Create Pro Recordings with Top-Notch Pres and Tons of Effects!
Let's say that portability, price, and pristine sound are your top three priorities in a mixer. You've narrowed down the number of mic preamps you need, and determined that the on-board DSP and auto-recall functions of a digital console make a lot of sense for your limited-space setup. So, how small can you go?
Take a peek at the back panel of the PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 USB mixer. The four channels on the left (labeled 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and 15/16) aren't only stereo line inputs -- they also have XLR inputs, bringing you to a grand total of twelve XMAX class-A mic pres (plus one more for the talkback channel). Add four aux outputs, MIDI I/O, and an 18-in/16-out USB interface, and you've got an abundance of I/O in a decidedly compact footprint. And we're talking carry-it-under-your-arm compact: the 20-pound StudioLive 16.0.2 USB is under 16 inches by 16 inches! With the 16.0.2's intuitive Fat Channel processing on every input channel, aux, and output, the sound you shape in your home studio can now travel lighter than ever.
Fat Channels in a Slim Package
Press the glowing Select button on any channel, aux, or output to light up that big blue Fat Channel section of the console with bright, easy-to-read controls for studio-quality processors: high-pass filter, phase-reverse switch, gate, compressor, limiter, and precise 3-band parametric EQ. Renowned for its intuitive user interface, PreSonus' Fat Channel gives you clearly-labeled physical knobs, 16-ladder LED displays, a high-visibility Selected Channel LCD screen, and a horizontal pan display. Forget scrolling through menus or memorizing soft keys just to tweak your compressor settings. Fat Channel puts it all at your fingertips. And with Store and Recall for Fat Channel settings, you can pull up your favorite kick drum compressor in a flash -- and even copy and paste settings to other channels.
Store and Recall for On-Board Processing
This little board packs a lot of effects processing power, in the form of two programmable 32-bit floating point stereo DSP effects engines. Pull up any of the various useful presets, or build your own reverb, delay, and time-based effects. There's even a 31-band stereo graphic equalizer strapped across your main outs -- indispensable for "ringing out the room" before your next show. When you've dialed in the perfect reverb or room EQ, press a button to save it individually, or make it part of a "Scene" that stores and recalls every setting on the console. Does the band always need louder monitor mixes on this-that-or-the-other tune? Just save a Scene for each song in your setlist, and automate each channel's level to the four aux sends that feed your monitors. And if you happen to be a one-man-band performer and
sound mixer, don't forget about the 16.0.2 USB's handy MIDI I/O: you can use a MIDI foot pedal from on stage to switch Scenes just as easily as you stomp a guitar pedal.
Wireless Remote Control
Even with all your settings stored in the console, sometimes you need to make fixes to your live mixes. With wireless mix control, you can make real-time adjustments to your mix while listening from different areas of the room or venue. Like all PreSonus StudioLive mixers, the StudioLive 16.0.2 USB lets you mix wirelessly or over a wired network using UC Surface touch-control software for Mac, Windows, Android, and iPad. Plus, musicians can control individual monitor mixes onstage with the QMix-UC app for iPhone/iPod touch and Android. Use your existing Wi-Fi network and router to wirelessly connect a mobile device to your StudioLive 16.0.2 USB.
Capture the Moment via USB
Just like the name "StudioLive" suggests, the 16.0.2 is more than a user-friendly live console -- it's a fantastic front end for your recording setup. Connect the USB cable to send 24-bit, 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz digital audio in and out of your computer, pre- or post-Fat Channel processing. Want to mix an existing multitrack session on real faders? Just send the individual tracks out of your DAW to the 16.0.2, add Fat Channel processing to taste, save a Scene to recall your console, and mix back to a stereo track on your DAW. The 16.0.2 works as an audio interface for Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, and more, and it even comes bundled with PreSonus Capture recording software and Studio One Artist, PreSonus' own dedicated DAW. If your band has been looking for an easy way to multitrack-record your live shows, it doesn't get much easier than plugging in one USB cable, launching Capture, arming your audio tracks and hitting the big red button. And USB connectivity is also the perfect way to add multitrack backing tracks to your live show. Hit the Multimode buttons on each channel to toggle mute, solo, or listen to the USB return.
Take a closer look at the StudioLive 16.0.2 USB in this video from PreSonus:
- 16 channel inputs (8 mono and 4 stereo) with 60mm faders
- 12 class-A XMAX solid-state mic preamplifiers (13, counting the talkback)
- 4 aux buses with pre/post-fader sends
- Two stereo 32-bit floating-point digital effects processors
- Practical, usable presets for on-board reverb, delay, and time-based effects
- Fat Channel signal processing on all channels and buses: 3-band parametric EQ, gate, compressor, limiter, and more
- Stereo, 31-band graphic EQ on the main bus
- 18-in/16-out USB recording and playback interface (24-bit/44.1kHz and 48kHz)
- Scene and individual settings store and recall
- MIDI I/O
- Ultra-compact footprint
- Bundled Capture recording software, Studio One Artist production software, UC Surface, and QMix-UC to remote-control your mixer from a computer or mobile device.
