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PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI Digital Mixer, 16-Channel, New

Who needs outboard gear? With two Fat Channel FX processors on all 16 inputs and 4 buses, this console has you covered. Plus, it's got 32x18 FireWire I/O. (3) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Audio engineers sure are a demanding bunch. The want their mixers to be feature-filled, yet easy to use; expandable, yet compact; powerful, yet affordable. And naturally, we want the convenience of digital with the warmth of analog. The PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI digital mixer meets the most discerning engineer's demands (and budget) with clear, warm mic preamps, an impressive array of top-notch digital effects, and a 32x18 FireWire I/O. -- making the 16-channel StudioLive a formidable mixing console, whether in the recording studio or on the road.

Plenty Of Routing

Sixteen class-A, high-headroom XMAX preamps feed sixteen input channels for plenty of mixing flexibility. Full band setups with multiple singers are no problem with the StudioLive 16.4.2. To make mixing on the fly easier, assign your inputs to one of four subgroups to get single-fader control over all the drum mics, or all the backup singers, for example. Additionally, use 6 external auxiliary outputs to send discrete monitor mixes to different areas of the stage, or route them to your outboard effects rack. There's even a complete talkback section (with its own dedicated mic input) for easy communication with performers, whether live or in the studio. Need more than sixteen input channels? Simply daisy-chain a second StudioLive unit and get perfectly synced 32-channel mixing, thanks to the board's FireWire capabilities.

Leave Your Outboard Gear At Home

Two Fat Channel FX processors and four 32-bit effects processors are what make the StudioLive such a powerful -- and self-contained -- mixing solution. The intuitive Fat Channel design puts high-precision EQ, compression, gating and limiting on every channel. Simply press the select button above a channel's fader, and the Fat Channel display is populated with that input's settings, all laid out graphically before you. You'll be able to quickly and confidently make equalization and compression adjustments, and because all this processing is done internally, you don't have to rely on any external compressors, gates, or noise suppressors. Need a great snare drum sound fast? Easily pull up and tweak the onboard presets -- or save, copy, and paste your own settings. In addition to the Fat Channel processors on each channel, there's a full complement of aux-send effects, including studio-quality reverbs, echos, delays, choruses, and more, with the same 32-bit processing. The StudioLive 16.4.2 even sports a dedicated tap-tempo button for using time-based effects in live performances. You can even store and recall favorite effects "scenes" for each tune you do live. Now you can rock the same vocal delay live that worked so well in the studio. The PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI could be the next "touring member" of your band.

FireWire Support And Capture Recording Software

PreSonus has outfitted the StudioLive with impressive recording tools for both live and studio situations -- just like the name says. Hook the unit up to your Mac or PC and you get 32x18 audio recording over FireWire. Every input channel, every aux, and every subgroup can be routed to the FireWire inputs for impressive tracking flexibility. Best of all, the mixer ships with both Studio One Artist and Capture 2, two different live recording softwares. Connect the FireWire cable, load up the software on your computer, arm your tracks and hit record...it's that easy. Of course, you can also use it with all the major multitrack recording software, like Pro Tools, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic, etc. And for studio situations, you can add multiple channels by connecting additional FireWire gear -- like a PreSonus FireTube or PreSonus ProjectStudio -- for virtually limitless expandability. You can even use the StudioLive 16.4.2AI as a tape return mixer to add true analog summing to your digital sessions.

A digital mixer with onboard effects is a the perfect solution for gigging bands that want to record in their rehearsal studio. And if you're a live venue that's looking to offer recording capabilities to your artists, look no further. The powerful, affordable PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI 16-Channel digital mixer/audio interface has arrived.

