PreSonus has launched its third-generation StudioLive Series III digital console/recorders with two new models.
The 16-channel StudioLive 16 has 17 touch-sensitive, motorised faders and 17 recallable XMAX preamps while the StudioLive 32 makes use of 33 faders and 33 recallable XMAX preamps.
The new 24 and 40-input consoles improve on ease of use while letting users customise workflow and operations to fit the way they work.
PreSonus Capture multitrack recording software with virtual soundcheck is installed directly into StudioLive Series III consoles. With just one touch, Capture records up to 34 tracks to the StudioLive’s onboard SD recorder. When finished recording, Capture sessions can be opened in Studio One for Mac and Windows (included), and the entire mix scene will transfer to a Studio One session, including fader levels and Fat Channel settings.
The StudioLive Series III’s Fat Channel processing section has received a major overhaul, including a plug-in-style workflow that features vintage-style EQ and compression options on every channel, from classic tube limiters to passive EQs. In addition to channel processing, StudioLive Series III consoles offer 6-band, fully parametric EQ on all mix outputs.
User layers for the channel faders allow any channel or bus faders to be placed anywhere, and they’re easy to set up. Users can also customise Fat Channel layout, putting the parameters they care about most right at their fingertips, and there are several workflow options to personalise the mixing experience.
The consoles utilise 16 FlexMixes that can be individually designated as aux, subgroup, or matrix mixes. These 16 FlexMixes are in addition to the four fixed subgroups giving users a total of 20 mix buses, not counting the main mix, effects mixes, and solo buses.
An AVB Ethernet connection lets users network compatible computers and stream up to 55 channels of audio to and from a Mac or Windows PC (AVB networked solutions, including stageboxes, personal monitor mixers, and increased third-party AVB interoperability, are coming later in 2017.) There is also 38x38 recording via USB 2.0, meaning there is a choice of computer recording methods.
StudioLive 32 digital console/recorders are available immediately, with a US MAP price of $2,999.95. The StudioLive 16 will ship later in the first quarter of 2017 at an anticipated MAP price of $1,999.95.