PreSonus StudioLive 32SC 32-Channel Digital Mixer

PreSonus StudioLive 32SC 32-Channel Digital Mixer

The "C" is for Compact. PreSonus' StudioLive 32SC console packs 40 input channels and 16 on-board preamps into a rackmountable footprint, expandable via AVB.

PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 16-Channel Digital Mixer with FireWire Interface

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- 16 inputs, 6 auxiliary mixes, 4 subgroups
- 16 class A XMAX microphone preamplifiers
- Hi-Definition analog to digital converters (118dB dynamic range)
- Unlimited headroom 32-bit floating point digital mixing and effects processing
- Internal sample frequency 44.1kHz and 48kHz
- 22x18 FireWire digital recording interface
- Compact 19-inch rack-mountable rugged steel chassis

Fat Channel Select:
- High Pass Filter
- Compressor
- Limiter
- Gate
- 4-band semi parametric EQ
- Pan
- Load/Save/Copy/Paste

- 2 Master DSP Effects (reverbs, delays, time-based effect, with load/save)
- Load/Save Mixer "Scenes" - all settings including fader levels with LED position matching
- 100mm long throw faders
- Military grade quick touch push buttons
- Fast-acting LED meters
- Talkback communication system
- CAPTURE integrated live recording software included
- Mac and Windows compatible
- New Universal Control version 1.11 software. Compatible with 64-bit Windows XP and Vista and will support 64-bit operation in Mac OS X 10.5 and later.
- Direct recording interface compatible with Logic, Nuendo, Cubase, Sonar, Digital Performer and more

- Length: 22.36 in. (568.06mm)
- Width (chassis only): 17.22 in. (437.40mm)
- Width (with rack ears): 19 in. (482.60mm)
- Maximum Height: 6.90 in.
PreSonus Warranty Presonus offers a one year warranty (parts and labor) on all new products. All non-new Presonus products are not covered by any warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 225-216-7887

PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 Digital Mixer

StudioLive is the most powerful and flexible sixteen-channel digital mixer the world has seen. Loaded with sixteen high headroom XMAX microphone preamplifiers, built-in 32x18 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, mixer save and recall, channel-strip save/recall/copy/paste, talkback and more, breaking boundaries for music performance and production.

Loaded with Racks of Effects

StudioLive is loaded with everything needed for professional live sound production totaling 28 compressors, 28 limiters, 28 gates, 28 high pass filters, 2 stereo reverb/delay's, 2 master stereo limiters and more, saving you loads of money and trips from the trailer during load in/out. All digital effects are created and processed with 32-bit floating point precision for maximum sonic performance and enhanced musicality.

Best in Both Worlds

StudioLive seamlessly integrates a professional digital mixer with a complete multi-channel recording system delivering the most creative environment available for both live performance and studio music production. Take your recording studio to the gig, and have your soundman record and even enhance your shows.

Get creative in the studio. Record with or without Fat Channel or DSP effects processing. Create mixes, loops, sound effects and more, then bring them out to your show and mix them with the live performance. Process channels using your favorite plug-ins, and completely automate your entire show using your favorite music recording and production software. StudioLive completely revolutionizes music production opening endless creative possibilities.

Powerful and Easy 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 (EQ, Compressor, Limiter, Gate, on every 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 32-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.

Load and Save Your Settings

StudioLive allows you to save all of your digital settings for quick setup and recall. Save "scenes" (all settings) including fader levels with LED position matching, channel strips (Fat Channel), and individual DSP effects for ultimate ease, quickness and control.

Professional Sound Quality

StudioLive spares no expense when it comes to sound quality. All digital mixing is done with ultra-high headroom 32-bit floating point processing for optimal sonic performance. 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.

Built-in 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. It 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. It's compatible with Mac and Windows audio recording and production software including Logic, Nuendo, Cubase, Sonar, Digital Performer, Audition and more.

