A PreSonus digital mixing solution that provides up to 64-channels, multitrack recording, networked remote control, and more will be available thanks to an upcoming firmware upgrade for all StudioLive AI-series Active Integration digital mixers. Start with 16, 24, or 32 channels, then cascade a second mixer of any frame size to create custom-sized mixing consoles.
Cascading mixers functionally creates a single large-format console with full recording and remote-control capability by simply connecting a FireWire 800 cable between the two mixers. For example, combine two StudioLive 32.4.2AI to get a 64-channel system with 32 mix buses that can record 80 simultaneous streams and play back 66 on any FireWire 800- or Thunderbolt-equipped computer.
Cascading mixers of different frame sizes is great for special events that require a few extra recording channels that don't need to be in every monitor mix. For example, a StudioLive 16.4.2AI can be cascaded to a 32.4.2AI and form a single 48-channel console with six global aux buses, as well as eight local aux sends that are available to the channels on the 32.4.2AI.
This firmware upgrade will be available to all registered StudioLive AI mixers owners as a free download from their My PreSonus accounts later this summer.
The update does not change the computer system requirements for StudioLive AI mixers and software. Current versions of Capture 2.1, SL Remote-AI, QMix-AI, and VSL-AI are fully compatible with this firmware release.