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PreSonus Delivers StudioLive Series III Rack Mixers

Three new models offer remote-controlled XMAX preamps to serve as AVB stage boxes, combination stage boxes and monitor mixers, or standalone mixers.

By PSW Staff September 26, 2017

StudioLive 32R from PreSonus

The perfect partners for StudioLive Series III console/recorders, the new StudioLive Series III rack mixers from PreSonus can serve as simple AVB stage boxes, combination stage boxes and monitor mixers, or standalone mixers.

The result of ten years of R&D, the third-generation StudioLive 32R and StudioLive 24R fit in just two rackspaces (2U), while the StudioLive 16R squeezes into one rackspace (1U). All three models are fully recallable, including remote-controlled XMAX preamps.

Since StudioLive Series III rack mixers and consoles can network using AVB, users can connect a StudioLive Series III rack mixer to a Series III front of house console with one lightweight CAT5e or CAT6 Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for a heavy, expensive copper snake. Users can remote control a Series III rack mixer’s preamps and phantom power from networked Series III consoles. In stage box + monitor mixer mode, the new rack mixers not only serve as networked stage boxes but as full blown mixers.

StudioLive Series III rack mixers deliver true studio quality sound with a plugin-style workflow that features vintage-style EQ and compression options on every channel, from classic tube limiters to passive EQs. These offerings were meticulously created in-house with state space modeling circuit emulation technology to match the sounds of real analog outboard gear.

Scenes can also be extensively customized, including a Scene Safe feature that prevents a scene change from altering the settings on designated “safe” channels. Similarly, Fat Channel presets have, for practical purposes, become like scenes for individual channels, not only saving input and Fat Channel settings but also aux send and bus assignments.

The two larger models each have 26 mix buses, including 16 FlexMixes, 4 dedicated subgroups, 4 internal effects buses/processors, and the stereo main mix bus. The StudioLive 16R has 6 FlexMixes, 2 effects buses, and the stereo main bus for a total of 10 mix buses. The StudioLive 32R and 24R have 24 filter DCAs for easily controlling groups of channels; the smaller rack mixer offers 8 filter DCAs.

An AVB Ethernet connection enables users to network compatible computers and stream up to 55 (StudioLive 32R and 24R) or 32 (StudioLive 16R) channels of audio to and from a Mac or Windows PC. Users also get 40×40 (StudioLive 32R and 24R) or 18×18 (StudioLive 16R) recording via USB 2.0, giving a choice of computer recording methods. To top it off, with any Series III rack mixer, users can capture the main L/R mix directly to an onboard SD card recorder—no computer needed. A separate 1 Gb Ethernet port can connect to a wireless router or directly to a computer for remote control of all features via a wired or wireless connection.

PreSonus StudioLive Series III rack mixers are tightly integrated with an entire suite of software. Mix wirelessly or over a wired network from anywhere using free UC surface touch-control software for Mac, Windows, Android tablet, and iPad. Completely automate virtual soundchecks and record shows with Capture for Mac and Windows (included)—or record with PreSonus’ easy-to-use Studio One Artist DAW (included) or with any software that supports ASIO or Core Audio. Musicians can control their monitor mixes onstage with free QMix-UC for iPhone, iPod touch, and Android devices.

With Studio One Artist, users can remote control any StudioLive Series III rack mixer’s recallable XMAX preamps and Fat Channel processing for low-latency recording with effects. To further enhance productions, users also get the Studio Magic Plug-in Suite for Mac and Windows, which includes seven popular plugins in VST, AU, and AAX formats.

All three StudioLive Series III rack mixers are expected to be available in October 2017, with U.S. MAP prices of: StudioLive 32R $1,399.95 ; StudioLive 24R $1,099.95; and StudioLive 16R $799.95.


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