Features

- 16 mic/line inputs have high-headroom class-A XMAX preamplifiers with 80 dB of mic gain and +48V phantom power, each on their own channel strip with 100mm faders and access to Fat Channel functions
- 4 subgroup buses, stereo/mono main outs, and 6 aux mixes with access to Fat Channel functions
- Fat Channel functions include pan, stereo link, phase reverse, high-pass filter, 4-band semi-parametric EQ, gate, compressor, limiter, and output assign - with 50 Fat Channel factory presets for drums, bass, guitars, keyboards and vocals
- Two FireWire ports; 32-in/18-out FireWire digital recording interface (32-bit/44.1 kHz and 48 kHz) with bundled Capture 2 recording software and Studio One Artist Digital Audio Workstation software for Mac and PC - or record to any DAW with the FireWire interface
- High-definition analog-to-digital converters with 118 dB dynamic range
- Unlimited-headroom, 32-bit floating point digital mixing and effects processing
- Lighted Solo and Mute buttons and 15-LED ladder metering plus clip LED
- Talkback system with XLR input, output select and Talk button
- Rugged steel chassis; military-grade, quick-touch buttons

Virtual StudioLive (Mac/Win) and StudioLive Remote (iPad)

PreSonus Virtual StudioLive-AI software for Mac and Windows provides bidirectional control of the StudioLive 16.0.2AI 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 Scene to the whole mixer just by dragging it on VSL from a list you see at all times. Collect and trade Scenes with other StudioLive users.

To top it off, you can control VSL - and therefore, your StudioLive mixer - from an Apple iPad. With PreSonus StudioLive Remote for iPad (free from the Apple App Store), you can walk around the venue and tweak the mix, in real time, from any location, fixing monitor mixes from the stage and eliminating sonic problems on the spot.

- 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
- Remote control the mixer from an iPad using StudioLive Remote software.

Q-Mix Wireless Aux-Mix Control Software for iPhone and iPod touch

With QMix, you can enjoy wireless remote control of any PreSonus StudioLive(TM) 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.
- Runs on an Apple iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 4 or higher
- Provides wireless control over aux mixes in Virtual StudioLive and hence, over aux mixes in any StudioLive-series digital mixer
- Portrait view shows Wheel of Me, where you can select multiple "Me" channels and control their levels simultaneously
- Landscape view provides control of all aux-send levels and panning (for linked auxes)
- Aux mixes can be named (up to 10 characters)
- Control the auxes on any StudioLive mixer on the wireless network from one iPhone or iPod touch
- Multiple iPhones and iPod touches can control the same StudioLive
- Set permissions in VSL so each iPhone and iPod touch can control only one specific aux mix
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StudioLive 16.4.2 AI Specs:

- Input Channels: 16
- Aux Buses: 10 (6 with analog outs + 4 internal FX)
- Mute Groups: 6 (via VSL-AI)
- Quick Scenes: 8 (via VSL-AI)
- Digital Sends/Returns: 32/18
- Fat Channel EQ: 4-band semi-parametric (mid bands: High/Low Q switch) with individual band and global On/Off (Fully parametric EQ is available through VSL-AI and SL Remote-AI)
- Gate Parameters: On/Off, Threshold, Release (Range, Attack, Key Filter, Key Listen, and Expander are available through VSL-AI and SL Remote-AI.)
- Limiter Parameters: On/Off (Threshold is available through VSL-AI and SL Remote-AI)
- Graphic EQ: 8 (auxes, mains); front-panel GEQ switch
- Rackmount: Yes (rack ears included)
- Dimensions (LxWxH): 22.35" (56.8 cm) x 17.22" (43.74 cm) x 6.90" (17.53 cm)
- Weight: 23 lbs. (10.43 kg)

Tech Specs for StudioLive AI Series:

Microphone Preamps (XLR Balanced):
- Type: XLR Female, Balanced
- Frequency Response to Direct Output: 20 Hz to 40 kHz +/-0.5 dBu
- Frequency Response to Main Output: 20 Hz to 20 kHz +/-0.5 dBu
- Input Impedance (Balanced): 1 kOhms
- THD to Direct Output: < 0.007%, +4 dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd
- THD to Main Output: <0.005%, +4 dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd
- EIN to Direct Output: +125 dB unwtd, +130 dB A-wtd
- S/N Ratio to Direct Output: 105 dB
- S/N Ratio to Main Output: 94 dB
- Common Mode Rejection Ratio: 65 dB
- Gain Control Range: -15 dB to +65 dB (+/- 1 dB)
- Maximum Input Level (unity gain): +22 dBu
- Phantom Power: +48 VDC

