Based on the StudioLive AI-series engine and controlled with UC Surface software for Mac, Windows, and iOS, the new PreSonus StudioLive RM16AI and RM32AI 32x16x3 rack-mount Active Integration digital mixers are scalable, compact, and recallable.
New UC Surface control software was specifically designed to be an interface for live mixing but is also suited for a studio environment. The layout of the mixing features provides quick, intuitive access to key parameters.
The 3U rack-mount RM16AI provides 16 locking XLR inputs with recallable XMAX Class A preamps, 8 XLR line outs, and 3 main outs (left, right, and mono/center), 32 internal channels and 25 buses, a 52x34 FireWire 800 recording interface, 96 kHz operation, and extensive signal processing.
The 4U rack-mount RM32AI offers 32 inputs with recallable XMAX preamps and 16 line outputs but otherwise has the same features as the 16-input version. Both mixers offer individual 48-volt phantom power on all inputs, and a 48-volt meters button displays phantom-power assignment on the input meter grid.
The RM-series mixers’ Active Integration technology includes direct Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking and integrated Capture recording software with Virtual Soundcheck mode and Studio One Artist DAW for Mac and Windows.
Fat Channel signal processing is provided on all input channels and all buses, including a 4-band parametric EQ, compressor, gate, limiter, and more. However, unlike StudioLive AI mixers, the RM series’ recallable XMAX preamps mean that every parameter on the mixer can be saved and recalled.
The front panel provides input signal-present and clip LEDs (16 for the RM16AI, 32 for the RM32AI) and provides stereo RCA tape inputs, a headphone output with volume knob and source-select buttons, a mute all button that temporarily mutes all inputs and outputs, and a USB type-A jack that hosts the included Wi-Fi LAN adapter.
The rear panel contains an option slot that comes with two FireWire 800 ports, an Ethernet control port, and S/PDIF I/O. The slot also accepts the same option cards as the StudioLive AI-series digital mixers; with Dante, AVB, and Thunderbolt cards coming soon, StudioLive RM-series mixers can easily be updated to keep up with the latest networking technologies. Also on the rear are a power jack and switch, MIDI I/O, and a mirror of the line outputs on a DB25 connector for connecting to wireless in-ear systems.
In addition to UC Surface, the integrated software bundle includes PreSonus Capture live-recording software with true Virtual Soundcheck and Studio One Artist DAW. StudioLive RM-series mixers also work with PreSonus’ free QMix-AI aux-mix control software for iPhone/iPod touch, enabling musicians to control their own monitor mixes. An extensive library of tutorials and downloads completes the package.