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PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2 AI 32-channel Digital Mixer with Active Integration   

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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. Easier to use, better 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 32-channel, 14-aux PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI starts with all the strengths of previous StudioLive models-and then pushes the technology to the next level.

StudioLive 32.4.2AI is built with next-generation Active Integration technology that adds unprecedented power for mixing consoles in this price class. So while the 32.4.2AI 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. We've 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 Ethernet (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 our 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 32.4.2AI's capabilities, the more you will realize that the future of digital mixing starts here and now.

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 powerful CPUs is the coming wave of live audio. PreSonus has realized this dream with its new Active Integration technology. Thanks to Active Integration, the StudioLive 32.4.2AI mixer has 64 times the processing power and an incredible 10,000 times more RAM than the StudioLive 24.4.2.

A quick look at the StudioLive 32.4.2AI reveals a now-familiar, user-friendly mixing surface. It sports 100 mm faders for the 32 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 jackfield, 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 24.4.2, 16.4.2, and 16.0.2-provides wired networking to a Mac or PC, with options for Thunderbolt and Ethernet (Dante). Stereo S/PDIF digital outputs-check! Analog direct channel outputs on DB25 connectors-check! Obviously, flexible connectivity is no problem.

The audio quality, as always with PreSonus, is first rate. Like all StudioLive models, StudioLive 32.4.2 offers PreSonus' widely lauded Class A XMAX mic preamps and top-notch converters with 118 dB of dynamic range. Reviewers have raved about the high quality of StudioLive mixers' dynamics processing, EQ, high-pass filters, and effects. The only difference with the StudioLive 32.4.2 is that PreSonus has given you even more of them.

The 32.4.2AI is a StudioLive, but it's a major step beyond previous StudioLive mixers.

Radical new mixer technology.

  • Active integration technology
  • Impeccable audio quality
  • Vast EQ and effects palette
  • Instant A/B compare
  • Great for live or studio

Order today and surf the new wave of mixing tech.


StudioLive 32.4.2 AI 32-channel Digital Mixer with Active Integration

  • Mac
    Mac OS X 10.7.2 or later
    Intel Core Duo processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or Core i3 or better recommended)
    2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)

    Windows 7 x64/x86 SP1, Windows 8 x64/x86
    Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon X2 processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X4 or better recommended)
    2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)

    Mac and Windows Systems
    FireWire S800 (IEEE 1394b) port
    Internet connection recommended
    DVD-ROM drive
    Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
    Monitor with 1024x768 resolution

    The minimum system requirements may differ for DAWs other than Studio One. Please check the requirements for your DAW of choice with its manufacturer.

    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. Monitor resolution for both PC and Mac should be no lower than 1024x768 pixels.

