PreSonus announces its new series of StudioLive AI hardware/software digital mixing and recording systems, each with Active Integration technology. The series comprises three models: the 32-channel StudioLive 32.4.2AI ($3,999.95 MAP/street price), with 24 dedicated mix buses; 24-channel StudioLive 24.4.2AI ($2,999.95 MAP/street price), with 20 dedicated mix buses; and 16-channel StudioLive 16.4.2AI ($1,999.95 MAP/street price), with 16 dedicated mix buses.
StudioLive AI Series mixers retain the same surface-driven functionality offered in previous StudioLive mixers, while adding more processing power, enhanced workflow features, and Active Integration technology.
Sound quality is provided by premium Burr-Brown AD/DA converters and new DSP architecture based on the 64-bit Studio One audio engine. The mixers offer an onboard FireWire s800 interface; a tightly integrated software suite for Mac, Windows, and iOS; and direct Wi-Fi and LAN communication. They promise robust DSP performance, fast and intuitive workflow to create a streamlined working environment for both live and studio use.
Redesigned from the ground up, these mixers provide analog workflow with extensive dual signal processing on every channel and bus and actively integrated software. All signal processing—including Fat Channel processing, reverb and delay effects, and graphic EQs—is available on all channels and buses at all times. Configurable networking and communications option cards promise compatibility with new technologies.
PreSonus Active Integration (AI) is a complete, networked, tightly integrated hardware/software ecosystem in which every touch point in the system communicates to enhance the user experience and solve practical problems in ways not previously possible.
In StudioLive AI-series digital mixers, Active Integration technology provides wireless or wired (Ethernet) remote control over nearly every feature, thanks to tight integration with the newly redesigned PreSonus StudioLive AI Software Library for Mac, Windows, and iOS, which is included free with StudioLive AI-series mixers. The new mixers sport a FireWire s800 interface and an Ethernet control port on an upgradeable card that can be swapped for optional Dante, AVB, or Thunderbolt.
Thanks to Active Integration, StudioLive AI-series digital mixers deliver an extended feature set, including twice as many internal effects buses as first-generation StudioLive mixers (two reverbs and two delays on dedicated buses), the ability to create two complete sets of parametric EQ and dynamics-processor settings for each channel and bus and make quick A/B comparisons at the touch of a button, and more.
The StudioLive AI Software Library has been redesigned for the Active Integration platform and includes the latest versions of PreSonus' tightly integrated software bundle for Mac and Windows: Capture Version 2.1 multitrack-recording software, Studio One Artist V. 2.6 DAW, and Virtual StudioLive-AI editor/librarian/control software with Rational Acoustics' Smaart Measurement Technology.
In addition, StudioLive Remote-AI control software for iPad and QMix-AI aux-mix control for iPhone/iPod touch will be available free from the Apple App Store.
All of these applications are designed to communicate with each other and with the mixer. For example, channel names entered in SL Remote-AI are broadcast throughout the network (including Capture), so users only have to name a channel once. Users can name channels from anywhere, including the StudioLive AI mixer.