Line Inputs:
- Type: 1/4" TRS Female, balanced mono
- Frequency Response to Direct Outputs: 10-40 kHz, 0 / -0.5 dBu
- Frequency Response to Main Outputs: 20-20 kHz, +/-0.5 dBu
- Input Impedance: 10 kOhms
- THD to Direct Output: <0.007%, +4 dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd
- THD to Main Output: <0.005%, +4 dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, unwtd
- S/N Ratio to Direct Output: 105 dB
- S/N Ratio to Main Output: 94 dB
- Gain Control Range (+/-1 dB): -20 dB to +20 dB
- Maximum Input level (unity gain): +22 dBu

Tape Inputs:
- Type: RCA Female, unbalanced (stereo pair)
- Maximum Input Level: +22 dBu

Auxiliary Inputs:
- Type: 1/4" TRS Female, balanced (2 stereo pairs)
- Maximum Input Level: +22 dBu

Main Outputs:
- Type: Male, balanced (stereo pair); 1/4" TRS Female, balanced (stereo pair); XLR Male, balanced (mono)
- Rated Output Level: +24 dBu
- Output Impedance: 100Ohms

Aux Outputs:
- Type: 1/4" TRS Female, balanced (mono)
- Rated Output Level: +18 dBu
- Output Impedance: 100Ohms

Subgroup Outputs:
- Type: 1/4" TRS Female, balanced (mono)
- Rated Output Level: +18 dBu
- Output Impedance: 100Ohms

Tape Outputs:
- Type: RCA Female, unbalanced (stereo pair)
- Rated Output Level: +18 dBu
- Output Impedance: 100Ohms

Control Room Outputs:
Type: 1/4" TRS Female, balanced (stereo pair)
Rated Output Level: +18 dBu
Output Impedance: 100Ohms

System Crosstalk:
Input to Output (Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unwtd): -90 dBu
Adjacent Channels (Ref = +4 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz, unwtd): -87 dBu

Noise Gate / Expander:
- Threshold Range: -84 dB to 0 dB
- Attack Time: 0.02s to 500 ms / 0.5 ms
- Release Time: 0.05s to 2s
- Expander Attenuation Range: 2:1
- Gate Attenuation Range: -84 dB to 0 dB / infinity
- Key Listen Filter: 2nd-order resonant bandpass; Q=0.7; OFF, 40 Hz-16 kHz

Limiter:
- Threshold: -56 dB to 0 dB / -28 dBFS
- Ratio: infinity:1
- Attack: 20 ms
- Hold: 10 ms
- Release: 20 ms

Compressor:
- Threshold Range: -56 dB to 0 dB
- Ratio: 1:1 to 14:1
- Attack Time: 0.2 ms to 150 ms
- Release Time: 40 ms to 1000 ms
- Auto Attack and Release: Attack = 10 ms, Release = 150 ms
- Curve Types: hard and soft knee

Parametric EQ:
- Type: 2nd-order shelving filter (Q = 0.55)
- Low (Lowpass or Bandpass): 36 to 465 Hz, +/-15 dB
- Low Mid: 90 Hz to 1.2 kHz, +/-15 dB
- High Mid: 380 Hz to 5 kHz, +/-15 dB
- High (Highpass or Bandpass): 1.4 kHz to 18 kHz, +/-15 dB
- Q: 0.1 to 4 / 16.4.2AI*: Low Q=0.55, Hi Q=2.0

Graphic EQ:
- 31-Band 1/3rd Octave Controls: Curve-fitting algorithm
- Gain/Attenuation: +/-15 dB

Digital Audio:
- ADC Dynamic Range (A-wtd, 48 kHz): 118 dB
- DAC Dynamic Range (A-wtd, 48 kHz): 118 dB
- FireWire: s800, 800 Mb/s
- Internal Processing: 32-bit, floating point
- Sampling Rate: 44.1, 48 kHz
- A/D/A Bit Depth: 24
- Reference Level for 0 dBFS: +18 dBu

Clock:
- Jitter: <20 ps RMS (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
- Jitter Attenuation: >60 dB (1 ns in = 1 ps out)

Power/Environmental:
- Connector: IEC
- Input-Voltage Range: 100 to 230V, 50-60 Hz
- Power Requirements: 200W
- Temperature Range: 0 to 40 degrees Celsius / 32 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit

Computer system requirements for Virtual StudioLive-AI:


Mac:
- Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later
- Intel Core Duo processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or Core i3 or better recommended)
- 4 GB RAM (more recommended)