    33 mic high-headroom Class A XMAX mic preamplifiers (32 channels plus Talkback)
    32 balanced TRS line inputs
    4 subgroups
    Stereo/mono main out
    14 auxiliary mixes
    48-in/34-out FireWire S800 digital recording interface (24-bit/44.1 kHz and 48 kHz)
    Studio One Artist Digital Audio Workstation software for Mac and Windows
    Capture 2.0 recording software for Mac and Windows
    StudioLive Remote-AI mixer-control software for iPad available free from Apple App Store
    QMix-AI aux-control software for iPhone and iPod touch available free from Apple App Store
    Direct recording interface compatible with Logic, Nuendo, Cubase, Sonar, Digital Performer, Ableton Live, and more
    60 channel strips
    Trim control with -20 to +20 dBV line/-15 to +65 dBu mic gain range (80dB!)
    +48V phantom power switch for condenser microphones
    Digital Audio Input Select
    100 mm precision faders
    Lighted Solo and Mute buttons
    6 mute groups with All On/All Off switches
    Access to Fat Channel functions
    15-LED ladder metering + clip LED
    Analog ¼" insert (rear panel)
    4 subgroup buses, each with:
    Access to Fat Channel functions (except high-pass filter and phase reverse)
    14 aux sends, each with
    Pre/post-fader send
    Output-level control
    Access to Fat Channel functions (except phase reverse)
    Mix and Mix/Pan Fat Channel value displays
    Available sources: 32 input channels, Aux In A and B, Tape Input, Main digital-audio return, FXA, FXB, FXC, FXD, Talkback
    4 internal effects sends (two reverbs, two delay effects), each with:
    Pre/post-fader send
    Output-level control
    Access to Fat Channel (except phase reverse)
    Effects-send Select for Fat Channel metering
    Mix button for aux-bus mixing and Fat Channel value displays
    Master Section
    Aux Input A and B
    Level Control and Select (Fat Channel metering) switch
    Access to all Fat Channel functions (except phase reverse)
    Talkback System
    Mic Level control
    Output Select (Aux 1-2, 3-8, 9-14, Main)
    Talk button
    Rear-panel XLR mic input with trim control and continuous 48V phantom power
    2 Track In
    Level control
    Tape Input to Mains button
    Main Digital Audio Return on/off
    Solo Bus
    Cue Mix volume control
    PFL/AFL and Solo In Place (SIP) buttons
    Latch, Radio, and CR Modes
    Monitor Bus
    Headphone-output level control
    Control-room monitor-level control
    Solo Bus to Monitor button
    Tape Input to Monitor button
    Main Digital Audio Return to Monitor button
    Main Mix to Monitor button
    Fat Channel with rotary encoders:
    Pan with dedicated 15-LED display
    Stereo link for input channels, aux buses, and subgroups
    Phase reverse (main channels only)
    High-pass filter: -6 dB/oct., sweepable from Off to 1 kHz (main channels and aux's only)
    Gate: Threshold: 0 to -84 dB; Attack: 0.02 to 500 ms; Release: 0.05 to 2 sec; Bandpass Key Filter: 40 Hz to 16 kHz; second-order resonant bandpass filter Q (0.7) with Key Listen function
    Compressor: Threshold -56 to 0 dB; Ratio 1:1 to 14:1, LIM=ˆž:1; Attack 0.2 to 150 ms; Release 2.5 to 900 ms; Makeup Gain 0 to 28 dB; Soft Knee switch; Auto Mode with 10 ms Attack and 150 ms Release
    4-band fully parametric equalizer
    Low EQ: sweepable from 36 Hz to 465 Hz, ±15 dB, switchable shelf or peaking
    Low Mid EQ: sweepable from 90 Hz to 1.2 kHz, ±15 dB, variable Q 0.1 to 4.0
    High Mid EQ: sweepable from 380 Hz to 5 kHz, ±15 dB, variable Q 0.1 to 4.0
    High EQ: sweepable from 1.4 kHz to 18 kHz, ±15 dB, switchable shelf or peaking
    Master EQ On/Off button
    Limiter: variable Threshold -28 dBfs to 0, ˆž:1 Ratio
    Alt EQ & Dyn button for quick A/B comparisons of two complete sets of Fat Channel settings for each channel and busOutput Assign: 4 subgroups and main
    All settings can be copied among channels and buses and can be saved as user presets.
    50 channel-strip presets for drums, bass, guitars, keyboards, and vocals
    4 internal digital effects-processors (2 reverbs, 2 delays), each with 50 customizable presets
    16 31-band graphic equalizers
    Assignable to each aux bus and the Main bus
    Scene Store and Recall
    Global Scene Storage: all current StudioLive settings
    Up to 80 at a time
    6 Quick Scene buttons for instant Scene save/recall”like "speed dial" for Scenes
    Automatic Global AutoStore
    Customizable naming (for example, "Saturday Gig" or "Main Worship Service")
    Individual channel-strip setting storage
    Up to 48 at a time, plus¦
    50 factory presets for instruments and vocal
    Copy and Paste between channels
    Can be browsed by category (DRM, VOX, HRN, GTR, BAS, MISC, SYS)
    Lockout mode to keep inspired amateurs from changing your settings
    24 x 16- LED Fat Channel matrix:
    Pre-dynamics/pre-fader input
    Post-dynamics/post-fader output
    Gain reduction
    Aux 1-14 and EFX A-D output
    Fader-position recall
    8 x 15-LED main meter bank
    Selected channel level
    Selected channel gain reduction
    Sub buses 1 to 4
    Main stereo outputs
    15-LED horizontal Pan/Balance display
    64 x 194 LCD matrix
    Effects parameters
    Scene creation, storage, and recall
    System menus
    Channel Info page with custom naming
    GEQ Select
    2-digit Channel Selected display
    32 main inputs, each with XLR mic, ¼" line, and ¼" inserts
    2 ¼" balanced stereo (L/R) aux inputs
    1 XLR talkback-mic input with XMAX preamp, phantom power (always on), and level control
    Unbalanced RCA stereo (L/R) tape inputs and outputs
    XLR stereo (L/R) main outputs with level control
    ¼" balanced stereo (L/R) main outputs
    XLR mono output with level control
    ¼" balanced stereo (L/R) control-room outputs
    ¼" headphone output
    4 ¼" balanced subgroup outputs
    14 ¼" balanced aux outputs
    32 pre-insert, balanced direct outputs, Ch. 1-8, 9-16, 17-24, 25-32 (DB25 sockets)
    Dedicated USB 2.0 port and included Wi-Fi LAN adapter for wireless communications
    Installed Option Card with:
    S/PDIF digital out
    2 FireWire S800 ports
    Optional I/O cards
    Thunderbolt-FireWire S800-S/PDIF Out
    Ethernet/Dante-FireWire S800-S/PDIF Out
    High-definition analog-to-digital converters (118 dB dynamic range)
    Unlimited-headroom, 32-bit floating point, digital mixing and effects processing
    Internal sample frequency 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz
    Rugged, non-flex steel chassis
    100 mm long-throw faders
    Military-grade, quick-touch buttons
    BNC 12V lamp socket
    Optional dust covers available

