extensive metering.
And of course you get aux buses—14 of them—and 32-bit floating-point stereo reverb and delay on dedicated buses—two of each.
View the rear, and you’ll see a familiar StudioLive jack-field, with XLR mic and ¼” inputs and TRS insert points on every channel, along with a wealth of other inputs and outputs. A pair of FireWire ports—FireWire S800, rather than the FireWire 400 ports found on the StudioLive 16.4.2, 16.4.2, and 16.0.2—provides wired networking to a Mac or PC, with options for Thunderbolt and Dante. Stereo S/PDIF digital outputs—check! Analog direct channel outputs on DB25 connectors—check! Obviously, flexible connectivity is no problem.
Yes, the 16.4.2 AI is a StudioLive. But it’s a major step beyond previous StudioLive mixers. Easier to use, better sounding, and flawlessly integrated with state-of-the-art software and extensive remote-control features, StudioLive 16.4.2 AI delivers the most creative environment possible for both live performance and studio music production.
But StudioLive is not simply a mixer, it's a rapidly growing family of state-of-the-art, integrated hardware-software mixing and recording systems that deliver the features you need for live sound, live recording, and studio recording.
The StudioLive 16.4.2 AI is a fine choice for those who want to mix medium-sized and large shows and worship services, and it's a great choice for club systems, corporate applications, and educational institutions. And it's the perfect hardware core for a sophisticated project studio.
Here, in one device, are high-headroom XMAX™ microphone preamplifiers, a built-in 48x34 FireWire S800 recording and playback interface, more than 300 signal processors, a big library of DSP effects, 14 aux buses, 4 subgroups, extensive LED metering, mixer save and recall, channel-strip save/recall/copy/paste, talkback, and more.
Build live mixes that glisten with clarity and detail—then record and enhance the performance with the power of StudioLive 16.4.2 AI. Get creative in the studio. Build mixes, loops, sound effects, and more, then bring them out to your show and mix them live. Process channels using your favorite plug-ins and completely automate your entire performance.
That’s just the start. Control the StudioLive 16.4.2 AI from your Mac, PC, or iPad®. Manage monitor mixes from an iPhone® or iPod touch®. Tune your system to the room and fix feedback problems with VSL-AI’s integrated Smaart Measurement Technology™.
StudioLive 16.4.2 AI revolutionizes music production, opening endless creative possibilities.
Control your sound your way!
With a PreSonus StudioLive-series digital mixer, you not only get high-end sound and tremendous processing, mixing, and recording power, you can control all of this sonic might from virtually anywhere. Want to touch your mix with the physical feedback of real faders and rotary knobs and an intuitive, analog-like user interface? The StudioLive delivers big time; sound people who have only mixed with analog boards quickly become comfortable working with a StudioLive.
Like all StudioLive-series mixers, the StudioLive 16.4.2 AI offers convenient, backlit Mute and Solo buttons for every channel, subgroup, and aux bus. But the 16.4.2 AI adds another feature that makes the mutes even more useful: six mute groups with All On and All Off buttons.
Virtual StudioLive-AI: The magic of computer control.
Despite its analog-like mixing surface, this is very much a digital console, and it offers features no analog mixer—and very few digital boards—can match. For example, the ability to control the StudioLive mixer from a laptop adds tremendous flexibility and convenience—and with the bundled Virtual StudioLive-AI bidirectional control/editor/librarian software, you get it all for free.
Written exclusively for StudioLive mixers, Virtual StudioLive (VSL) provides a complete visual representation of the mixer, allowing you to control the features with a mouse, trackpad, or trackball on a networked Mac® or Windows® PC. Add third-party VPN software, and you can even control StudioLive mixers over the Internet—ideal for contractors. To get a competing mixer with computer control even close to this complete, you'd have to pay several times as much.
Even better: wireless control!
You’re mixing a live show, and you need to check the sound underneath the balcony—or in the balcony, for that matter. Or you’re sound-checking and want to hear the stage monitors for yourself. If you can’t leave the mixing station, you have to rely on someone else’s ears. If you don’t have a reliable crew, you don’t have a chance.
The StudioLive 16.4.2 AI sports an Ethernet port that allows you to connect to a wireless router for wired Ethernet and wireless Wi-Fi networking. In addition, the mixer has a USB 2.0 port that hosts the included USB Wi-Fi LAN adapter, providing wireless networking without a router for situations where a less powerful, ad hoc Wi-Fi connection is sufficient.
