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Rating and Reviews: PreSonus StudioLive 32.4

With extensive DSP on all 32 channels and 4 buses, the 34.2.AI digital mixer represents the next generation in PreSonus' popular StudioLive console series.

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"Amazing board, crazy depth to the features" submitted January 8, 2014

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Sound: Replacing a mediocre 20 year old analog board with the Presonus 32AI using basic channel presets brought the overall hiss/static/buzz to around 5% of what it was with the prior board thanks to preamps and noise gates. I've had multiple people ask if we replaced the speakers. We didn't. I only replaced the mixer. No amps, speakers, or mics were changed. Feature: Incredibly easy operation for general use, easy access to advanced settings, no shift paging to get to the other half of your channels, iPad remote control, musicians with iPhones can control their own monitor mix, scenes for quick save and load of all important settings, multitrack record all inputs individually pre processing and play the recording back later for training, EQing, or remastering. Ease of Use: Intro user: Mute button, slider, solo button for headphone listen, ignore the rest, go nuts. -- Medium user: Here's your input meters on this button, here's your output meters on this button, press select on a channel and then your automatic volume smoothing is here and here and your EQ is here through here. -- Advanced user: Plug a laptop in, save each act of the play as a scene, drag them in later as needed. EQ curves can be adjusted by clicking this dot and moving it around on the screen. Quality: For the main functionality of a mixer, the unit has been excellent. it is however a computer running software, so quirks show up. Most of the problems and gotchas have been with features that I wouldn't in a million years had on my old mixer, so I'm still ahead of the game. For further details I would check the Presonus forums and knowledge base. Value: If you want clean quality audio with an interface that you could basically train anyone to use, this is an excellent option. Manufacturer Support: Support has been quick to respond. The quality of their responses has been hit and miss at times over my limited experience of two support tickets. The Wow Factor: After a month of using this board more than weekly and driving my wife nuts with extra time spent trying features out, I can say that I may have gotten to about half to 2/3rds of my options. To fully understand and realize all of the potential of this board will literally cause a jaw drop no less than five times. Overall: If you browse around online, you'll find various tech talk videos on Presonus boards that walk you through features. A two hour video will show you almost a third of the features that come included with this thing. There is no way to fully document all of its capabilities and included software features without making this a six page blog post.
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