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PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 Digital Mixer

16-channel digital mixer, XMAX preamps, feedback software, iPhone monitor mixing, iPad mix control, instant multitrack recording

PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2
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The Most Affordable, Powerful, Flexible, Easy-to-Use Digital Mixer on the Market!

The PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 digital mixer represents a huge opportunity for many small to mid-sized churches! The StudioLive 16.4.2 will allow churches to add the functional superiority of a digital mixer at a price they can afford! The product specialists here at CCI Solutions are very excited about the StudioLive 16.4.2 because of the specific benefits it will offer to the tech and worship teams at the church. The StudioLive 16.4.2 does more than any mixer has ever done in this price range and is our number one suggestion for those that are still mixing on a small to mid-sized analog mixer!

StudioLive 16.4.2 Video Review from CCI Solutions
Principal Consultant – Ronald L. Simonson, P.E.

5 Reasons to Buy the

PreSonus StudioLive


1) Save and Recall All



The StudioLive 16.4.2 digital mixer allows you to save your overall mix setup, so you're not starting over every service to create the right mix. Recall all the mixer parameters like volume and tone for every instrument and vocal. It's easy and takes only a few seconds. If you have more than one team or type of service, it's not a problem. Just save your mix setup with the appropriate name and you're ready for any service in a matter of seconds.

2) Powerful Digital Processing — Super Easy to Use!
Studio Live Fat Channel gives you the equivalent to a couple of racks of processing gear built into the mixer that you can access from one easy-to-reach location. Just hit a channel's select button and use the Fat Channel to dial in the sound you want. You get superb quality EQs, Compressor/Limiters, Digital Effects and more, ready to apply to each channel in the simplest manner possible!

3) Save and Recall Individual Channel Settings!
The Studio Live 16.4.2 also lets you save all the EQ, compression and effects on a channel as a channel preset. Say you have a vocalist that is significantly quieter and thinner sounding than the other lead vocalists. Using the Fat Channel to quickly access the parameters for EQ, and compression you can get that persons sound to blend in the way you want and then save it as a preset using their name so it's easy to find when needed. The StudioLive digital mixer comes with a full list of channel presets to get you started right out of the box.

4) Record Stereo or 16 Tracks at the Touch of a Button!
The Studio Live 16.4.2 has the ability to capture your live performances easier than any system we've seen. Using the PreSonus Capture software that comes with the StudioLive you can easily connect to any Mac or PC and record 16 individual channels and/or the main mix. This allows you to record the sermon right to a two-track wave file ready to burn. Record the worship team and supply them with copies of versions of the songs for personal and group practice. This is great for the worship team and choir. When a new person joins the worship team or choir give them a CD or disc of MP3's so they know your arrangements and style. You can keep a 16 channel recording handy to playback for virtual sound checks and as a tool to train new sound-techs. We can't say enough about how the features of this mixer line up with the issues many churches face in modern worship with a mix of experienced and inexperienced volunteers at the controls. The StudioLive is a solution that is not layered in hard to learn technical terms that are buried deep within a labyrinth of menu selections.

5) Flat-out Awesome Sound!

Presonus Studio Live

sounds awesome! It should considering that it is loaded with sixteen high-headroom XMAX microphone preamplifiers, built in 32X18 Firewire recording and playback engine, "Fat-Channel" processing with 4-band EQ's, compressors, limiters and gates, DSP effects, 6 aux busses, 4 sub-groups, extensive LED metering, mixer save and recall, channel-strip save/recall/copy/paste, talkback, and more. We found the Fat-Channel to be one of the most innovative features we have seen on a digital console regardless of the price range. Most experienced engineers will tell you that most digital mixers take a long time to get used to. Primarily due to the time it takes to page through the many menus to find the one thing you need to change NOW! Not so with the StudioLive 16.4.2,. Just select the channel and all the parameters are right in front of you just like an analog mixer, thanks to the Fat-Channel. There are many other outstanding features you're going to want to know about.

Get the best price and the right answers from the PreSonus StudioLive Sales-Techs at CCI Solutions!
Specifications for the PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2

New drivers released - now link up to 4 StudioLive mixers together.
Visit the PreSonus website for more information or to download the drivers

Loaded with Racks of Effects

StudioLive is loaded with everything needed for professional live sound production totaling 28 compressors, 28 limiters, 28 gates, 28 high pass filters, 2 stereo reverb/delays, 2 master stereo limiters and more, saving you loads of money and trips from the trailer during load in/out. All StudioLive digital effects are created and processed with 32-bit floating point precision for maximum sonic performance and enhanced musicality.


StudioLive seamlessly integrates a professional digital mixer with a complete multi-channel recording system delivering the most creative environment available for both live performance and studio music production. Take your recording studio to the gig, and have your soundman record and even enhance your shows with the power of StudioLive.

Get creative in the studio. Record with or without Fat Channel or DSP effects processing. Create mixes, loops, sound effects and more, then bring them out to your show and mix them with the live performance. Process channels using your favorite plug-ins, and completely automate your entire show using your favorite music recording and production software. StudioLive completely revolutionizes music production opening endless creative possibilities.

