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PreSonus Announces Studio 192 Audio Interface

PreSonus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, announces the Studio 192 USB 3 Audio Interface and Studio Command Center ($1,199.95 MSRP). The new 26×32 interface records at up to 192 kHz and combines eight digitally controlled XMAX Class-A solid-state mic preamps and premium Burr-Brown A/D/A converters, offering 118 dB of dynamic range, with StudioLive Fat Channel signal processing.

The Studio 192 has two front panel mic/instrument inputs and six rear panel mic/line inputs; 16-channel ADAT Optical In and Out (eight channels at 88.1 or 96 kHz); coaxial, stereo S/PDIF I/O; and BNC word-clock I/O. It has eight balanced TRS outputs, balanced stereo Main outputs, and two headphone amplifiers with independent outputs and level controls.

The Studio 192 can serve as a studio’s command center—a comprehensive solution for advanced studio recording and monitoring—by managing speaker switching and talkback, with onboard condenser microphone, and featuring main mix Mute, Mono and Dim.

PreSonus’ UC Surface touch-ready control software for Mac, Windows and iPad is included, for managing all Studio 192 functions and creating eight stereo monitor mixes with full Fat Channel processing on every analog input, plus reverb and delay.

Users of PreSonus’ Studio One DAW will find full preamp control and zero-latency monitor-mix functions integrated into their recording environment. Studio One’s exclusive hybrid Fat Channel plug-in runs on the computer’s processor and seamlessly switches to the Studio 192 DSP. This allows users to monitor with Fat Channel EQ and dynamics while switching between playback and recording with no audible change.

Introduced in StudioLive RM Series rackmount digital mixers, PreSonus’ remote-controllable XMAX solid-state preamps use the same analog circuitry as in StudioLive AI consoles, while adding a separate digital volume-control circuit for digital recall, reportedly without affecting the sound quality. Users can control them remotely from the Studio 192 front panel, UC Surface control software, Studio One DAW or any third-party DAW by setting up a Studio 192 as a standard MIDI device, which allows users to store preamp settings with each session.

The Studio 192 is designed to be the central hub for a studio. Mixes and the onboard talkback mic can be routed to any output, including the two headphone outputs. The outputs can be used for monitor mixing or for speaker switching. Onboard Dim/Mute and Mono options offer control of a Main mix.

The Studio 192 is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2015.

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