PreSonus in Baton Rouge, La., is shipping its new StudioLive AI-Series Active Integration Loudspeakers, which are designed to deliver studio-monitor accuracy onstage. The new line includes the full-range StudioLive 312AI ($1,399.95, MAP/street price), 315AI ($1,599.95), 328AI ($1,499.95) and the StudioLive 18sAI ($1,299.95) subwoofer.
The StudioLive AI’s design uses Active Integration technology, combining wireless and wired networking and communications with DSP to create a unified working environment.
StudioLive AI-Series speakers incorporate Fulcrum Acoustics’ TQ Temporal Equalization algorithms. Taking advantage of Active Integration’s ample DSP, TQ employs multiple, fully addressable Finite Impulse Response (FIR) filters to eliminate horn reflections and to correct linear time and amplitude anomalies in coaxial systems. Collaborating with Fulcrum Acoustics’ co-founder, Dave Gunness, PreSonus software designers incorporated custom TQ algorithms with dynamics processing, FFT tools, and performance monitoring into the onboard DSP, promising a P.A. system with remarkably clear, coherent, studio-quality sound.
Each full-range, powered 3-way loudspeaker relies on a custom-designed, CoActual 8-inch coaxial speaker with a 1.75-inch titanium compression driver to reproduce the midrange and high frequencies. Tri-amplified Class-D power amplifiers in each model deliver a combined 2,000 watts of power.
The StudioLive 312AI is equipped with a 12-inch ferrite speaker to handle low-frequency reproduction, while the 315AI employs a 15-inch woofer, and the StudioLive 328AI features dual 8-inch ferrite speakers, enabling it to deliver high-powered performance in a noticeably streamlined and compact enclosure.
Each full-range system has a combo XLR/TRS line input and an XLR microphone input with an XMAX Class-A mic preamplifier and 12-volt phantom power, as well as an XLR audio throughput. The full-range speaker systems are pole-mountable and have ergonomic side handles, interlocking stacking and M10 fly points. All enclosures are made of lightweight plywood construction.
Three operation modes allow the user to choose DSP presets for their application, such as MP3 playback, live performance, or stage monitoring. Users can also create a custom preset using SL Room Control and store it onboard for use later.
In addition to the full-range, 3-way systems, PreSonus is offering the StudioLive 18sAI, a powered, 18-inch, ferrite subwoofer designed to complement the full-range StudioLive AI speakers while still being flexible enough to work with other powered loudspeakers. A 1,000W amplifier powers the subwoofer. The StudioLive 18sAI offers stereo line inputs (XLR / ¼-inch combo) and full-range stereo line outputs (XLR) with a switchable, low-cut crossover.
All StudioLive AI-series loudspeakers include an Ethernet port and a USB port with a Wi-Fi module to connect to SL Room Control software over a wireless network. Expected to be available in Spring 2014, SL Room Control is a speaker-management application for Mac OS X, Windows, and iPad that provides both individual and grouped speaker control and includes a 31-band graphic EQ and an 8-band parametric EQ, muting, soloing, and level control, in addition to performance monitoring (over temperature, click detection and excursions). A network-setup wizard will be included.
Custom accessories for the AI-series speakers include a mountable Sub Dolly to make hauling the 18sAI subwoofer easy and a pull-tested Sub Pole to mount a full-range system atop the 18sAI. An M10 Kit, which contains four M10 eyebolts, lets you fly any full-range model in a permanent installation. Protective covers for the 312AI, 328AI, 315AI, and 18sAI are also available.
For more information, visit www.presonus.com/products/live-sound-reinforcement.