Once again, the Presonus StudioLive 24 has proved how great a digital mixer it is for Live Sound Mixing. I just got back from setting up a portable system for a long time friend who is a church music director. I recommended the Presonus Studiolive 24 to him as a great choice for the new multi-site service location at the Edmonds Conference Center.
Building on the Presonus StudioLive 16, which has been one of the most popular digital mixers in history, the Studiolive 24.4.2 not only adds an additional eight channels, but it also adds lots of additional processing and flexibility. One of the first features I found really useful were the 3 extra dual 31-band graphic EQ’s. The Studiolive 16 has one dual 31-band graphic EQ which is on the main outs only. The Studiolive 24 has four dual channel 31-band EQ’s which can be assigned to the mains or aux busses!
It was easy to assign the first EQ to the mains and then the other three dual channel EQ’s to the aux busses for wedge EQ. Once assigned, ringing out the house system was quick and easy. The house system came with the building and had a few problems with peaks at several frequency bands. 20 minutes with the dual band EQ’s and we had a flat system to start working with.
On stage wedge monitors always need some low frequency tapering. We could have easily done most of that with the standard 4-band parametric EQ’s that are included with the Studiolive 24 on each aux output. The addition of the 31-band EQ’s allowed us to provide even more precise tuning since a pair of wedges was being used for the choir.
The Studiolive 24 also provides more aux buses to work with than the Studiolive 16. The Studiolive 16 has 6 buses and the Studiolive 24 has a total of 10 aux buses. It’s easy to imagine stereo in-ears being used with the Studiolive 24 due to the number of busses AND the full 4-band parametric EQ on each of those busses.
Quickly adjusting EQ, compression and limiting on each input channel was easy with the FatChannel. Same for setting up the aux mixes since a simple press of one of the buttons assigns all 24 encoder buttons as aux sends for each channel. Levels are indicated on the LED ladders directly above each encoder.
All said, it’s pretty easy for someone who has mixed on an analog mixer for years to make the transition to a digital mixer with either the Presonus Studiolive 16 or Studiolive 24. If you can afford the extra $1400, the Studiolive 24 is clearly the choice for larger worship teams due to the increased number of aux sends plus the extra assignable 31-band EQ’s. And, don’t forget full laptop computer operation with Presonus VSL software that also gives you the ability to add iPad control!
To find our more about using the Presonus Studiolive 24 in live sound mixing, simply visit www.ccisolutions.com or call one of the worship technology experts at CCI Solutions!