- Use your existing Wi-Fi network and router to wirelessly connect a mobile device and remote-control your StudioLive 16.0.2 USB via iOS or Android devices.
With all these features crammed into an incredible 16 x 16-inch footprint, the PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 USB digital mixer/audio interface combines uncompromising sound quality with unbeatable portability. Clearly, PreSonus built this board for the gigging musician that doubles as a home studio engineer (you know who you are). You simply won't find a better-sounding, more portable digital console at this price point.
Note: Rack ears are available separately, not included with the mixer.
This PreSonus product comes with the Studio Magic plug-in bundle -- free!
See how to install your Studio Magic plug-ins in this video:
Includes Studio Magic Plug-in Suite: Over $1000 in Free Software!
With over $1000 of virtual instruments, effects plug-ins and more, PreSonus' Studio Magic plug-in suite offers something for everyone -- and it's included as a free download with this product. Here's a look at everything included in this bundle:
Ableton Live Lite (a standalone DAW)
is a lightweight edition of Ableton Live, with essential instruments and effects. (PreSonus also throws in their Studio One Artist software as a free download, so if you're in need of modern DAW software, you've got two solid choices right off the bat.)
Arturia's Analog Lab Lite 3 (VST, VST3, AAX, AU, Standalone)
is a "Greatest Hits" collection of physically modeled — not sampled — classic analog synths, organs, string machines, and pianos from Arturia's V-Collection of virtual instruments.
Brainworx bx_opto compressor (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP)
combines the best aspects and anomalies from several legendary, light-dependent compressor circuits. The result is a powerful dynamics processor, teeming with character and delivering sounds that can't be achieved with analog optical compressors.
Brainworx bx_rockrack V3 guitar amp modeling plug-in (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP)
provides boutique tube guitar amp simulations that sound and feel like the real thing, with 8 famous amp models and 40 impulse responses in one plug-in.
Cherry Audio Voltage Modular Nucleus (VST, AU, AAX)
is a terrific introduction to modular synthesis with 22 modules and 67 presets.
iZotope Neutron Elements (VST, VST3, AAX, AU, Standalone)
features futuristic, assistive technology and four fantastic-sounding audio processors: Compressor, EQ, Exciter, and Transient Shaper. Like having a virtual assistant, Neutron Elements will listen to your audio, identify instruments, and offer custom starting points for your mix decisions while leaving the creative control to you.
Klanghelm SDRR2tube (VST, AU, AAX)
can be a saturation processor, a compressor, an EQ, a bit-crusher, or a subtle stereo widener to add warmth, depth, and character to your tracks.
KV331 Audio Synthmaster Player (VST, AU, AAX)
is a simplified version of the developer's SynthMaster semi-modular software synthesizer and effects plug-in, with limited editing capabilities. It comes with 1,800 factory presets from a world-class team of sound designers and offers 12 editable parameters.
Lexicon's MPX-i Reverb (VST, AU, AAX)
delivers seven classic Lexicon plate, hall, chamber, and room reverbs. A streamlined interface and 100 versatile, finely crafted presets enable you to quickly get the sound you want.
Mäag Audio EQ2 (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP)
delivers the sound of the Mäag Audio EQ2 two-band hardware equalizer. Mäag Audio's EQ design allows for exceptionally low phase shift across all EQ adjustments, which helps maintain the integrity of your mix's original sound while enhancing the very high "air" frequencies.
Native Instruments' Replika delay plug-in (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP)
packs two professional quality delays and a powerful diffusion algorithm into a sleek, streamlined interface.
Output Movement (VST, VST3, AU, AAX)
is an exciting effects plug-in for the studio or stage that adds powerful rhythms to any input in real-time. Movement's four rhythm engines blend seamlessly, while analog modeled effects optimized for modulation let you add rhythm with reverb and compressors pumping, filters and EQs opening and closing, delays morphing, and tube distortion warming and cooling.
SPL Attacker Plus (VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native, AAX DSP)
, from Plugin Alliance, is a micro-plug-in that enables all attack events to be amplified, regardless of their signal level. By focusing on the initial transient instead of specific frequencies, SPL Attacker Plus amplifies just the attack curves of a sound event, allowing instruments to be mixed at lower levels.
StudioLinked Trophies (VST, VST3, AAX, AU, Standalone)
is an intuitive and easy-to-use collection of R&B sounds assembled by nine-time Grammy-winning producer Bryan-Michael Cox. It includes 500 multi-sampled presets across 13 categories, onboard effects, ADSR controls, filtering controls, and a robust library of chord progressions that you can drag and drop into your instrument track.
UJAM Virtual Drummer 2 "Phat" (VST, VST3, AAX, AU, Standalone)
is all about funky urban drums suitable for everything from retro soul to g-funk. You get 30 different drum styles and 720 patterns recorded across 5 drum kits.
UVI Model D (VST, AU, AAX)
lets you experience the presence and power of a Concert Grand Model D piano, captured in the brilliant Guillaume Tell soundstage in Paris.
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