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PreSonus RM16AI 32-channel Digital Rack-mount Mixer

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PreSonus RM16AI 32-channel Rack-mount Active Integration Digital Mixer

We offer two StudioLive RM16AI has 16 mic inputs and 8 Mix outputs and mounts in three rack spaces. Since this is a rack-mount mixer, it does not have a hardware mixing surface; all controls are provided in UC Surface software for Mac, Windows, and iPad.

Unlike the XMAX preamps in the StudioLive AI series, the XMAX preamps in the StudioLive RM series are recallable, and their settings can be saved with a mixer scene. However, the StudioLive RM-series preamps are true Class A, solid-state, analog XMAX, and they are sonically identical to the preamps in the StudioLive AI series, which are adjusted with an analog trim pot.

Like StudioLive AI-series mixers, StudioLive RM-series mixers are Active Integration products, with the same CPU, wireless and wired networking with Wi-Fi LAN adapter, FireWire 800 connectivity and recording, and other standard Active Integration features. They accept the same networking option cards as the StudioLive AI-series mixers.

StudioLive AI-series mixers, of course, have a complete, analog-like mixing surface with real faders, knobs, and buttons and a full set of LED meters. Almost all controls are also found in VSL-AI software for Mac and Windows and SL Remote for iPad.

More powerful touch control than the competition.
PreSonus UC Surface control software for Mac, Windows, and iPad was carefully designed for intuitive and quick performance in a live mixing environment (but also serves well in the studio). It lets you take advantage of large-format Windows 8 touch computers. And it gives you the big-mixer power of Filter DCAs.

The power of Active Integration
StudioLive RM-series mixers are based on Active Integration (AI), a complete, networked, tightly integrated hardware/software ecosystem in which every touch point in the system interacts to enhance the user experience and solve practical problems in ways not previously possible.

Actively integrated software.
PreSonus StudioLive RM-series mixers are tightly integrated with a suite of free, state-of-the-art software that helps you mix and record better and have more fun doing it. No other mixer near this price class offers comparable software.

Wi-Fi and wired networking plus built-in AVB.
PreSonus StudioLive RM-series digital mixers’ Active Integration technology includes powerful real-time, direct, wired and Wi-Fi remote control over a variety of features, using free Mac, Windows, and iOS software. Plus you can take advantage of industry-standard AVB and Dante protocols.

A gigantic console in a few rack spaces.
If a StudioLive RM mixer were an analog console, it would have 4-foot-long channel strips packed with knobs and buttons or it would require a massive outboard rack of expensive signal processors! Instead, all that processing fits in three (RM16AI) or four (RM32AI) rack spaces under software control.

Effects you'd expect from a $600 stand-alone processor. Or four.
Two 32-bit stereo effects engines on dedicated buses, loaded with reverbs so rich and detailed that you feel like you're there. Two more with delay effects that you can really use. Use all four without compromising other resources.

Dedicated I/O.
View the front of a StudioLive RM-series rack-mount mixer, and you’ll see a straightforward jackfield with XLR channel inputs, XLR mix outputs, and other important connections.

The sound is pure PreSonus.
Getting a great-sounding mix depends in part on how good the mixer’s components are and how well the algorithms perform. That’s especially true with RM Series analog (but digitally recallable) XMAX mic preamps.

Complete store and recall—instantly.
With UC Surface, it’s very quick and easy to save all of your StudioLive RM settings for quick setup and recall—unlike some digital mixers.

Safe, sane, and secure.
Powerful networking and wireless remote control is great—but what if someone tries to hack into your Wi-Fi system and take control of the show or that jokester bass player tries to use his iPhone to mess with the lead singer’s monitor mix?

Which StudioLive RM for You?
That depends on how many inputs and outputs you need. We currently make two models, the StudioLive RM16AI and RM32AI. The only differences are the number of channel inputs and Mix outputs, channel activity LEDs, and DB25 connectors that mirror the Mix outputs. Otherwise, the two models are identical.

PreSonus RM16AI Specifications
Mixing Surface  Software
Mixer Channels  32
Mic Inputs  16
Preamp Type  Recallable XMAX™ Class A
Line Inputs -
Analog Inserts -
Stereo Aux Inputs -
Tape Input  Yes
Tape Output -
Talkback Input -
Total Mix Buses  25
Main L/R Bus  Yes
Main Mono Bus  Yes
LCR Mode  Yes
Aux Mixes  16
Analog Aux Outputs  8 (XLR)
Direct Outputs -
Control Room Outputs -
Subgroups  Subgroup Assign mode for Aux  mixes coming in Q1 2015
Dual A/B Fat Channel on all Inputs and Outputs  Yes
FX Buses and Processors  4
GEQ  15
Mute Groups  8
Quick Scenes  8
Filter Groups  Yes
Digital IO  52x34
Cascading  Coming in Q1 2015
Option Cards  Dante and AVB coming Q2 2015
Bundled Software*  UC Surface, Capture™, Studio One® Artist, QMix™-AI
Integrates Smaart® Audio Analysis  Coming in Q1 2015
MAP/Street Price  $1,399.95


*UC Surface, QMix-AI, and SL Remote-AI are free downloads from the Apple App Store.

Computer system requirements:

Below are the minimum computer-system requirements for UC Surface.

Apple iPad

  • iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, iPad (3rd generation), or iPad 2
  • iOS 7.03 or later


  • Mac® OS X 10.8 64-bit or later
  • Intel® Core 2 Duo processor (Intel Core i3 or faster recommended)
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)


  • Windows® 7 x64/x86 SP1, Windows 8 x64/x86
  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor (Intel Core i3 or faster recommended)
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)

Mac and Windows Systems

  • Wired or wireless network connection
  • Internet connection
  • For Capture and Studio One:
    • FireWire S800 (IEEE 1394b) port
    • Internal or external 7200 RPM storage drive highly recommended
    • Monitor with 1280x800 resolution


Note that the speed of your processor, amount of RAM and size and speed of your hard drive will greatly affect the overall performance of your recording system. Also, a more powerful system (faster processor with more RAM) will allow for lower latency (signal delay) than you might experience while monitoring audio or MIDI signals. 

Additional items needed to get the most out of your StudioLive RM Mixer:

  • USB Thumb Drive (SanDisk brand recommended, 32GB or smaller required)
  • Additional Cat 5e or Cat 6 Ethernet Cable for Ethernet Setup
  • Wireless 2.4GHz Router (suggested wireless routers) 
  • Late 2012 or newer Apple Computers without 1394 Firewire ports will need Apple's Thunderbolt to 1394 adapter
  • Philips Head Screwdriver (optional) 


The PreSonus RM16AI Box Includes:
(1) PreSonus RM16AI
(1) SUB Wi-Fi Dongle
(1) FireWire 800 Cable
(1) Ethernet Cable
(1) IEC Power Cord
(1) Product registration and software authorization card
(1) QuickStart Guide