Summer NAMM Show: PreSonus Announces StudioLive Digital Mixer

Summer NAMM Show Update: PreSonus Audio Electronics has announced the StudioLive 16.4.2 Digital Performance and Recording Mixer.

It’s a nicely spec’d digital mixer that integrates with your computer.

StudioLive features sixteen microphone preamplifiers, built-in 22×18 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 and talkback.

“This is the perfect mixing board for the serious band, nightclub, small church, and home studio,” says PreSonus’s Brad Zell. “It opens the door to record every show, record in the studio as well as use recorded tracks during performances.”

Here’s PreSonus’ info on the new mixer:

Analog Inputs and Outputs

Sixteen award-winning class A, high-headroom, low-noise XMAX microphone preamplifiers are featured on StudioLive for clarity, transparency and musicality. All sixteen channels of StudioLive include line input, balanced inserts and balanced direct output. StudioLive includes six balanced auxiliary sends and two dedicated auxiliary effects sends for flexible monitor mixes and aux effects. Four subgroups are also included for maximum flexibility. Two sets of balanced main outputs as well as control room outputs are located on the back panel.

Digital Conversion

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.

Digital Mixing

StudioLive 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

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 Effects

Two programmable 24-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.


Fast-acting LED metering is displayed all over StudioLive for quick and easy viewing of settings, parameters, inputs levels, gain reduction, and more. Fat Channel metering displays EQ frequency, cut/boost, as well as compressor and limiter gain reduction. Main meters can be switched between a number of viewing modes including input, output, gain reduction, main mix and pan.

Talkback Communication

StudioLive has a comprehensive Talkback system that enables direct communication with each stereo aux mix separately. This allows communication between the mixer and the musicians using in-ear monitors without disturbing other performers during a performance or recording session.

22X18 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.

Multi-Track Recording Software – Capture

StudioLive also ships with Capture multi-track recording software for Macintosh and Windows based computers. Capture software was specifically designed to interface with StudioLive perfectly and allow instant setup and recording of performances. Capture also gives the user full editing capability and export to wav file formats for complete compatibility with ProTools, Cubase, Logic, Sonar and others. With the look and feel of industry standard digital multi-track hard disk recorders, Capture is instantly familiar to every musician and engineer.

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