Powerful and Easy Digital Mixing

StudioLive features an innovative and intuitive "QuickTouch" design allowing fast access to every parameter, mix, effect, and aux, allowing quick and creative control during music production. Load and save functions are also included to create snapshots of channel settings, save effect settings, totally recalling a mix, and more. All digital mixing and effects processing is done with 32-bit floating point precision for unmatched musicality.

Fat Channel (EQ, Compressor, Limiter, Gate, on every channel)

The heart of StudioLive is the "Fat Channel" engaged by pressing any 'select' button, and features extensive equalization and dynamics available to every input channel, every aux output, every subgroup output, and main output. High pass filter, and four-band semi-parametric equalization algorithms are based on PreSonus' custom-designed digital EyeQ© equalizer, delivering extremely musical results. Also included in the Fat Channel are compressors, limiters and gates modeled after PreSonus award-winning ACP88 for complete dynamics control.

DSP Effects

Two programmable 32-bit stereo DSP effects engines are loaded in StudioLive with a wide range of reverbs, delays, and time-based effects with easy to use parameter adjustment, tap tempo, store, recall, and scene selection for ultimate creative flexibility.

Load and Save Your Settings

StudioLive allows you to save all of your digital settings for quick setup and recall. Save 'scenes' (all settings) including fader levels with LED position matching, channel strips (Fat Channel), and individual DSP effects for ultimate ease, quickness and control.

Professional Sound Quality

StudioLive spares no expense when it comes to sound quality. All digital mixing is done with ultra high headroom 32-bit floating point processing for optimal sonic performance. Analog input and output is converted to digital audio with the highest-quality digital converters available delivering dynamic range of +118dB for spectacular sonic results and unmatched musicality.

Built-in 32x18 FireWire Recording

StudioLive includes PreSonus' award-winning FireWire technology with JetPLL® synchronization delivering 32 channels of recording and 18 channels of simultaneous playback. Each FireWire recording channel can be set to record either pre or post Fat-Channel signal processing giving total flexibility and power. StudioLive can also return 18 FireWire playback channels from your recording and production software for remixing and live performance with pre-recorded tracks, as well as studio mixing using the mixer's internal signal processing and summing algorithms. StudioLive is compatible with Mac and Windows audio recording and production software including Logic, Nuendo, Cubase, Sonar, Digital Performer, Audition and more.

Integrated Multi-Track Recording Software- CAPTURE

CAPTUREStudioLive 16.4.2 also ships complete with CAPTURE multi-track recording software so you can effortlessly record your shows right out of the box. CAPTURE software was designed to interface with StudioLive 16.4.2 perfectly to allow instant setup and recording of performances. With the look and feel of industry standard digital multi-track hard disk recorders, CAPTURE software is instantly familiar to every musician and engineer. StudioLive HDR software gives you full editing capability as well as export to wave file formats for compatibility with ProTools, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic, Sonar and all other recording and music production software. Or you can play back your recorded tracks into StudioLive 16.4.2 via FireWire and mix your tracks with the mixing power and capabilities of StudioLive 16.4.2, then record the final mix back to CAPTURE! Now that's power!

XMAX Class A Preamplifiers

StudioLive includes sixteen custom-designed high-voltage, discrete, XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers for all types of microphones.The job of a microphone preamplifier is to boost microphone level signals to line level so that the signal can be converted from analog to digital. This mic to line boost is generally a preamplification of over 400 times the voltage of the original mic level signal. This preamplification stage is one of the most important stages that the signal will go through before converted to digital, and is why a high performance preamplifier is important to achieving great results.

All XMAX preamplifiers are built with the same three elements:
  • High Voltage - The XMAX preamplifier runs on power rails of 30V. Most off the shelf op amp based designs run on power rails of 10V to 18V. Higher voltage power rails deliver more headroom, deeper lows, smoother highs and an overall fuller sound.
  • Discrete - No op amps. Only transistors, resistors and capacitors. Op amps add noise, coloration and harshness to a signal. Discrete designs deliver ultra low noise and transparency.
  • Class A - When a circuit is running in Class A mode the circuit is always in an "on" state operating at its optimal voltage requirements. Class A mode has zero crossover distortion and delivers purer, clearer and more musical sonics than class A/B designs which are found in most op-amp circuits.
The net result of the XMAX preamp design is high headroom, low noise, wide dynamic range and wide frequency range, and most importantly, musicality and transparency - smooth highs, solid deep lows, and everything in between.
Length 22.36 in. (568.06mm)
Width (chassis only) 17.22 in. (437.40mm)
Width (with rack ears) 19 in. (482.60mm)
Maximum Height 6.90 in.

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We've added technical materials to help with your buying decision. Even if you're technically inclined, you may want to consider talking to our sales techs to make sure this item is the right fit for your particular use. Remember to ask for the lowest available price.

Studio Live 16.4.2 Specifications (specs)

Studio Live 16.4.2Users Manual

Studio Live 16.4.2 Technical Line Drawing

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