Anaheim, CA (January 20, 2017)—PreSonus has shipped the new StudioLive Series III digital console/recorders, launching with two models: the StudioLive 16 and StudioLive 32.
The StudioLive 16 sports 17 touch-sensitive, motorized faders, 24 inputs and 17 recallable XMAX preamps, while the StudioLive 32 has 33 touch-sensitive, motorized faders, 40 inputs and 33 recallable XMAX preamps.
The consoles have PreSonus Capture multitrack recording software with virtual soundcheck installed, able to record up to 34 tracks to an onboard SD recorder. The resulting session can then be opened in Studio One for Mac and Windows (included), carrying over fader levels and settings from the Fat Channel processing section—which now has a plug-in-style workflow offering EQ and compression options on every channel. In addition to channel processing, StudioLive Series III consoles offer 6-band, fully parametric EQ on all mix outputs.
As with earlier models, users can decide which settings will be recalled in a global StudioLive scene change, but a new feature, Scene Safe, ensures that a scene change won’t alter the settings on designated “safe” channels. Similarly, Fat Channel presets are something akin to scenes for individual channels, not only saving input and Fat Channel settings but also aux send and bus assignments.
The desks’ 16 FlexMixes can be individually designated as aux, subgroup or matrix mixes. They are in addition to four fixed subgroups giving users a total of 20 mix buses, not counting the main mix, effects mixes, and solo buses. An AVB Ethernet connection enables users to network compatible computers and stream up to 55 channels of audio to and from a Mac or Windows PC. AVB networked solutions, including stageboxes, personal monitor mixers, and increased third-party AVB interoperability, will come later this year.
StudioLive 32, currently available, runs $2,999.95; the StudioLive 16 will ship later this quarter with an expected price of $1,999.95.