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  • Accurate Controls
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile


    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Live mixing
    • Live Recording
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2 AI 32-channel Digital Mixer with Active Integration:

    I have been a StudioLive user/owner since 2009 when I got my first 16.4.2. My primary use of this mixer is in a live environment, and I was also using the Yamaha LS9 and 01V96 for digital consoles, along with A&H GL series for analog consoles. I was at the time (and still am) very impressed with the overall sound quality, ease of use, and the shortened amount of time that I could get from load in to sound check using the StudioLive mixer. Since these boards are also digital interfaces, you can track your entire show live at the click of a mouse. This alone will please most any band that you are mixing. Throw in a DVD with raw tracks for them and/or a stereo mix with no extra effort on your part. The software for both Mac and Windows are included with these mixers. Another great feature of the SL mixers are the iOS device apps that are included. If you run live sound, you have surely been stuck into a corner somewhere that isn't a good spot at all to hear (or see) the band. I have had to mix a few shows using headphones due to some really bad mix positions. Guess what, this is no longer an issue with the iPad app. I can sit in the best spot in the house with my iPad and mix an entire show. I have done this on many occasions. It is also very handy for dialing in the monitor EQs. I can now stand on stage and do a mic check while EQing from my iPad! If you want to, you can also let each band member manage their own monitor mix too.

    I have since retired my Yamaha digital consoles, and have added the new 32.4.2 AI along with a 16.4.2 AI and I must say that I am very impressed with the improvement in sound quality that Presonus has made in the AI series. I was already pleased with the original series, but the AI series has taken this to a whole new level. I ran my first festival show with the 32.4.2 AI two days after getting it, and was very pleased overall. The workflow is exactly like the original SL series, but with many improvements, like the A/B fat channel settings and the GEQ having a dedicated button on the work surface. I absolutely love that the 32 channel version has mute groups and quick scenes directly on the work surface as well! Another welcome addition is the 2 extra FX processors. There are now 4 in all, making the use of outboard gear no longer needed. Even with a bigger show 4 FX processors are usually enough. I still have my favorite rack mount unit though, and using this is no problem with the SL mixers, because they have loads of aux sends (6 on the 16ch, 14 on the 32ch) and 2 stereo returns.

    My original 16.4.2 is still going strong and has been a solid and reliable mixer. I absolutely love these digital consoles for their analog feel, easy workflow, and reliability. I am installing one of these at my church as well, and think it will be a great move for them. They use a lot of volunteer sound staff, so I think the StudioLive will be a great fit because of its ease of use, and short learning curve. The fat channel is a great visual for what is dialed in on any channel. In addition the SL mixers have great metering and you can easily see what is going on in the big picture with a glance.

    I strongly recommend this mixer and have used lots of other digital and analog consoles. If you are coming from analog, this is an easy choice. It will feel familiar to you in a relatively short amount of time and is easier in many respects. No more remembering which compressor in your rack is patched to which channel. Just hit select on the channel that you are working with and everything is there at your fingertips. Also, you can leave those racks of compressors at home, because everything is onboard! Get yourself one of these today, you won't be disappointed.

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    • Professional Recording

    Comments about PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2 AI 32-channel Digital Mixer with Active Integration:

    I got this in September and have used it every weekend since. This board has just about everything I need as a mobile sound engineer. It took an hour or so to get it set up the way I want it, and now when I set up for a show my time is cut by more than half. I really like the analog feel of this board, even though it is digital. The sound is great, and there is plenty of head room to play with. My only complaints are that all the monitor sends are 1/4 inch and there's only 4 subgroups (8 would be wonderful).

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