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PreSonus StudioLive RML Series Rack-Mount Digital Mixers Add Line Inputs

PreSonus RML32AI mixer

PreSonus in Baton Rouge, La., has released two new StudioLive RML Series models—StudioLive RML16AI and RML32AI mixers (prices TBA)—that offer line-level inputs, in addition to the XLR mic inputs found in the RM Series. Otherwise, the new RML Series and the RM Series mixers are identical, with the same recallable XMAX preamps and up to 96kHz operation.

Designed for live-sound mixing and studio recording, StudioLive RML16AI and RML32AI mixers provide 32 internal channels and 25 buses, a 52×34 FireWire 800 recording interface, AVB Ethernet networking, and Fat Channel signal processing on all input channels and all buses, including a 4-band parametric EQ, compressor, gate and limiter.

Users can control StudioLive RML mixers with UC Surface touch-control software for Mac, Windows, and iPad, and with the StudioLive CS18AI AVB control surface, which provides motorized faders. Users can also combine hardware and software control to meet their individual needs.

PreSonus RML32AI mixer back panel

Using AVB Ethernet networking, users can cascade any two StudioLive RML and RM mixers to create larger mixing systems. Combine a 16-input mixer with a 32-input mixer for a 48-channel mixing system or two 32-input mixers for a 64-channel system. Both mixers in the expanded systems can be controlled from a StudioLive CS18AI, from UC Surface, and from Studio One. 

A Stage Box mode lets you use StudioLive RML mixers as remote I/O devices in conjunction with StudioLive AI-series consoles. You can use the RML as simple I/O, bypassing the internal mixer, or as a monitor mixer and remote I/O.

PreSonus RML16AI mixer

In addition to UC Surface touch control software, these rack-mount mixers come with tightly integrated Capture recording software for Mac and Windows, with true Virtual Soundcheck mode; and Studio One 3 Artist DAW for Mac and Windows. PreSonus’ free QMix-AI aux-mix control software for iPhone/iPod touch enables musicians to control their own monitor mixes.

With a remote stage-box form factor, these mixers are built to withstand road abuse. The 3U rack-mount RML16AI provides eight locking XLR mic inputs and eight combo locking XLR mic-¼-inch TRS line inputs, each with a recallable XMAX Class-A preamp, as well as eight XLR line outs and three main outs (left, right, and mono/center). Similarly, the 4U rack-mount RML32AI offers 24 locking XLR mic inputs and eight combo locking XLR mic-¼” TRS line inputs, 16 XLR line outs, and three main outs.

Other features include front panel input signal-present and clip LEDs for monitoring levels and rear panel mirror of the line outputs on a DB-25 connector—perfect for connecting to wireless in-ear systems. The rear panel contains an option slot that comes with two FireWire 800 ports, an AVB Ethernet networking port, and S/PDIF I/O. Alternatively, the slot can accept an optional Dante card.

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