In this way, the mixer can be controlled from a laptop using VSL and from an iPad® using StudioLive Remote-AI, which is available free from the Apple App Store. SL Remote-AI is easy to use, provides control of almost every feature of the StudioLive—including Scene changes and Smaart®. And it looks and feels like an iPad app should.
Yet even better: control of monitor mixes from iPhones and iPod touches!
We've given you a lot of sonic control with the StudioLive 16.4.2 AI, Virtual StudioLive-AI, and StudioLive Remote-AI. It's only fair that we help you give the band control of their sound, too. With PreSonus' free QMix™-AI, each band member can control their own StudioLive 16.4.2 AI aux (monitor) mix from an iPhone® or iPod® touch. QMix lets you adjust a single aux mix per iPhone. Select inputs and levels for your custom monitor mix, and then use the Wheel of Me to get, well… “more me”… quickly during performances.
You can even set permissions to ensure that the bass player, always the practical joker, can't mess with the hot-tempered lead singer's monitor mix. Otherwise, that bass player is going to get in trouble someday.
The level of control you get with PreSonus StudioLive-series mixers is beyond cool—it's absolutely ice! Now you can control your sound from anywhere you choose—no limits! Only with PreSonus StudioLive.
If StudioLive 16.4.2 AI were an analog console, it would have 4-foot-long channel strips packed with knobs and buttons or it would require a massive outboard rack of expensive signal processors! That's because each channel has its own studio-grade compressor, limiter, gate/expander, 4-band parametric equalizer, and high-pass filter. In all, we've packed 60 compressors, 60 limiters, 60 gate/expanders, 54 high-pass filters, and more, into one remarkable Fat Channel.
Because the StudioLive 16.4.2 AI has so much more processing power and blazing-fast RAM than previous StudioLive models, you can create two complete sets of EQ and dynamics-processor settings for every channel and bus and then make quick A/B comparisons at the touch of the Alt EQ & Dyn button. In this way, you can experiment with a new sound without having to struggle to re-create your previous settings, and you can edit a setting and then quickly verify that the new version is, in fact, better.
Not just effects. Effects you'd expect from a $600 stand-alone processor. Or two.
You get four programmable, 32-bit, stereo DSP effects engines—two of them loaded with reverbs and two armed with delay effects that you can really use. The reverbs are so rich and detailed that you feel like you're there. Delays are precise. Slap echo sounds like old-school tape effects.
All 50 preset effects have easy-to-use parameter adjustments, tap tempo, store, recall, and Scene selection for ultimate creative flexibility.
The reverbs are so rich and detailed that you feel like you’re there. Delays are precise. Slap echo sounds like old-skool tape effects. All 50 effects have easy-to-use parameter adjustment, tap tempo, and store and recall selection for the ultimate in creative flexibility.
The StudioLive 16.4.2 AI's 16 31-band graphic equalizers are pre-inserted on each aux mix and on the Main bus so you can fix feedback problems and adjust the frequency balance of your main mix.
Furthermore, with Smaart Measurement Technology™, you'll be able to really put StudioLive's 4-band, fully parametric EQs to work improving the sound of your P.A. Precisely identify nasty feedback frequencies. Get your loudspeakers to play nicer with the room they're in. Set the correct subgroup output-delay time for remote speakers. All without having a degree in acoustical engineering.
What was then is now: complete store and recall—instantly.
Two factors work against getting that Perfect Mix with an analog mixer. First, the Perfect Mix can be hard to reproduce a week, day, or hour after you perfect it. And second, a good mix should be dynamic: levels, effects, and EQ should be tailored to each song or segment of the show, service, or presentation. This adds up to a lot of settings to remember and reset at every performance.
That's where the power of digital comes in: StudioLive lets you save all of your digital settings for quick setup and recall. Save Scenes that include every setting on the mixer or save just the Fat Channel settings. Copy-and-paste settings across multiple channels. Save individual DSP effects for ultimate ease, speed, and control.
The StudioLive 16.4.2 AI makes saving and recalling Scenes faster and more convenient than ever thanks to the Fat Channel’s six user-assignable Quick Scene buttons. These buttons allow you to create a Scene without storing it to permanent memory and giving it a name. This is especially useful when mixing multiple bands that you might not ever mix again. You can also use this to have important stored Scenes at your fingertips.
This means that for fixed applications like clubs, churches, and auditoriums, you can always count on the same sound and can fine-tune Scenes for different songs and call them up instantly. And it lets rank amateur volunteers successfully operate the StudioLive 16.4.2 AI.