Windows:
- 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)
- 4 GB RAM (more recommended)

Mac and Windows Systems:
- FireWire S800 (IEEE 1394b) port
- Ethernet port recommended
- Internet connection recommended
- DVD-ROM drive
- Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
- Monitor with 1280x800 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 1280x800 pixels.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
with Recording Pack
Shipping Weight: 87 lbs
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 51 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 32 x 26 x 13 in
Presonus Warranty Presonus offers a one year warranty (parts and labor) on all new products. All non-new Presonus products carry a limited warranty of 90 days.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 225-216-7887

Product Description

With a powerful user interface, amazing DSP performance, direct Wi-Fi and LAN communication, enhanced workflow, and tightly integrated software suite, the PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI creates a streamlined working environment for both live and studio use.

Redesigned from the ground up, the StudioLive 16.4.2AI 16-channel digital mixer provides analog workflow with extensive dual signal processing on every channel and bus and an onboard 32x18 FireWire s800 interface. Active Integration technology provides direct Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking with a tightly integrated software suite for Mac, Windows, and iOS, including Capture 2.1 recording software with true Virtual Soundcheck mode and VSL-AI with Smaart System Check Wizards.

The StudioLive 16.4.2AI introduces a paradigm for digital mixing and recording solutions. Retaining the same surface-driven functionality that made StudioLive mixers famous, while adding even more processing power, enhanced workflow features, and Active Integration technology, it provides a networked, tightly integrated hardware/software ecosystem in which every touch point in the system communicates to enhance each mixing task.

The StudioLive 16.4.2AI offers wireless or wired connectivity to any standard router and networks with Macs, PCs, and iOS devices running the StudioLive AI Software Library, which features VSL-AI with Smaart audio analysis, specialized iOS apps, Capture 2.1, and Studio One Artist 2.6 DAW.The mixer features an extensive analog patch bay for flexible connectivity; a 32x18 FireWire s800 interface for easy recording and virtual soundchecks; extensive dual signal processing on every channel and bus, with A/B comparison; and 16 dedicated mix buses for easy configuration. Best of all, all controls are one-to-one, so there are no layers to get lost in, and your main mix is always at your fingertips.

Learn more about the StudioLive 16.4.2AI mixer:


Features:

- Dual Fat Channel signal processing on all 16 input channels and all buses, with 4-band semi-parametric EQ, compressor, gate, limiter, and more lets you A/B two complete Fat Channel settings like having two different Fat Channel settings at once on every channel and bus!
- Active Integration software suite includes Capture 2 with Virtual Soundcheck mode and remote StudioLive scene store/recall, Studio One Artist 2 with native Fat Channel plug-in and StudioLive scene compatibility, and Virtual StudioLive-AI with Smaart System Check Wizards and Spectra analysis on every channel and bus.
- One-to-one control over every parameter no layers or banks means your main mix is always at your fingertips
- 12 dedicated mix outputs for easy configuration: 4 subgroups, 6 analog auxiliary buses, and stereo main mix with mono sum
- 4 stereo 32-bit digital effects processors with dedicated aux buses (two reverbs, two delays)
- 16 channel mic preamps, line inputs, analog inserts, and direct outputs for flexible connectivity
- 8 31-band graphic EQs (insertable on main and aux outputs)
- 32-in/18-out FireWire s800 recording interface (24-bit, 44.1 and 48 kHz), compatible with Core Audio and ASIO (Mac/Windows)
- Dedicated Ethernet port and USB 2.0 port for included Wi-Fi LAN adapter for wired or wireless connection to a wireless router
- Optional Thunderbolt, Dante, and AVB connectivity
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"PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI 16-Channel"
Overall: The board is nicely laid out and very much intuitive to use. Solid construction and very attractive design. I am delighted with this purchase. The software will let you record using the board and all its fat channel settings, 16 tracks of audio to your computer interface at one time.. Then once you have that recorded you can add additional tracks to your project and just use a couple channels of the board for a stereo mix of the recorded tracks, effectively allowing you to have 24 or more mix tracks in the software mixer that sum to only two channels on your boards inputs faders..
Style of Music: I have recorded everything from hard rock to classical music and voice overs for TV spots
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