PreSonus StudioLive AI 16.4.2Digital mixing: the next generation
With a powerful user interface, unrivaled sound quality, amazing DSP
performance, direct Wi-Fi and LAN communication, fast and intuitive
workflow, onboard FireWire s800 interface, and tightly integrated
software suite for Mac®, Windows®, and iOS®, StudioLive™ AI-series
digital mixers create a streamlined working environment for both live
and studio use.
Redesigned from the ground up, these state-of-the-art mixers provide
analog workflow with extensive dual signal processing on every channel
and bus and actively integrated software that solves real-world problems
and lets you record and distribute what you mix. Configurable
networking and communications option cards ensure your investment won’t
be outdated as new technologies emerge.
In short, StudioLive AI-series mixers deliver the very best in digital
mixing and recording technology and make it all incredibly intuitive and
easy to learn and use.
The future is Active Integration™
StudioLive AI-series mixers start with all the strengths that made the
first generation of StudioLive mixers famous: powerful, surface-driven
interface; loads of DSP processing and analog I/O; and layerless mixing,
thanks to dedicated mix buses. Then they push the technology to the
next level. So while the three StudioLive AI-series mixers — the
StudioLive 32.4.2AI, 24.4.2AI, and 16.4.2AI —look and feel much like
their non-AI counterparts, they have been reengineered from the ground
up with far more capabilities and computing power.
The difference is Active Integration™ (AI), a complete, networked,
tightly integrated hardware/software ecosystem in which every touch
point in the system communicates to enhance the user experience and
solve practical problems in ways not previously possible.
Actively integrated software.
PreSonus StudioLive AI-series mixers are tightly integrated with an
entire suite of free, state-of-the-art software that helps you mix and
record better and have more fun doing it. No other digital mixer
anywhere near this price class comes close with respect to software
integration and features. In fact, most digital mixers in much higher
price classes don’t come close.
Wi-Fi and wired networking.
PreSonus StudioLive™ AI-series digital mixers’ Active Integration™
technology includes powerful real-time, direct, wired and Wi-Fi remote
control over a variety of features, using free Mac®, Windows®, and iOS®
software. And unlike previous StudioLive mixers, you don’t need to have a
Mac or PC attached to have wireless control!
A gigantic console in a small package.
If a StudioLive AI mixer were an analog console, it would have
4-foot-long channel strips packed with knobs and buttons or it would
require a massive outboard rack of expensive signal processors!
That's because each channel and bus has its own studio-grade compressor,
limiter, gate/expander, and 4-band parametric equalizer. Each input
channel, aux and FX bus also has a highpass filter, and input channels
have polarity invert.
It all fits into one remarkable processing and routing section known as the Fat Channel.
Effects you'd expect from a $600 stand-alone processor. Or two.
You get four programmable, 32-bit, stereo DSP effects engines—two of
them loaded with reverbs and two armed with delay effects that you can
really use. Each stereo processor has its own dedicated internal FX bus,
and you can use all four all of the time without compromising other
The reverbs are so rich and detailed that you feel like you're there.
Delays are precise. Slap echo sounds like old-school tape effects. And
all 50 preset effects have easy-to-use parameter adjustments, tap tempo,
store, recall, and Scene selection for ultimate creative flexibility.
Plentiful graphic EQ.
With StudioLive AI-series mixers, you get graphic EQ on every aux bus
and on the mains—all at the same time, without compromising other
resources. In addition, each graphic EQ has an A/B option, so you can,
for example, boost the bass for a rock band and then switch over to a
“smiley face” for intermission program music.
Connect to VSL-AI over a FireWire connection, and you can use the Smaart
Spectra™ Spectrograph and RTA and StudioLive EQs to quickly kill
feedback building up in floor wedges before the musicians even notice
A wealth of dedicated analog I/O.
View the rear of a StudioLive AI-series mixer, and you’ll see a familiar
jackfield, with individual XLR mic and ¼” line inputs and TRS insert
points on every channel, along with a wealth of other dedicated inputs
and outputs. Every input channel and bus send has its own dedicated
jack—no sharing, no compromises.
Inside, it's pure PreSonus.
Getting a great-sounding mix depends partly on your skill (assisted by
StudioLive’s ease of use, features, and integrated software) and partly
how good the mixer’s microphone preamps and converters are, how clean
the signal path is, and how well the algorithms perform.
That's why you should choose a digital mixer made by PreSonus, a company
already famous for its analog mic preamps, pristine digital interfaces,
and well-regarded signal processors. And because StudioLive AI mixers
were redesigned from the ground up, they sound even better than their
The StudioLive’s XMAX™ Class A preamplifiers deliver more headroom,
deeper lows, smoother highs, and a richer overall sound than the preamps
found in competing mixers. High-headroom, 32-bit floating-point
processing is used for all digital mixing. The high-end
Burr-Brown digital converters on every input and output are state-of-the
art, with 118 dB dynamic range.
The StudioLive AI mixer’s synchronization to your computer is stable and
robust, thanks to JetPLL™ synchronization technology, resulting in
great stereo separation and clear, transparent audio.
Complete store and recall—instantly.
The StudioLive 32.4.2AI makes saving and recalling scenes even faster
and more convenient with six user-assignable Quick Scene buttons. We
added Quick Scenes to VSL-AI for StudioLive 24.4.2AI and 16.4.2AI users
too; with Active Integration, StudioLive AI-series mixers aren’t limited
to how many buttons will fit on the control surface.