Recording made easy with Capture™
If you have a computer with FireWire S800 connection, you have a 34-track digital recorder instantly ready to capture your gig, church service, or presentation. That’s because StudioLive 16.4.2 AI features a tightly integrated FireWire 800 interface that delivers up to 48 channels of recording and up to 34 channels of simultaneous playback. Each analog channel on your StudioLive can be set to record either pre- or post-Fat Channel signal processing, delivering total flexibility and power.
Just two mouse clicks engages Capture™ recording software. When you install it on your laptop, it automatically “maps” to the outputs of the 16.4.2 AI to automatically record all 16 input channels plus the stereo main mix.
Learn more about Capture.
Studio One® Artist — A serious digital audio workstation.
Once you’re recorded studio tracks or a live multi-track performance, it’s time to finish it with effects and a good mix (not to mention editing out that huge burst of feedback during the third song).
Studio One is a groundbreaking music-creation and -production application for Mac OS X and Windows® that makes audio recording and MIDI sequencing ridiculously simple right out of the box.
Studio One changes the rules of the game with fresh code, innovative drag-and-drop features, advanced MIDI mapping, auto-configuration with your StudioLive 16.4.2 AI, insanely good audio quality, unlimited tracks and plug-ins per track, and a powerful, inventive Start page. Studio One Artist also comes with a Native Effects™ 32-bit effects library, complete with dynamics processors, reverbs, modulation effects, amp simulators, and more. And with Studio One's free Nimbit® extension, you can immediately start selling your music.
Inside, it's pure PreSonus.
Ease of use and powerful features only count if the sound quality is equally impressive. After all, it really comes down to how good those microphone preamps are, how clean the signal path is, and how well the algorithms perform.
That's why you should choose a digital mixer made by PreSonus, a company already famous for its analog mic preamps, pristine digital interfaces, and well-regarded signal processors.
XMAX™ Class A preamplifiers deliver more headroom, deeper lows, smoother highs, and a richer overall sound than the preamps found in competing mixers. Ultra-high-headroom, 32-bit floating-point processing is used for all digital mixing. All analog inputs and outputs use the highest quality digital converters available.
Synchronization to your computer is stable and robust, thanks to JetPLL™ synchronization technology, resulting in great stereo separation and clear, transparent audio.
A Smaart addition to your system.
Building a great mix is almost impossible unless you tune your system to account for the acoustic properties of the room—and every room is different. If the room overemphasizes the lows, sucks out the highs, or emphasizes frequencies that tend to cause feedback, you could have a long night ahead of you.
With other mixing systems, you use your eyes, ears, and EQs; wade in; and do the best you can. If you’re a top pro, you know how to read a difficult room and compensate, but the rest of us usually just muddle through—with uncertain results.
Fortunately, it’s a lot easier with StudioLive mixers because the included VSL control/editor/librarian software incorporates Rational Acoustics’ Smaart Measurement Technology™. Smaart is a collection of visual audio-measurement tools and techniques for sound-system analysis and optimization that makes tuning the system, squelching feedback, and setting delay times for remote speakers much easier and more precise—and you don’t need an engineering degree to use it.
Order now and realize unprecedented processing power on stage or in the studio.
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Comments about PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 AI:
Great mixer, I finally made the switch from my trusty Mackie 1604 to this digital board. I even waited until I loved it before I sold all of my analog Mackie (trusted) mixer boards.
I immediately noticed the sound quality. Wow! It's like I no longer need to go around isolating ground loop hums or something. I guess it's the connectors, and each channel is isolated or something. In any case, EVERYTHING sounds better.
If this is your first digital board, this is a great way to go. Reason being it's layered out like an analog board so the learning curve is short.
If you are a seasoned veteran at using digital boards, you may want to check out the Behringer X32 or the Presonus 24 or 32. I think that I should've saved up my money and got the Presonus 24 since I already ran out of inputs - grin.
Oh.. and this board integrates VERY well with the excellent Presonus Studio One Pro 2.6 DAW. It's very user friendly as well. Also, the Capture software is EXCELLENT!
I can tell that in a year, I'll probably get the Behringer X32 as well as the S16 snakes unless Presonus comes out with something that has motorized faders, digital input control to use these types of S16 snakes. However, for now, I'm one happy man with this being my first digital mixer.
It is truly AWESOME! AND INEXPENSIVE! Let your analog mixers go... just do it!