Integrated Multitrack Recording Software- CAPTURE

StudioLive 16.4.2 also ships complete with CAPTURE multitrack recording software so you can effortlessly record your shows right out of the box. CAPTURE software was designed to interface with the unit perfectly to allow instant setup and recording of performances. With the look and feel of industry standard digital multitrack hard disk recorders, CAPTURE software is instantly familiar to every musician and engineer. HDR software gives you full editing capability as well as export to wav file formats for compatibility with ProTools, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic, Sonar and all other recording and music production software. Or you can play back your recorded tracks via FireWire and mix your tracks with the mixing power and capabilities, then record the final mix back to CAPTURE; Now that's power!

XMAX Class A Preamplifiers

StudioLive includes sixteen custom-designed high-voltage, discrete, XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers for all types of microphones.The job of a microphone preamplifier is to boost microphone level signals to line level so that the signal can be converted from analog to digital. This mic to line boost is generally a preamplification of over 400 times the voltage of the original mic level signal. This preamplification stage is one of the most important stages that the signal will go through before converted to digital, and is why a high performance preamplifier is important to achieving great results.

All XMAX preamplifiers are built with the same three elements:

High Voltage - The XMAX preamplifier runs on power rails of 30V. Most off the shelf op amp based designs run on power rails of 10V to 18V. Higher voltage power rails deliver more headroom, deeper lows, smoother highs and an overall fuller sound.

Discrete - No op amps. Only transistors, resistors and capacitors. Op amps add noise, coloration and harshness to a signal. Discrete designs deliver ultra-low noise and transparency.

Class A - When a circuit is running in Class A mode the circuit is always in an "on" state operating at its optimal voltage requirements. Class A mode has zero crossover distortion and delivers purer, clearer and more musical sonics than class A/B designs which are found in most op-amp circuits.

The net result of the XMAX preamp design is high headroom, low noise, wide dynamic range and wide frequency range, and most importantly, musicality and transparency - smooth highs, solid deep lows, and everything in between.

Link Multiple Units

Sometimes 16 input channels are not enough. No problem! You can use the second FireWire port to link two StudioLive 16.4.2 mixers for 32 channels of recording or to combine up to 4 mixers for 64 channels in live performance, with sample-accurate synchronization between units. Now, you will never have to worry that your needs will outgrow your mixing capacity; when you need more channels, just plug in a second unit, turn on its link ID, and your master StudioLive will detect it and merge the buses to the master unit. You don't even need a computer to cascade multiple units; simply connect them with a FireWire cable. You also can daisy-chain one or more FireStudio-series interfaces (such as the FireStudio Tube and FireStudio Project) with a StudioLive to provide additional inputs for recording.
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"Little Board - Huge Professional Features!"
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Great Product that is easy to use for any sound engineer. Sound wise, is as good as boards costing thousands more.

Absolutely clean sound. It is a digital board that sounds warm. Just be sure to use your gains and faders correctly, any clipping is major bad! The effects, gates, limiters, eqs and more are very, very good and sound as good as, if not better than any outboard gear.

The fat channel is where everything happens! The included Capture software is great and allows you to record all 16 tracks live with the push of one button. I suggest the 16 channel (especially for the price). If you need more channels than that, you can daisy chain up to 4 of these together using firewire, giving you 64 tracks (and additional gates, eqs, etc.). Awesome!

Ease of Use
In the digital world on this board ... everything must be assigned. Think of it as a road map. You plug in a guitar to the board, you assign it to channel 1, then you assign channel 1 to your choice of sub (1-4), then you assign the sub to the main output. You then can assign channel 1 to any of the aux. Same goes for effects and the fat channel. If you remember that you must assign everything ... you are 90% home free! Great Product!

I have had no problems with any of my Presonus gear and don't expect any from read more this product either. It is a mixing board ... and if you travel with it, it does need a sturdy protective case.

Worth the selling price for the 16 Channel. The 24 Channel could be priced a little less.

Manufacturer Support
Firewire can be tricky ... just make sure you are using a computer with the TI chipset and 400 firewire compatable. If you have questions, log in to Presonus website, forum, and they will help. I called them 6 times, never waited more than about a minute, always got a REAL PERSON on the phone, and they are incredibly knowlegeable.

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